January 14, 2003
By: Tracie Galinski
Remember the name Marc
Broussard because you will be hearing a lot more from him in the
future. Hailing from southern Louisiana, Marc was exposed to a myriad
of musical styles growing up including Cajun, African, Jazz and
R&B music. Through the musical influences of Brian
Wind & Fire and his father, Ted Broussard, Marc developed
his own sound he calls "white soul." Marc started performing
on stage with his father at the age of five. Just fourteen years
later, Ripley Records' Leah Simon heard Marc perform on a curb in
Lafayette, Louisiana and the recording of Marc's debut album, Momentary
Setback, soon commenced. Now twenty-one, Marc's phenomenal vocal
performances and refreshingly honest songwriting have him touring
Tracie: You began
performing on stage at the age of five; did you know then that you
would still be doing it sixteen years later?
Marc: I had a pretty
good idea, I would say, but it's not really until
recently that it kind of hit me that I've always
wanted to do this and now it's actually happening.
It's kind of weird.
TG: How did you go about deciding the diversity of sounds you wanted
to make up your album Momentary Setback?
MB: We just kind of took
it one day at a time in the studio. Then, finally, when we got everything
finished, we realized how diverse it was and decided that song order
was very important. I don't think we set out with
the intention of making such a schizophrenic record. In my opinion,
it is schizophrenic at times. I'd say we really
just did what we could with what we had and tried to make the best
record we could.
TG: What is your songwriting process? In other words, do
you write lyrics whenever they come to mind, do you sit down with
intentions of writing a song, or is the process completely different?
different for every song. Sometimes I write a song in five minutes,
ten minutes, and other times it'll take me six
months to write a song, so it really depends on the song and the
mood of the song. Sometimes there are several different experiences
that go into writing a song that don't happen
necessarily at the same time.
TG: Is there any song you've written where the
process really stood out and you were surprised by how the song
MB: Blue Jeans was written
in a fairly strategic manner; the most structured. I wrote the chorus
first, and then for the verses I kind of just sat down and really,
really fleshed out what I wanted to say.
TG: When writing songs, is there any specific message you try to
MB: Always positive;
no negative. That's the bottom line. That's
my promise to my family--- to always put out a positive message,
no matter what.
TG: Are there any topics that are off-limits in your songwriting?
MB: I don't
think so. I don't think you should limit yourself;
it's just the way you talk about some topics.
TG: Why did you choose to name your album Momentary Setback?
MB: Momentary Setback
talks about overcoming obstacles and getting past them with a sound
mind. That's something that we all go through.
I'm trying to spring a positive light to that
table just saying, There are ways to go about
things without getting pissed off. Just chill out and start over
TG: What are your favorite songs to perform live (originals or covers)
MB: Use Me
Up by Bill Withers--- that's fun. That's a real fun song. It's
just funky and dirty and I love doing it. The original songs that
I enjoy doing would have to be The Wanderer--- it's a very
fun song to do--- and Blue Jeans is another cool tune to
do live. Both The Wanderer and Blue Jeans we now have
the tracks on stage with us in the live show, so it's just fun.
I enjoy playing both of them.
TG: Are they fun, in part, because of audience participation?
MB: The audience
really gets into The Wanderer, and Blue Jeans is another
one that the audience really digs. Most of the people are starting
to learn the words, around [Louisiana], at least. I do get a whole
lot of audience participation on those two songs, particularly.
TG: What event has impacted you the most from your career thus far?
MB: Coming out with a
record--- that just blew my mind. I actually have my own record,
with my songs that I've written. It's
one of the greatest pleasures of my life. The day that Momentary
Setback came out was an amazing time for me. Just a really, really,
really amazing time for me.
TG: If you weren't making music, what do you think
you would be doing now?
MB: Considering the circumstances
of my life at this point, I'd probably be working
off-shore somewhere for some oil company down here, because that's
what everybody does. You can get some money to support yourself.
TG: Are you enjoying where you're at right now?
MB: I love it here. I
love it with all my heart here. And I hope to never have to leave
here because it's the most wonderful place in
TG: Where do you hope to be in ten years: musically or otherwise?
MB: I hope to be the
winner of twelve Grammy Awards, the winner of a Nobel Peace Prize,
the president of a small country. . . No, seriously, I just hope
that I've sold seven million records by then,
I hope that I'm content with everything in my
life, I hope that my son is happy, and I hope that I can touch a
lot of people with my music.
TG: What musicians are you listening to right now? If we were to
open up your CD player, what would we find inside?
Marley. A whole lot of hip-hop, like Run-D.M.C.
and the Beastie
Boys. All Def
Jam artists. Bill
Withers, definitely. A lot of old-school hip-hop and Bill Withers.
TG: What do you love most about being a musician?
just the best job in the world, there's no greater
job in the world. I can support myself, as well as my family. In
my regard, there's some serious work involved,
but it's just the greatest job in the world; I
can't put it any way other than that. I get paid
to do what I love. I make people smile and dance and laugh. I don't
think there's anything that can top that.
TG: Are there any final thoughts you wish to share?
MB: God bless and peace,
love, and chicken grease.
Get your copy of Marc's debut album, Momentary Setback, and find
out when he will tour your town by visiting http://www.marcbroussard.com/.
Be sure to catch Marc's upcoming shows with Maroon5,
by John Chiasson.