Mario Chats Foundation Room’s First Friday & More!

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Remember this song? “Just A Friend” by Mario.

 

Believe it or not, this song was released 11 years ago when Mario was just 15 years old. And we totally still get down to it.

We’ve watched this artist grow up in front of our eyes. There was this in 2004.

 

Then a leading role in Channing Tatum’s Step  Up in 2006, a third album in 2007 and a fourth in 2009. Now 26 years old, the R&B songster is getting ready to release his fifth studio album in September, an album which he describes as a bit “unorthodox.” And he’ll also be hosting First Fridays this Friday at Foundation Room at Showboat Atlantic City.

We recently chatted with Mario about all this and more. Check it out, below.

Mario

 

TAC: You were very determined from a young age. How did you end up landing a record deal at age 14?

Mario: I started singing in talent shows back home in Baltimore, Maryland where I’m from. My mom and my grandmother were huge advocates for my passion for music and seeing that I had talent and coming from a city like Baltimore where opportunities are very few and far between, they influenced me to use my gift to get to where I am today. I moved in with my first manager at the age of 13 and by the time I was 14, he had me taking meetings in New York. One of those meetings happened to be with the legendary Mr. Clive Davis and its pretty much history from there.

TAC: Do you wish you would have done anything differently entering the business so young?

Mario: Something very simple: Really just having more fun as a young kid. Me moving to New Jersey from Baltimore was a huge step and obviously moving from a really small city to a bigger state that was more versatile made me take life a lot more seriously. I wasn’t living with my family; it was a completely different surrounding for me, so all the fun stopped when I started working. When I started travelling, I had to become an adult at a young age.

TAC: You’ve grown up with your fans. How has your relationship with them evolved over the years?

Mario: I think we’ve grown together; those fans that have definitely paid attention to my career. Now with this up close and personal frenzy, I’ve definitely started to take advantage of my twitter and my instagram and really start to show fans my lifestyle of just living healthy to working out, to things I like to eat, to places I like to go. I’m excited about the future and the connection with the fans. I still don’t think there’s nothing better than the traditional being on stage, though and having a live band and really being able to connect with their hearts and their souls. There’s nothing like that.

TAC: Your released track “Somebody Else” features Nicki Minaj. What’s something about her that we would be surprised to know?

Mario: Nicki is sexier in person than she is on TV. She is very cool. She’s so chill and laid back. When she’s off-camera, she’s very focused on her work. She’s very focused on the shots, but once the camera comes on, she just goes into character. She’s very great at what she does. We shot at night and she came off of a movie set right to the shoot, so we didn’t even have time to really talk and chat it up, so it was really quick in and out.

TAC: You are currently having fans tell you about their Somebody Else on twitter, but what’s your Somebody Else?

Mario: I got a few Somebody elses! I’ve been on both ends of it. I’ve been somebody’s somebody else and I’ve had my own somebody else. Mostly all the women I’ve dated in the past, have been either like she just got out of a relationship, or is on her way out of a relationship. It’s a very, very touchy situation. I like to give women at least six to eight months to get over their pasts a little bit before I start to jump in. They need at least six to eight months to get that flow going and find themselves again before you start to date somebody else. But right now, I haven’t really had time. When I do get the chance, I like to meet new people. I’m a Virgo and I work hard and am always on the move, so I like to meet new people and just keep it fresh. I’ve got a few friends that I’ve known for a while, but I like to meet new people.

TAC: What inspired most of your work on your next album coming out in September?

Mario: There’s a lot of great music on this album. In terms of studying music and concerts and sounds and textures. I tried to make sure that I connect with each track whether it’s a fun song, a sexy song, a serious record, whatever it is. I just wanted to make sure that the texture and the vibe would fit me. In terms of the feeling of it, it lets people into my world a little bit. It’s dark, it’s sensual and it’s sexy. I still have fun songs on there, but it’s real dark, sensual and sexy.

TAC: You recently just made a guest appearance on a Martin Lawrence production. What can you tell us about that?

Mario: This show is called Love That Girl. It’s a TV ONE show. I played this really nice guy named Terrence, a very charming gentleman. He’s dating a young lady by the name of  Jasmine. He says he is a consultant but he’s really this undercover drug dealer type of dude and he’s very professional with the way he moves. There’s one scene where in the midst of their conversation, he jumps out of the car and he starts running because he sees the cops and that’s when she finds out that he’s this drug dealer. And she helped to set him up, but I’m not trying to give away the whole story! You need to watch it! Acting is really something I want to continue to do. It was a really easy job. It was a few hours of shooting. I don’t think it represents who I am as an actor, but it was fun and easy to do.

TAC: What are you most looking forward to about hosting First Fridays at Foundation Room this Friday?

Mario: Turning the BLEEP up! Just having fun! Honestly, my birthday is coming up on August 27th and I’ll probably be busy and only have one or two days to myself so I’m going to consider this an early birthday type of thing. Hopefully there will be some cool fans there. I really like getting personal and cool with my fans, so I’m looking forward to that and just having a good time. I’m looking to hearing some good music, seeing some beautiful women and performing some of my favorite songs and maybe some of their favorite songs. Atlantic City is a city like New York where everything closes late and is definitely a cool city.

TAC: You always seem approach every situation in a positive light and you’ve been though a lot of ups and downs so far in your life. How are you able to remain so optimistic?

Mario: I really think that that’s freedom. Especially when you are put in a position where you have so much influence and you are trying to become more influential, you have to always be a leader. I think the king out of everybody has to be the one that has the straightest head. With all the chaos that’s going on in the world and the chaos that’s going on around us, when you’re a conscious person, those things that you can’t control can be destruction. I feel like I’m a person that has a lot of responsibility and I try to stay positive so that I can take care of things. It’s the only way to survive. I came from dysfunction; I don’t want to go back to it. I grew up in dysfunction, so the only way that I can enjoy this blessing that I have is by being positive and being able to influence my fans and as many people as I can to be the same way.

TAC: What’s still on your bucket list left to accomplish as an entertainer?

Mario: I want to continue to help other artists in their careers. Soul Truth Entertainment is my label and I definitely want to put out other artists on there. I want to possibly go back and study metaphysics. That’s something that I want to do. I want to move outside of the US for a year or so to a different country and learn some new things from a different culture. I think that might inspire me in a different way. I have a foundation for kids with substance abusing parents and I would love to open up a school one day to teach kids that aren’t able to get a great education; teach them the curriculum of their choice and about the world, and about life, and how to be successful as a person first and then attack the career after that. There’s no personal development with students sometimes that don’t come from a good background. That’s what my school would be about.

 

So turn it up, ya’ll and be sure to catch Mario at First Fridays at Foundation Room at Showboat on Friday! Doors open at 10!

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A music junkie and pop culture nerd, Jackie has been storytelling and producing exclusive content through various forms of media since she was a teenager running online fan clubs on Yahoo Groups. Remember those? A Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ithaca College took her to the City of Angels where she scored bylines in The Hollywood Reporter and dabbled in music PR. An East Coast girl at heart, she circled back to her home state of New Jersey where she penned Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City’s Atlantic City Blog and hasn’t looked back since.

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