Updated: May 21
Marco Colicchio developed from a grunge fan of the 90s to a graduate of the "Munich Guitar Institute" and is a lecturer at the Music School Reutlingen. He gained his live experiences from the garage band to the swing bigband at home and abroad. Thanks to Marco for this interview!
Q. How did you start out on your music journey?
Since I was a kid music was a natural need for me. I remember that listening to the records of my six older siblings was always a great pleasure for me. At some point when I was about ten years old we got a guitar as a present. I played on it even without knowing whether it was tuned and guitar lessons were not possible at this time. There was no internet to watch tutorials like today. But it didn't matter because the sound of the guitar and the fantasies and dreams were beautiful and enough for my ears. When I was a teenager I was shown a lot from a friend and what he had learned in his lessons. Then I got a job in a supermarket so I could get some music lessons and I could buy my first own guitar! My guitar teacher was a jazz guitarist and so my passion now was motivated more and more to become a professional guitarist, too. So I studied music.
Q. What kind of things inspire you to write?
I need to improvise to process the normal madness of everyday in life and to keep my soul balanced. All these feelings create melodies and rhythms that I record and produce. There are also topics that I am very committed to. With my songs "Welcome Back" or "Squirrel" I want to convey my opinion and vote for nature and animal protection. I also write songs to deal with my anger about the brutalization of humanity, racism or against speciesism like in the song "Freedom". Writing is my way of thinking like "Everything Changes" with the goal of becoming a better person.
Q. Who are your influences and what’s on your playlist right now?
There is so much music that I like and that influences me. But when I listened to the Smashing Pumpkins album "Siamese Dreams" it was clear to me what I wanted to do in my life. Music! My soundtrack for life is always accompanied by bands like The Cure, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Jamiroquai, Sade, Counting Crows, Vicente Amigo or Rodrigo y Gabriela. At the moment I can't stop listening to the new album "Baby, it's okay" from Flora Cash. I love it. To name any further bands also The Dig, Charlie Cunningham or Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. My Playlist finds no end because there are so many gifted bands...
Q. The world is dealing with the Covid19 lockdowns in different ways. We hope you have stayed well. Has the lockdown been an opportunity to create more music or has it been difficult to be motivated?
I have no desire at the moment to do live streamings or to write songs about toilet paper. Fortunately during the lockdown I can give online lessons to my students and my further work is to figure out what fundamental changes/topics I can take up on my work as a guitar teacher, even in the future. During this horrible Covid19 nature is just recovering a little bit and this is beautiful to see. I don't create more music now than usual but I think I have a new song idea right now.
Q. What’s coming up for you next?
I just want to be happy. And that's when I'm spending time with my partner and our dog. I don't want to plan anything else. I have the freedom to write and publish songs when I feel that now is the right time. I also like to make videos for my YouTube channel. This expresses my hobby doing shadow theater or creating stop-motion movies. Sometimes I have requests playing live gigs with my friend Joachim Kast with our guitar duo. I also like to support indie musicians by playing their songs on my radio station "Audible Area". Music never stops in my life.
Q. Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you and your music?
At this point I would like to say that music or making music is important to me for social interaction. It's a communication and entertainment and it's not suitable for competition or envy. I am working as a music teacher at the music school where I've been working with inclusion classes and I recognized that everyone experiences music in his own way.