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Interview with Marcela Bovio

There are some singers that truly catch you off-guard. I have to say when first heard Marcela Bovio, I was captivated. She has such a remarkable voice and her work with the band Stream of Passion is excellent. After they split up in 2016, Marcela has been really busy. From joining up with Anneke van Giersbergen in her projects, The Gentle Storm & Vuur, to releasing her solo album, Unprecedented. It's fair to say that she has kept herself pretty busy. I caught up with Marcela and got an update on what she is currently working on. Her new album, working with MaYaN and keeping in touch with her community of fans. 

What are you working on right now and what are your plans going forward?

I’m working on quite a few things! I’m getting ready to release my second solo album later this year; it’s going to be titled “Through Your Eyes”, and it comprises 11 songs that I wrote all based on stories by different people.

I’m also working with the metal band MaYaN, as we’re also going to release a new album in September. We’re currently going through the album mix, planning videoclip shootings and more preparation stuff.

I’ve also got a brand new Patreon page I just set up ( and some other projects in the pipeline! But those are still secret

Could you tell us a bit about your creative process from musical and lyrical standpoint?

Most of my songs start with me singing random melodies during the day; I usually end up singing something I like that I then record on my phone, so I don’t forget it. Then I’ll sit at the piano and figure out some musical background to go with it, and then I’ll come up with some lyrics.

The big exception has been the songs in “Through your eyes”, where I always already started with some lyric ideas. This because the message of the song and the story behind it was the most important thing when writing, so I started from there.

You’ve mentioned that you have recently opened a Patreon. What lead you to make this decision?

I released my previous solo album through a crowdfunding, and that went incredibly well; not only was it financially very successful but it also brought me so much closer to my followers.

So I’m hoping this Patreon page does the same: that it helps me continue producing music, while helping me stay in touch with the people who appreciate it. I also like the idea of trying different musical styles, and doing fun stuff with my patrons: we’ll have live webcasts, they get to suggest songs for me to cover, things like that

So, how is the Patreon going so far, as it’s only opened recently?

It’s going so well! In no time we’re already over 100 patrons strong, which is really inspiring and heartwarming. I have a goal to reach 150 patrons and when I do I will host a live online acoustic show for all my patrons, I hope we get there!

What/Who sparked your passion for music?

Music has been part of my life ever since I can remember. I was put in music school by my parents when I was like 5 years old; I learned a bit of singing, flute, rhythm, music theory. The earliest memories I have from my childhood are of singing and coming up with melodies in my head and being thrilled with the idea of singing and performing.

Who were the singers that inspired you and continue to inspire you?

So many! When I was in my teens I was very inspired by women like Dolores O’ Riordan and Alanis Morissette, who have unique voices and explored heavier music. I then fell in love with metal music and singers like Anneke van Giersbergen, Kari Rueslåtten, Ann-Mari Edvardsen, who are all women with very unique, powerful and yet also very emotional voices.

Out of your whole career so far, what is your favourite song you’ve performed on and why?

Oh dear, that’s tough… because all the songs I’ve written are kind of my babies, haha! I do say, I am very fond of “The One” from my solo album “Unprecedented”. It’s a song with a lot of dynamics and a lot of emotion. I like that. 😊

What is the one song you wish you had made and why?

I love this song called “Rome” by Susanne Sundfør. It’s just such a fantastic track, with a gorgeous haunting melody; very memorable but also with some interesting bends and complexity to it.

To you, what is the most important thing about performing live?

Being able to connect with the people in the audience. You can give a stellar performance but if you’re not doing your best to connect with the crowd then it’s not a great show.

You mentioned that your working with the metal band MaYaN, could you tell us anything about the album?

I’m very excited about it. I think it’s way more diverse than the previous albums they’ve made: there’s some very extreme, hectic parts but also a lot of gorgeous melodies and symphonic moments. The lead vocal parts are also more divided between all of us, so you get a lot more different sounds across the album.

Are there any countries that you haven’t been to that you’d like to perform in?

I would love to visit Japan once! And I would love to go back to South America soon, I love it there.

To end with, what is the hardest thing that you’ve had to overcome and how did you overcome it?

Not really a specific event but something that has influenced me a lot is the fact that I’m quite insecure and constantly doubt myself. I’m not sure I’ve fully overcome it yet, but I’m still trying. Focusing on the positive things in life, staying active and meditating really help.


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