Marvel Riot represents an alias for two well-known producers who, between them, have a multitude of hits and a Grammy nomination. Having joined forces with Celina Sharma on their recent single 'Say You Want It,' which is released through Lift Me Up Records, the duo have previously worked with the likes of IMANBEK, Jhene Akio, Sofia Reyes and Kiesza. The feel-good house anthem samples UK hit 'Do You Really Like It' by DJ Pied Piper and Master of Ceremonies, which hit the Number One spot in the UK in 2001.
Here at The Lowdown, we had the opportunity to exclusively speak with Marvel Riot about their recent single, the duo's formation, their musical influences and more. Keep reading to check out what they had to say!
You have recently released your new single, titled ‘Say You Want It.’ How does it feel to have new music released?
“It’s always good to finally get music out there. We'd been working for some time in the studio developing our Marvel Riot sound and trying to blend together different genres.”
What was it like working with Celina Sharma on this track?
“We first meet Celina while working on another track; but as soon as we heard her voice, we knew she was the right artist to feature on ‘Say You Want It.’ Celina is a real natural. She has a really up positive personality and loads of vibes, not to mention her amazing voice and tone!"
For anyone who hasn’t heard the new single yet, can you sum it up in a couple of words?
“If feel-good house music and R&B had a baby and then that baby went clubbing….”
How long did the single take to come together, right from the initial writing stages?
“About two years. We started working on it in September 2020 and signed it to Capitol in 2021. There was some delay in release while Conor's new label was set up, but I guess it took a year to get the track finished.”
Do you find that you both have a similar creative direction when it comes to writing, recording and producing music?
“For sure! It’s good that we both like many different genres of music and try to take inspiration from that. We often have a good debate about the exact direction to go in, as we're trying to keep the Marvel Riot sounding tracks separate from our other projects.”
How was Marvel Riot formed?
“We’d worked together in the past on a full intention remix of ‘Supafly.’ After that, we decided to do some more studio work together.”
You have already achieved immense success, with a multitude of hits and a Grammy nomination between you, but is there any particular goal you would most like to achieve throughout your career?
“Personally, we would just like to carry on making music full-time and hope that people are still listening in the future, and also make tracks that really connect and touch people.”
Who would you say are your musical influences?
“Quincy Jones, Cliviles & Cole, Prince, James Brown, Kanye West, Childish Gambino, Anderson Pakk and Bruno Mars - too many to name!”
What else does 2022 have in store for you that you can tell us about?
“We have a new release coming up on Positiva with our Sub-X project.”
Finally, do you have a message for all those who support you?
“Your support is much appreciated!”