We were fortunate enough to talk ish with Singer…Mario!!! Mario is known for hit singles, “Just A Friend”, “Braid My Hair”, “C’Mon”, “Crying Out For Me”, “Let Me Love You”, “Break Up”, “How Do I Breathe”, “Somebody Else” and the list of hit singles continues. Mario is back with new music as well as a new venture, Rivers Media Group. Lets catch up with Mario…
3 Voices: You have seen a great deal of success over the years. What are some of the most memorable experiences to you?
Mario: Some of my most memorable experiences…I think performing overseas at a lot of the big, huge festivals over there. Recording my first song in a studio when I was like 13 years old. I recorded a song on Doctor Dolittle 2 soundtrack called “Tameeka” featuring Fabolous. Fabolous had just came out too. Also, going to Grammys and being nominated for a Grammy. Taking my mom to the Grammys with me. Yeah…I would say those are some of my most memorable moments thus far.
3 Voices: You have been able to work with some really great artists. Who are some artists you would still like to work with?
Mario: There’s a lot of new artists that I would like to work with but some of my favorites today is Kanye West. I would love to work with Ye just because he’s creative and the passion he has behind his music. And production wise. I would like to work with Rihanna. I would like to work with Katy Perry. I would like to work with Kendrick Lamar. I would like to work with A$AP Rocky. I would like to work with Ed Sheeran. I just think he’s a super dope guitar player. He makes great records. Having me coming from the music, as far as where I come from and him coming from his side it would just be dope. I wouldn’t mind doing another record with Nicki that’s like super turned up.
3 Voices: Tell us about the incredible new label Rivers Media Group.
Mario: So yeah, Rivers Media Group is a label I developed after being signed to a label for 10 years and starting at 15 years old. It’s a label I developed because I wanted to pretty much step outside of the box and take the handcuffs off myself as an artist so that I could do things more creatively, distribute my music more creatively and directly to fans. Rivers Media Group is a digital distribution label and we’re able to pretty much distribute and promote music, content, videos and whatever you want to sale to fans, to over 6 Billion smartphones worldwide. I’m excited about it because this will be my first time actually being a part of a label now that I developed 1 and 2 being able to put out music that I want, creating music that I want to create and pretty much not having any type of boundaries. I just think that it’s an amazing opportunity for international artists like myself.
3 Voices: Are there any artists currently signed to Rivers Media Group?
Mario: I’ll be one of the first artist but later on we’ll develop a few things where artists with labels will be able to distribute through us as well. And other artists can directly sign up too. So it’s for everybody…it’s a new model for everyone. I think that once the idea starts to open up, I believe that the right artists will come to the source and the great opportunities [for] the artists who are ready to set worldwide distribution will be attracted to the label. I think it will be amazing for different artists that are from Europe and a manager from Australia or from Asia and just from all the way from around the border.
Technology…you know from when I first started…technology, creativity has merged and has given us a platform as artists to communicate with each other and with our fans on social media worldwide and I think it’s time for RMG to be developed to give the artists even more of a reach to their fans when it comes to distributing music.
3 Voices: You will be coming out with a new album soon. Tell us about the inspiration of your upcoming album.
Mario: The inspiration behind my new album is pretty much a new beginning…recording and creating like I never created before. Behind closed doors…not a super expensive studio in every single city and moving around the right way. Just creating in the comfort of my [own] place, like my studio…having it be super organic. Just wanting to create music for the world. Bringing all of my tastes together in one project. I think that’s what fans want to see the most and hear the most when they hear the project. They’ll really get a chance to see Mario in his best in every lane.
But the inspiration is just being super worldwide, super open and just being inspired by all things creative, artistic, branding and consistency…all of these things and really bringing them together as a whole. The same thing that my label represents, my project represents. It just represents the world as a whole, it represents a creative expression…there’s no boundaries.
3 Voices: Will there be any guest appearances that the fans should be looking out for on the upcoming album?
Mario: Definitely! I’m trying to get like the meat and bones done first and then see what artists will sound right and see what happens organically. But I really wanted to put out…because my last single I put out with a feature, I wanted to put a few singles out with just me…and really give my fans me then later on start doing features.
3 Voices: Tell us about your new single, “Fireball”.
Mario: Oh man! Fireball is for the turn up. A lot of my other songs will touch the heart. Fireball is something I wanted to do at the moment. I was like Spring and Summer about to come up…I know we’re in Winter now but soon we’ll be in Spring and Summer. I wanted to do something that I can have fun with the people and they can ride around in their cars with their top down…[or] play it at the club. Like it’s just something that I felt in my heart was just fun. I wouldn’t be able to do it if I was at a normal label because they would want me to do something super slow and R&B which is cool but I’m way more versatile than that as an artist and I wanted to show that with this single.
The record is really just about confidence. It’s about creating your environment the way you like it. It’s about being the life of the party. It’s about having fun. It’s about being young and kind of just enjoying yourself. And [how] the Fireball line came about, one of the producers actually brought the Fireball into the studio and let me taste it. I was already on the chorus of the song, and as I tasted it, I was like “yo, this sounds good” and it kind of rhyme with what I was already writing so I put it in the song. And [it] just kind of became a part of the moment.
3 Voices: Can the fans expect an official Fireball video?
Mario: Absolutely! We’re actually getting that together right now. The lyric video will be out in the next few days. And I’m giving the single away to my fans for free. They can go on RiversMediaGroup.com and download the single for free. I just wanted to give them something from me out of want and out of their patience…just because I feel like with Fireball, it’s one of those records that I feel [that] everybody can relate to it. It’s a fun record. It’s not too serious…we just having fun with it. And I have so much more great music to give to them so they can go download that one for free.
3 Voices: In the past you have acted on both TV and film. Will you continue to act in the future? Are there any roles in particular you would like to play?
Mario: Absolutely! I love acting! It’s like one of the other gifts where I get to express myself as well as learn about myself. As well as tapping into your alter-egos and being creative…being risky and take chances and being jestful, do something crazy (laughs). I love that aspect of acting. No films are in the works as of just yet but I might have a few scripts [coming]. I’m looking to do something inspirational, confident driven and I’m looking to do something with some death to it…something that will actually show people like ‘yo, he can actually act too”
3 Voices: What is next for Mario? Are there any exclusives you can share?
Mario: There are some exclusives, but I don’t know if I can share them just yet (laughs)…Nah, but I’m going out to some cities and performing. Follow me on Instagram to keep up with what I’m doing. Hopefully in the next year or so you guys will be wearing something that was designed by your boy.
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to you on social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.?
Mario: My Twitter and Instagram are the same its @OhYesMario. The Facebook is facebook.com/mario. Also go to riversmediagroup.com to download the single and keep up with everything we’re doing. The app will be available for download really soon where you’ll be able to download videos and exclusive content.
And there you have it! You heard it all from Mario himself! Be sure to check out Rivers Media Group official website riversmediagroup.com for all his upcoming music including his new single, “Fireball”. Continuous success to you Mario and keep in touch!
Check out Mario “Fireball” Lyric Video: