Marlowe Grey – TMG Artist Spotlight

By | September, 8, 2015

TMG is pleased to present another introspective artist interview. This time featuring Marlowe Grey, the indie – ambient band from Brooklyn, NY.

Catch them at DROM this Friday September, 11th at 10pm! Grab your tickets here!

Photo by Joe Tanis

Let’s check out some of their music below!

Here’s their newest single, “Enough of This!”

 And another classic hit from Marlowe Grey, “Sugar Plum Fairy”!

Photo by Jessica Blackham


1. What’s your bands name? Where did the name come from?

Marlowe Grey. Honestly, we don’t have a cool story to explain where the name came from! It’s grown with us as a band.

2. The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?

The biggest struggle for us is against perfectionism. The balance between releasing out music into the world and having it be just perfect has been such a tough one for us. “Enough of This” is our third single, so by now songwriter Anthony John Pietro and our producer Charles Schaefer have mastered the art of finishing tracks. When they’re done they’re done. Our greatest accomplishment is our upcoming EP, “Midnight in Brooklyn” which will be released this fall. The tracks on it are as diverse as we are as a band, and we’re so excited to release it.

3. What other instruments can you and your fellow band members play?

The regular lineup is Anthony John Pietro on lead vocals and guitar, Angel Lozada on drunks, Trent Blackham on bass, Alex Wirkmaa on lead guitar and Paula Croxson on flute. We all play other instruments as well, though: Anthony pays keyboard on some of the songs and also plays harmonica, Paula plays percussion or keyboard on stage and Trent is an accomplished guitar player as well as playing bass. We love experimenting with different sounds so we’ll keep expanding our list of instruments.

4. Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre?

Each of us started for a different reason, for example Trent started playing metal and bluegrass and Paula was a classically-trained flautist. But we love our genre of indie rock for its simplicity and passion. In the simplicity of our structure and chords, we find space to create a many-layered sound. Every part is critical.

5. Do you have any memorable musical experiences that have shaped who you guys are?

Marlowe Grey has not always consisted of the current lineup. Aside from Anthony, the lineup of the band has changed considerably since the release of our first album “Zoa”. The current lineup have been playing together for almost 3 years, and is fantastic because we don’t just play together, we write and create together, and that supportive, creative atmosphere has really shaped us as a band.

6. Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now? Any special projects?

We are working on an EP, “Midnight in Brooklyn”, which will be released this fall and is very special to us. But we already are well on the way to finishing an album, “The Vanessa Bell”. We have so much material, we just keep writing. During its previous lineup, Marlowe Grey released an album “Zoa”, back in 2007, but we have come a long way since then. and it’s the new music we’re really excited to share now.

7. Do you collaborate with other artists? Inside and outside your genre?

We are always looking for artists to collaborate with. Aside from a long-running collaboration with former Marlowe Grey member Michael Joseph Koslow, now working on his own projects, we have a whole list of collaborators that help to bring the richness to our music.

8. What venues and events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?

We think we have a great live sound and we regularly play shows around New York City. Some of our favorite venues include the Mercury Lounge and the Knitting Factory. Our favorite recent venue was Brooklyn Bowl where we played in one of Turnstyle’s Coors New Legends events supporting Jessica Lea Mayfield – such a great venue and a great atmosphere.

9. How do you acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?

We work hard at it! We love our relationship with Turnstyle, who always help us to get great shows and focus on supporting artists. But we also find some of our shows ourselves and we have supportive friends who help us find great venues. We spend a lot of time not just publicising ourselves but also making friends – we always play by the same rules – be friendly, have fun, respect people and play our best every single time.

10. Do you have any mottos?

 Don’t stand in front of the drummer!

11. What artists inspire you?

Our influences are so important to us. Without them we’re nothing. We thank Kurt Cobain, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, John Lennon, Thom Yorke, Otis Redding… the list goes on.

12. What’s next for your band?

Releasing our EP, “Midnight in Brooklyn”, and our album, “The Vanessa Bell” are high on the list, but we’d love to play some festivals next year and we have so much more great music that we are already thinking about the next album after that.

13. What do you do when you’re not listening to or making music?

We all have day jobs! Anthony runs an IT company, Trent is a teacher and he and Angel both teach music. Alex is a paralegal. Paula has the most unusual job, she’s a neuroscience professor at Mount Sinai in New York!

14. What’s your favorite song right now?

“Enough of This”, of course! But personally I’m also loving Montreal-based band Milk and Bone’s song “New York” right now; it’s a totally different genre from ours but I like to draw influences from everywhere.

Photo by Joe Tanis

Huge thank you to Marlowe Grey for taking their time to do this interview for all of us!

Once again, catch them at DROM this Friday September, 11th at 10pm! Grab your tickets here!

Check out more of Marlowe Grey and their music through the links below!

Official Website