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Mario Reveals How His ‘Closer To Mars’ EP Offers A ‘Mystical Understanding of Balance & Contrasts’
The ‘cosmic being’ known as Mario has released his first new project in two years, and he talks EXCLUSIVELY with HL about how the Red Planet influenced the making of ‘Closer To Mars.’
“I recently found out as a couple of months ago that my name actually means ‘Mars’ in Latin. ‘Mario’ means ‘Mars’ in Latin,” Mario says when speaking EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife ahead of releasing his new EP, Closer To Mars. Initially delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project is Mario’s first new major release since 2018’s Dancing Shadows. The EP contains the singles “Pretty Mouth Magick,” “Closer,” and “Mars,” a Red Planet-inspired slow jam. “So, I went to the studio with my guy in Atlanta, Lil Ronnie. He’s an amazing producer, a Grammy Award-winning producer. And he’s like, ‘what type of music do you want to create? What type of EP is this?’ And I’m like, you know, honestly, I’ve been wanting to do just like a summer project, something that’s fun and up-tempo. But today, I’m feeling like Mars. Let’s create a record using the tempo of Mars and the key that the planet Mars is in. And for those of you who don’t know, each planet has its own key. And it also has its own tempo — BPM — that it runs off of.”
“So we just started there, and I just wrote the rest of the record metaphorically about having a night of passion, but also that in return, my love interest. Ultimately, that’s what this song is about,” says Mario. “And I wanted to marry that with a visual that was based in reality, but also based in the cosmic space.”
Themes of cosmic space, being in tune with the power of the celestial beings and connecting on a greater vibe with the universe’s energy. This sense comes from Mario’s own experiences. “I think I think for me, going up in Baltimore, seeing the darker side of life and then becoming an artist, traveling the world and seeing the brighter side of things – it gives gave this mystical understanding of balance and contrasts.