“My inspiration is my wife who is my personal manager and biggest fan.”

Check out the interview with Marvalis exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.­­­­

Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
I started when I was about 10 years old writing and singing songs. I listened to so many new and old school songs that I found a spark in me that made me feel I can do it too. Pretty much every artist.

What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
The best way I think to promote is to start with the people you know in your life; your friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances. These people are valuable and each person you meet personally would be best because people tend to support something they feel connected to. Mixed in with social media and local show cases that are not competitions.

What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I ultimately want to write for artists and have my music featured in movies. Of course after I drop a couple classic albums.

What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing would be making a positive income in it independently. It isn’t that hard, but it is the hardest. Your talents if done right business wise can bring in a decent income without having to conform to a major label.

What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
My city and area which is the 757 of Virginia is diverse because of the military. There are a lot of talented people in the area that are mainstream and up and coming. The scene looks good and has the potential to be a music capital in my opinion.

What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
I advise them to take their music seriously in all aspects with the production and paperwork, but make sure they have other avenues in making money. Musically it’s always good to do other things other than music.

What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I think getting signed to 1 Nation Records in Atlanta. I’ve gotten a chance to enhance my craft with industry production.

What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is my wife who is my personal manager and biggest fan. My kids who like my wife knows all my lyrics and artists who write and perform their own music particularly R. Kelly.

Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
No, I don’t. You have to have a business personality plus talent to me to make a revenue.

Where can we find you on social media?
Facebook: marvalismarlonfleming
Twitter: @marvalis100