Mann: Doing art the way others want it would make me a pointless artist.

Mann announced last month the name of his highly anticipated EP Lava and let fans listen to one of the songs named “Shadow”, which shows a clear departure of Mann’s previous albums. The singer from Vancouver, B.C. opened up about his life and what can be found in his upcoming effort. Mann had a webcam interview with the website Aedon Music about what’s coming and opened up his heart like he never did before.

Aedon Music: Why Lava?

Mann: Because it’s fire, it’s heat, it kills what’s old. That’s my music.

AM: What are you killing?

Mann: Who I was. I spent too much time trying to please others but myself. I reached a point in my life in which I wanna be selfish for once, this EP is entirely selfish.

AM: And what do you talk about in the songs?

Mann: I talk about a broken heart. About being used by people because I’m a nice guy. This record talks about all the darkness that has been boiling inside of me. Now it’s erupting in this EP.

AM: Great time to do art, right?

Mann: Yes. Pain did the trick. People really disappointed me in the past year, so the songs emerged organically. I’ve always been a very reserved person, and when I finally started to open up to people [they] really slapped me in the face. I don’t think I have ever experienced so much pain before, of how someone you trust entirely can pretend you never existed.

AM: Is Lava about love then? You had clear messages in your previous records, what’s the message in this one?

Mann: I guess the message is that I had to get through all of this pain to really get to who I am as an artist and as a person. I devoted my life to always behave the way I was supposed to while fighting to reach my dreams. I experimented a lot musically in my first three records, fooling around with different styles and I’m proud of what came out of it. Now, after tasting a bit of everything I found my path. My musical journey is also my personal journey. In Mexico I was always living up to expectations, even as a little kid. The eldest brother, the eldest grandson, doing good in school. Later on, pressure of getting married, or working an office job and having a “real career”. So doing art the way others want it would make me a pointless artist. I shut everyone’s mouth by following my dreams, and I’m really proud about that. No one is living my life but me.

AM: You have certainly changed since last time we spoke. What’s the favourite song of the EP?

Mann: Well, they are all my favourite somehow. “From The Start” sums up that need to reinvent myself. “Shadow” has actually a pretty cool story behind. I went to Seattle last december in this trip trying to get inspired by a new city, new art, and to get a different air. I went with my best friend at the time, and I had one of the best days of my life. Then, after exploring Seattle, and before meeting up with a friend of mine that lives there, we sat down on the common area of the Hostal and I wrote the song.

AM: You actually stayed in a Hostal?

AM: Well, yes. It was my friend’s idea, actually. I shared the room with five randoms. It was creepy, but cheap. (Laughs) Anyway, the point is, I was looking for answers about where my life was heading. I needed some sort of a journey to reconnect with me, because I certainly didn’t know who I was up to that point. So that shadow represented the expectations, the fears. Now I got this song.

AM: “Shadow” is certainly very different from your previous music. Is the entire EP like that?

Mann: The songs are definitely darker songs. Each one has a particular voice. Another one I mentioned before is called “The Door” and it is very electro-rock like “From The Start”. Other songs have strings by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra members, and they created an amazing atmosphere. My voice is also way more exposed than before. I sang from the heart, ’cause I really connect with the lyrics.

AM: You had a production made entirely in Vancouver, right? Did that changed things?

Mann: It did, mainly ’cause I had time to do it! Before we were always rushed, ’cause when I went to Mexico I was touring, and promoting music while recording. Days were long and exhaustive. Now I took quite a few months to do the EP. We have been polishing the songs. Murray [Yates] has really helped me out to get the best of the songs. He is one of the most dedicated producers I’ve ever met. And what I love is having Vancouver talent on board, you know? I think we as a city have a lot to offer in the music industry. We all should help each other.

AM: When is the EP gonna be out? You keep having us waiting.

Mann: I have no release date yet. I want to promote it and my schedule is insanely busy at the moment. Beginning of 2013, hopefully late 2012. I want to slowly release the songs every month or so for people to hear them in advance. I’m in talks for a music video too. I’m working lots right now, getting everything ready.

AM: And the duet? What’s going on? Is it happening or not?

Mann: The singer we invited is interested. We are just waiting for people in between and paperwork. I am remaining positive, it would be an honor to perform with her.

AM: Thanks Mann, anything else?

Mann: Fans, you’re the blood that keeps my artistic heart pumping. I love you all, and your support. This EP is a game-changer. I know it.

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Mann’s Remix for Free

Mann’s remix of “From The Start” by Manuel Contreras can be downloaded for free. The remix was included in the Radio Single for the song, which has been steadly standing in the third position at Canadian Latin Charts on Reverbnation for over six months!

Get the song for free now. Just click here

Mann confirmed as Judge in Vancouver’s Greek Idol!

Mann is returning to the spotlight and not exactly to perform this time, but to judge and discover emerging Greek talent in commemoration of Greek Day in Vancouver.

The Latino star will be sharing the  table of judges with Greek sensation Natalia Pardalis and rocker Johnny Ketlo next June 24, 2012.

Mann is set to release an upcoming EP later in 2012.