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John Wozniak: Marcy Playground, Collaboration & Indie Labels

Joining us this week is singer/songwriter and frontman of Marcy Playground, John Wozniak! With Marcy Playground, John has released 4 albums, with their debut album being certified platinum in the US, and the band’s 1997 hit “Sex and Candy” spent 15 weeks at number one on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart.

John continues to write and tour with Marcy Playground, with intimate & interactive shows in Southern Ontario from April 20th to 23rd in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their self titled album just around the corner. In this interview, we hear about John’s collaborative process, what’s coming up for Marcy Playground, and the advice he’d offer to his fellow musicians.

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Highlights

  • John shares that the biggest difference in the industry between now and the 90s is the number of independent labels vs major labels
  • John believes that the smaller number of major labels has opened up room for independent labels and networks to be created
  • John shares that the independent world is much more attractive to him than the major world, but there are benefits to both
  • We hear how Marcy Playground thought they had their one shot when their label closed down, but it turned out to be good timing
  • We talk about collaboration, and John shares how important collaboration is to growth as an artist
  • “If we created in a vacuum, we would never expand or grow” – John Wozniak
  • John shares how his best collaborations have been with Jordy Birch, as they’ve just clicked
  • We talk about how finding the right chemistry between a group of people to create a successful band is very rare
  • John tells us how he approaches producing, and why he avoids co-writing and producing in the same project
  • “When I’m collaborating with an artist, what am I doing to help the artist grow?” – John Wozniak
  • John shares how he decides what material is for Marcy Playground and what is for him as a solo artist
  • We hear how Marcy Playground are like family to John
  • “Music is a social business and a business of people” – John Wozniak

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