Marcel Elisen Interview

Marcel Elisen Interview

Marcel Elisen was born on the 01th of January in 1968. His career started in the early 80’s as a Elvis Presley impersonator. In the mid of 1980, he renounced his Elvis suits and in 1985 he released his first single, "Rock Me." In the late 80’s, Marcel was in the supporting program at concerts of famous Dutch artists, like Lee Towers, René Froger, Gerard Joling, Piet Veerman, Rob de Nijs and others. His television debut was in 1993 in "The Henny Huisman Sound Mix Show" on RTL4, when he performed the song "Jacky" by Scott Walker. Later that year, Marcel went to Memphis Tennessee for a 10 day mini-tour. There he performed every night with "The Silver Eagle Band" in "Hernando’s Hideaway". In 2003 Marcel puts his singing career on the backburner and decides to devote more time to painting, another passion of him. You can find it on www.elisenart.com.   
At the end of 2010, Marcel Elisen decided to make music again. He recorded a Christmas album - “Merry Christmas", followed by a country album - „Rock and Roll sings Country." Marcel’s repertoire is a mix of Rock and Roll, Country and Golden Oldies. In 2012 Marcel had 8 shows in Memphis Tennessee and when he returned to the Netherlands, he recorded 29 Elvis Presley songs for a double CD called "Memphis Memories". Later that year he recorded another album with Dean Martin songs, called "The King of Cool".
 


In May 2013 Marcel returned to the USA again, to do shows in Tennessee and North Carolina. He appeared for the first time in two American newspapers with a picture and a interview. He released his album "Rock and Roll Cowboy" and a few months later, Marcel was back again in the US, to do a few more shows in North- and South Carolina. The Kings Mountain Police Department represented by the Chief of Police, hand of a special coin to him, for Excellence. When he returned home, he wrote the song “Kings Mountain". In the fall of 2013 he was back in the studio, recording the album "Slowly towards Fifty". This album is a joint project of Marcel and his friend Ron Verpoorten.
 


In June and July 2014, Marcel will be back in the US, to do more shows for his quickly growing fan base in North Carolina. In 2014 there are two CD releases are planned; the album "Slowly towards Fifty" and a gospel CD. For 2015 a double Cd album is planning, to celebrate Marcel Elisen´s 30 years, as a recording artist. Take a look at www.marcelelisen.com.
Gaby: 
Music has many new fans throughout Europe, they may hear about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you make, to someone who has never seen, or heard about you?
 
Marcel:
My name is Marcel Elisen, born and still living in the Netherlands (Europe)
I am a singer, who sometimes writes and records lyrics of his own, but mostly I sing songs from other artists. Like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Dean Martin, Alan Jackson and many others. My repertoire is a mix of Rock and Roll, Country and Golden Oldies.
 
Gaby: 
How much creative control do you have about your music?
 
Marcel: 
I have 100% creative control about my music at all times. This keeps me away from the bigger labels but I like to decide myself which song I am going to record and what the Cd will look like in the end. I select my own photographers and record every single album in the studio of my dear friend Ron, R.V. Studio. I like to be independent; it’s passion, not work. So the ‘control’ is covered..Lol.
 
Gaby: 
Who inspires you in music and how deep are your musical roots?
 
Marcel: 
I like all kinds of music from the 50’s and up, but my personal idol was and is Elvis Presley. He influenced me with my love for colorful clothes and jewelry. Even my style & sound of singing is partly based on his. I don’t hear it myself by the way, but many people mention it to me. I’m no imitator and no impersonator, just a sincere fan.
 
Gaby: 
As an artist, you have so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like most, what is your favorite activity?
 
Marcel: 
There are two things I like & love the most and that’s recording and performing.
 
Gaby: 
Before you became a star, did your friends and family support you or was it a never ending struggle?
 
Marcel: 
It’s always a struggle to get somewhere, but easy come, easy go, right? I had a very supportive mum and supporting grandparents and friends. Even my dad thought it was fun until performing got in the way of my daily job back then. For the past 11 years I am making a living as a singer and a painter (on canvas) and enjoyed every adventure so far. I have a wife, who supports me all the way and I can be creative as I please, I’m a rich man.
 
Gaby: 
What is the motor that keeps you going?
 
 
 
Marcel: 
I could give the short answer; passion for music and people. It’s a combination of singing songs you really like, performing, talking and listening to fans. Have a satisfied feeling after doing a recording take in the studio. The things along the way, make new friends, visiting the States twice a year to meet up and sing. No lack of motivation ever!
 
Gaby: 
Any thought of retirement ahead?
 
Marcel: 
Sometimes I think I’ll stop recording and performing after reaching the age of 50, almost 4 years from now. Return to making paintings full time ……………..time will tell.
 
Gaby: 
When you get time off, how do you like to relax?
 
Marcel: 
I like to watch movies and listen to music. I like cooking and spending time with our 3 dogs. I have a fan group on Facebook called; I am a Marcel Elisen fan, and this takes a ‘few’ hours a week as well. But when people comment or place/share a music video of you, the least thing you can do is like/or respond. It’s an honor.
 
Gaby: 
When you are on tour, do you have time to behave as a tourist?
 
Marcel: 
I’ll be touring & performing in North Carolina for 8 weeks in June & July. Mostly in the Charlotte, Matthews, Gastonia, Kings Mountain area. The singing is for 90% in the late afternoon or evening. So during the day I have time to ‘play the tourist’. But this time my schedule also includes shooting material for 2 or 3 music video clips, and some kind of festivity concerning my Cd single” Kings Mountain”, for which I will probably meet the mayor of Kings Mountain.
 
Gaby: 
What was the most enjoyable compliment, a fan has ever given to you?
 
Marcel: 
“Only one other person could make the hair on my arms stand up, and that was Elvis Presley, Thanks for bringing it back”
 
Gaby: 
Most careers don't last as long as yours.  What gives you the power of endurance?
 
Marcel:
Next year in 2015, I’ll celebrate my 30th anniversary as a singer, 1985 - 2015. It took a while to get picked up and get my name out there somehow, but it’s all based on doing what I like to do. It never chanced in 30 years, still a guy recording songs he personally likes. The power of endurance in my case is love for music, and for me that’s not a hard job.
 
Gaby: 
What kind of hopes and desires do you have?
 
Marcel: 
Hope to grow old with my wife in good health of body and mind, and knowing that I learn every day. I want to stay open for improvement on a daily basis to stay & become a better man. Desires I have none, I have a watch, I have a car, a ring, a house, a wife I love and trust. Food in the fridge and friends and family that I love. I have everything that really matters and more.
 
Gaby: 
Who is your castigator/ slasher/ hypercritic, you or somebody else?
 
Marcel:
I’m a perfectionist when it comes to performing or recording, so I’m a self critic in the first place. Beside myself I listen to the advice of only two people; Ron from R.V. Studio and my wife. Ron, a singer as well, knows what is off-key; he has a very fine tuned feeling when it comes to sound. My wife has a real good “feeling” when she hears a take for the first time. That’s the way I come to final studio takes.
 
Gaby Agrikola for Country Music News International

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