Soultrain.com backstage interview with Mario
SoulTrain.com: Mario, this is your first time on Soul Train. How do you feel? What is it like?
Mario: I feel like I'm ready. I'm just ready to go out there and show the crowd what's up. Oh, look at the [girls dancing on Soul Train], there's some good looking girls out there, bro. You just don't see things like this everyday, ya know what I'm sayin'. This is actually a good, strong show right here, the longest running show in history, I mean, nothing better, ya see what I'm sayin'?
ST: So Mario how were you discovered?
Mario: I started singing in talent shows and stuff like that. Anthony Jeeter, he's a talent show host in Balitmore. He got me in the talent show that was at Dunbar High School in Baltimore. My manager Troy Patterson was there. So he wanted to set up a meeting with me, but he had to leave and go back home to Jersey. So he called Anthony Jeeter and Anthony Jeeter called me, told me, 'Yo, you're gonna drive up to Jersey and meet this manager and producer by the name of Trey Patterson.' [I said], 'Alright, cool.' So we drive up there, we meet, and over the years, you know, we try to get this group thing going - me with a group - but it didn't work out. So Trey and me decided that it would be best for me to go solo. He knew Peter Ash from J Records and he got me in a meeting with Clive Davis. So, I went in the meeting, and I didn't really know who Clive was at the time, but I got my chance, you know. I sung for him, I Wish by Carl Thomas and I'll Make Love to You'by Boyz II Men, and it just worked out from there. I started in the studio working on my album and everything. We're almost done, we got like two more songs to do. The first single, Just A Friend, which you will be hearing real soon. Then we got, well we don't know what the second single's gonna be yet, but the album will be out in June. Trying to do big things.
ST: Now that you know who Clive Davis is, what is it like working with him?
Mario: He's the best, I mean, he's the top of the game right now, you know what I'm sayin'. Alicia Keys, he made her blow up like crazy. She took off. She was just doing talent shows or whatever with her band. I guess Clive took her under his wing and just made her fly away, you know? He's definitely doing big things. Clive is the best, he's got a lot of energy in him. He's ready to do anything to make his artist huge, you see what I'm sayin'.
ST: Now a lot of people are anticipating your album, Mario. Are you nervous about living up to everyone's expectations?
Mario: Not really, I'm ready to get out there and just do what I have to do to make people understand what's going on, you know what I'm sayin'. It's not [that I'm weak] or nervous, it's just, I'm doin' me. I can't do nothing else but do me.
ST: So, tell me about this Braid My Hair song.
Mario: We thinkin' that Braid My Hair is gonna be the second single. Hopefully, it will be. It's kinda like I'm workin' and everything, I get tired, I get all this stuff comin' at me. Sometimes I just wanna go home and tell my girl to braid my hair, you know what I'm sayin', it's kinda like that. It's on the, like, I'm Missin' You-type vibe, ya see what I'm sayin'.
ST: Now, I understand you're a romantic guy with flowers and candy and all that, tell us about that.
Mario: Flowers and candy? Who told you that. Letters, I like writing letters. Flowers is good. Males my age don't know about the flowers and candy. As a woman, if I was to marry you or if I was to come in a limousine to your house and give you some flowers and candy, how would that make you feel? Nice, right? That's basically where I'm at with it.
ST: Last question, tell us some of your hobbies and your favorite things.
Mario: Well, I like dirt bikes, I like talkin' on the phone, chillin' with my boys, whatever. I like playing games, basketball, football, everything that a fifteen year old does.
ST: What do we have to look forward with Mario?
Mario: Good music, great songs, vocals, good live performances. No kiddy, no kiddy, no kiddy stuff. So, thanks for this interview. I'm glad to be here. Watch out - I'm comin' for ya!
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