Words: Pankhuri Bhutani
Hot on the heels from their recent hit collaboration, the sensational duo Jeremy Lloyd and Samantha Gongol, professionally known as Marian Hill recently joined forced with the phenomenal Yung Baby Tate to deliver a smashing track titled “oOo that’s my type”. With the euphoric, rapid-fire vocal delivery topped off over the pulsating beat production, there’s absolutely no doubt that this track is yet another intoxicating summer bop, that we all will be grooving to.
Known for their ability to infuse soul into a minimalistic soundscape, Marian Hill push the limits of their alt-electronic box by infusing elements of hip-hop, R&B, and pop. With the addition of the fiery Yung Baby Tate, new single “oOo that’s my type” is a sexy flurry of gritty bass and ingenious instrumentation–from water droplets to finger snaps and mysterious vocal effects.
We recently had an immensely exciting conversation with the talented Jeremy and Samantha on their new collaboration, how they’re dealing with the current pandemic and the plans that they hold for their future projects!
Hi there! Thank you for joining us on ReVamp! How are you guys doing amidst everything going on currently?
S- Hi! Happy to finally be releasing new music
J- Getting through it all, one day at a time. Hopefully by the time this article publishes my Sixers have won game 6 and 7 and I’m not depressed for the next several months…lol but truly the pandemic has been an incredibly trying time for me emotionally and physically and putting out new Marian Hill music has been a massive refuge for me and source of joy.
You are about to release your new track “oOo that’s my type” with the talented Yung Baby Tate. Huge congratulations on that! Kindly walk us through the creative process with the song.
J- It is I believe the 2nd oldest song on our album! And one we loved as soon as wrote it. It christened my new home studio and all came together pretty quickly. Sometimes you just know. I love how the bassline is dark and chromatic and kind of minor feeling while the song melody is bright and major.
S- thank you! Jeremy and I wrote this I believe in 2019, and it quickly became a favorite. It just felt fun and light, it bounced. We wrote a second verse but felt like something was lacking —
How did this iconic collaboration with Yung Baby Tate come into existence?
S- until we heard YBT’s verse! We’d been fans for a while and when we got her verse back we were like, this is it. It’s now iconic.
J- My favorite music to listen to is and has always been hip hop and getting more hip hop artists to feature on our songs has been a goal of mine for a while. I’ve been following YBT for a few years now watching her come-up — I love how multi-talented she is, writer, singer, producer, everything is on point. I was over the moon when we reached out and found out she was a fan and loved the track...truly a dream come true, and she absolutely slayed the verse.
You will also be dropping a phenomenal music video alongside the track. How was the experience like working on the video considering everything going on currently? Did you face any sort of challenges?
S- honestly, it felt great to be back on set even with Covid restrictions. I felt lucky to have been vaccinated by the time we shot the video, so that added stress was taken away. What was weird however was being separated from Jeremy during the video. He was unable to travel at the time, and we have never shot content separately for an album campaign before.
J- Working with our director Mitch DeQuilletes was an absolute dream. He directed our Was It Not video as well and is so great at coming with his own vision and ideas while working closely with us and making sure it aligns with what we want to do. As much as I missed being on set (I wasn’t vaccinated yet and Sam was!), Mitch kept me super involved in the concept and execution and I’m so pleased with how it turned out.
Where do you two garner your major music influences from? When it comes to songwriting and creation of music, do you both require a specific setting to work in or do you consider yourselves to be easily flexible?
S- I would say I’m fairly flexible! However my mind needs to be right haha. I mean emotional pain is fine, but I can’t be running around and anxious or it’s hard for me to focus.
J- In the years before the pandemic I was the kind of creative who needed to have everything just right. Right time of day, snacks on hand, exercise beforehand, etc. During the pandemic I dealt with issues with my hands where I couldn’t make music for months…now that I’m recovering and able to produce again, I treasure every moment, and writing songs and producing music is the thing that makes the rest of me feel better, feel centered, feel good.
Marian Hill showcases such a unique and exemplary sound. If you could describe your music in your own words, how would you define it?
J- huge drums, empty space, and a smoky voice cutting through.
S- sexaphone dominant?
What’s one thing that your fans should know about you two personally which they might not get to know about listening solely to your music?
S- fans most likely know this by now but we’ve known each other since middle school
J- it means so much to us to know that at any given moment someone is listening to something we made. Getting to make music that people want to listen to is such a gift and it’s only possible because you all give a shit. We love you.
Have you set yourselves any goals for 2021? Is there anything on your bucket list that you really want to achieve by the end of this year?
S- damn. I had so much on the list for 2020 and for the most part it all fell to pieces. It was really just a terrible year. So I’m trying to stay grounded, realistic and optimistic haha. But not too grounded… one should always have an eye to the clouds.
J- I am extremely one day at a time these days. But in addition to the Marian Hill album, which is our best album to date in my opinion, I’ve got 2 Clear Eyes albums (my solo producer project) and a Reo Cragun album sitting on my hard drive that I can’t wait for the world to hear.
Lastly, is there any message you’d like to convey to your fans from all around the world?
S- Just thank you. Thank you for sticking with us, we know it’s been a long year. Thank you for holding onto your tickets if you were willing and able, and we can’t wait to show you new music MH album number 3. (3.5 if you count Sway as an album, which honestly sometimes we do).