Exclusive Interview With Songwriting Duo Lyn & Marcos
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Exclusive Interview With Songwriting Duo Lyn & Marcos

Lyn & Marcos is the dynamic singer/songwriter behind the popular new single “For America”, a patriotic and heartfelt ode to the United States of America. Composing this track together on a cross-country flight, the duo showed impressive songwriting capabilities in creating a patriotic song that already feels like an American classic. In performing the track, Lyn & Marcos further gained critical acclaim for their stunning performance that helped to make the track feel even more grand and uplifting. With Lyn & Marcos quickly becoming the most exciting singer/songwriter duos in the industry, Idols 2 Rivals was excited for the opportunity to sit down for an exclusive interview with them. Check out the interview below, where Lyn & Marcos talk everything from their backgrounds, writing “For America”, and their exciting future:

Idols 2 Rivals: What first got you guys into music?

Marcos: My Grandmother played organ in church and I picked up her acoustic guitar and began playing. My mum who always encouraged me in music bought me an electric guitar and an amplifier and my brother a drum kit, so we could jam together. I learned to play my brothers drums as I loved rhythm. A neighbor gave me an upright piano so I became a multi-Instrumentalist!

Lyn: My Dad would sing to me when I was a baby and we began singing our first duets at age 3. I began writing poems at age 6, and my parents bought me my first guitar at age 12 and I began writing songs.

I2R: What’s the meaning of your track “For America”?

L&M: “For America” is a joyful and heartfelt patriotic song. The lyrics reflect the diverse culture and history that has made America a great nation, haven and home of all nations. The heart of the song celebrates people of all nationalities, who are given the freedoms to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I2R: How did you come up with the song?

M: I originally had the idea for the song and asked Lyn to write it with me and she finally said yes as we were on a flight to NY. Twenty-five thousand feet up in the air we crafted the song and by the time we touched down the song was written. We called our string arranger Chris and he began writing the string arrangement.

I2R: Who inspired you guys to make music?

M: I was a Mod in England and listened to soul, rhythm and blues, ska, and jazz as well as all the 80’s bands from the new romantic scene coming out of England. I was the drummer for Yahboo! from Sheffield who my Mum managed. Yaboo! Was a large funky horn band that played originals and James Brown covers. I also got heavily into jazz fusion and was a studio musician and enjoyed to play all styles of music. Peter Gabriel was an early inspiration as an artist and songwriter. His music was very emotional, eclectic and moved me deeply.

L: My Dad definitely was my first inspiration. He introduced me to old school R&B and soul music. I listened to top 40 pop and some of my early influences were Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Reeves and Aretha Franklin. As a teen, I began my professional music career at age 12, singing for weddings and as a studio singer. I would practice at least 6 hours a day and I studied classical voice and then moved on to jazz and singing for recording sessions in upstate NY and Nashville.

I2R: How would you describe the music that you typically create?

L&M: We would describe our music as eclectic in style, melodic, redemptive with healing qualities and strong lyrics with melodic hooks.

I2R: What’s your creative process like?

L&M: We usually write in the studio or sometimes we get out into nature to find inspiration. One of us brings the song start, then the other would play guitar or piano and we begin the song flow. One of us may have the hook or title then we both begin laying down the melody and developing the story. The marriage of lyrics and melody is extremely important as well as writing to the hook.

I2R: Who would you most like to collaborate with?

M: Lyn is one of the best singers I’ve worked with. Lyn can sing opera, jazz, rock, soul and gospel and is also great at backgrounds and harmony, so I get to collaborate with someone I admire musically.

L: I love collabs and have written with several writing partners but I love writing with Marcos because it’s fun, engaging and Marcos plays the guitar in many different tunings, so he comes up with really juicy chords and catchy choruses that help inspire the lyrics.

I2R: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

L&M: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Michael Bubble’ and Chris Botti

I2R: What is one message you would give to your fans?

L&M: Thank you for supporting us in what we love to do. We appreciate your dedication and hope we will always inspire you to reach for your dreams to make the world a better place.

I2R: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

M: That’s a hard question because music has always been a part of my life. I would be serving humanity in some capacity.

L: I would write books that empower, encourage and inspire others motivating them to be the best version of themselves.

I2R: Where have you performed?

L&M: We are a new duo and just released our first single, “For America” on July 4th, 2022, however, we are planning to tour.

I2R: What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

L&M: We love all venues for different reasons. The big crowds are very energizing and exciting however, the smaller venues are more intimate like they’re in your living room.

I2R: Do you have any upcoming shows?

L&M: We are planning a tour and a trip to Nashville, TN to promote our next single, “Sometimes You Just Need A Good Country Song”.

I2R: How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

L&M: We both feel that the Internet has provided a mega platform for all types of independent artists to promote their music. Many have been discovered and built careers from social media by doing it correctly, with good team building, marketing and persistence.

I2R: What is your favorite song to perform?

L&M: “For America” for sure!

I2R: Which famous musicians do you admire?

M: Lennon and McCartney, Steve Gadd, Chick Corea

L: Dianne Reeves, Oscar Peterson, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion

I2R: What is the best advice you’ve been given?

M: You have two ears, so listen twice as much as you speak.

L: It doesn’t cost much to be kind.

I2R: What’s next for Lyn and Marcos?

L&M: A tour, writing and recording, shooting our music video for our new song “Sometimes You Just Need A Good Country Song.” It will be a lot of fun!

For more from Lyn & Marcos, check out their official website: lynandmarcosmusic.com