By Nicholas Jason Lopez
A highly recognized name in the Algerian death metal and rock scene since the early 2000’s, singer-songwriter Max Marginal (Isolation, Silent Obsession) has since shifted his focus to a softer sound upon his solo effort with the release of his latest acoustic single “Bloodline.”
A track that pays homage to the familial bond between a parent and their child, “Bloodline” explores generational traditions and serves a new era for Marginal, who is normally used to expressing his feelings through growled vocals and fast-paced guitars.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to talk with Marginal about “Bloodline,” what he has been up to lately and more.
Music Bugle – What inspired the artwork for your single “Bloodline”?
Max Marginal – The park bench, for me, was very significant. The artwork inspires the union of a family, no matter the place or time, through both the good and bad moments.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Algeria to someone who has never been there before?
Max Marginal – If you like the Sahara, the sea or the mountains, Algeria is a beautiful country with welcoming people. There are great hotels in each city and many restaurants with all different cultures. There are many museums, parks and historical monuments. There are even Roman ruins to the west of Algiers, which is the capital.
Music Bugle – What is your favorite creative aspect of being a singer-songwriter?
Max Marginal – I strive to be original with each composition of a song, taken from an experience or a moment in my life, to interpret it in my own way, so that it is authentic and does not look like another song by another artist.
Music Bugle – How would you differentiate your work in bands like Isolation and Silent Obsession to your own solo music?
Max Marginal – Very different. Isolation and Silent Obsession are linked to the end of the world. For my solo album, I wanted to take a deeper look into how to use my music to touch an audience other than through death metal and that was to use experiences from my own life.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Max Marginal – Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Max Marginal – I usually go to Italy or France to decompress.
Music Bugle – What’s a movie that you could watch over and over and never get tired of?
Max Marginal – “The Godfather.”
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep on going?
Max Marginal – I don’t have one in particular. I am a person who is basically hyperactive. I can’t sit idly by. I always find ideas to move forward.
Music Bugle – What do you wish happened less in today’s music industry?
Max Marginal – Nothing, actually! On the contrary, the scene is doing well, whether it be rock or heavy metal.
Music Bugle – What advice would you give younger musicians just starting out?
Max Marginal – I would say to be modern, create original concepts and keep an eye out to be inspired by new things.