Interview: Marlin Beach – Red Eye

Lucas Adlhoch, on the road as Marlin Beach since 2021, has been in the music business for many years: as producer of Some Sprouts, Moon Mates and The Komets, mixer of Bruckner, live musician or support act of Sportfreunde Stiller. Marlin Beach is a multi-instrumentalist and music nerd, songwriter and producer of his own pop sound world between guitars and synths. 

Hi Marlin Beach, how are you today? 

Hey there! Feeling good but also kinda sweaty, wish I had a pool! 

For those that haven’t heard of you yet, how would you best describe your sound and who have been your biggest influences so far? 

I like to call it ‘Yacht Pop’. It’s a mixture of 80s genres like yacht rock and synth pop. I’m a fan of most dad rock bands like Steely Dan and The Doobie brothers, but my biggest influences are more recent artists like The 1975, Roosevelt and Jungle. 

You also take inspiration from a variety of different genres. Can you tell us what kind of music you listened to while you were growing up? 

My mother was a huge hiphop, rap and RnB fan, which is probably why I started playing drums and am now writing more rhythm based material. As soon as I started taking drum and guitar lessons my teachers came in with a lot of classic rock and metal, that inspired me a lot and I still enjoy a good rock band! 

And what was the first album you remember owning? 

I know I had a lot of trashy compilations and singles when I was a kid. The first album I remember owning however was Green Day’s American Idiot. 

You have just released your new single ‘Red Eye’. Can you tell us how that release came about? Is there a story behind it? 

The song is about being with a person and losing time entirely, talking all night until sunrise. I wrote it last summer when I had the experience myself. I was incredibly tired when I came home from a beautiful night and the title ‘Red Eye’ (like the flight) popped into my head. At first I had planned on releasing only 5 songs for my first EP, but when I decided on making it 3 more songs it was clear that ‘Red Eye’ had to be on there.

How would you say it compares to your previous releases? 

I think it’s probably the most modern sounding production. The funky rhythm guitar was added late in the process and I wrote the whole song based on the drum and synth part. It’s also a true story and as much of a love song as you will get from me. Not all songs are that serious to me. 

The pandemic has obviously affected everyone’s plans, but what have you got in store for the rest of the year? 

I will release my debut EP ‘Exploration Days’ on September 2nd! Along with that I plan on playing some more concerts (almost) all over Germany. I might just try and find a week to lock myself in the studio again and work on new tunes for next year! 

And finally, what do you hope to have achieved as an artist in the next five years? 

A lot can happen in five years, but honestly I rarely have specific milestones I work towards, because to me the most important thing is doing it at all. Being able to work in the music industry and having my own project is a dream come true in itself and I will continue doing just that! I would love to be able to play tours with my mates in the live band and release more music in the future, grow as an artist, write songs, etc. but mostly I just hope I will never get tired of doing it! 

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