Hello, my name is Marius Trapp, I am 22 years and currently live in the center of Düsseldorf, Germany. In summer ’19 I graduated from the ArtEZ conservatory (NL) where I studied Jazz & Pop saxophone. Right now I'm playing a lot of gigs and shows and I’m also teaching and giving sax lessons. Additional to that I’m doing recording sessions and enjoy working together with different people and musicians!
1 - Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your path?
When I was on stage for the first time I immediately realized that this is what I want to do in the future. I saw that people really enjoyed the music I played and had as much fun as I had.
2 - Can you tell us about the process of making your work?
When I record parts for an artist I always start with checking out his music to get the vibes and an idea of where the music is going. After that I usually try out to improvise melodies, fills or solos over the tune. Then I listen to what I played in and try to develop further on the best idea.
3 - How do you know when a piece of work is accomplished? What’s your number 1 habit?
Usually I immediately get a certain feeling when I “finished” a piece. This feeling is hard to describe, but the saxophone is not playing anymore over the song, but is fully in it and completes the song as a whole.
4 - What drives and inspires you?
I love to work with different artists and producers from all around the world and to get inspired by their unique music and their culture. I also really enjoy to develop myself while working on a variety of music styles. It’s fulfilling to see a project growing and to hear the final result.
5 - What are you thankful for?
I’m thankful to do the thing I love the most and to have my passion as a job. I’m happy for all the people I got to know over the last few years, who supported me and helped me living my dream. It fills me with joy to work together with them on great music.
6 - Do you interact with the digital world/technology in your work?
Because I’m working together with a lot of people over far distances, technology makes up a big part of my work. I use it to get new clients, to send my recordings, to create new music, to do videos and of course to promote myself on social media platforms. Without the digital world I couldn’t do my job as I’m doing it now.
7 - How does your daily routine look like?
Because I have a flexible schedule I don’t really have a fixed routine or steady working hours. Usually I start the day by going to the gym in the morning. After that I begin to work on recordings. Teaching the saxophone and giving music lessons in school/musicschool is also a big part of my life. Between the students or after I finished I use my time to practice my own musical skills. If I couldn’t finish my recordings in the morning, I make a second session in the afternoon. After that I usually enjoy my free time and hang out with some friends.
8 - What advice would you give to your younger self following your steps?
Don’t think too much before doing things. Just do them.
9 - Why do you love what you do? Where can people find you? What’s the plan for 2020?
I really enjoy my work because it’s not the typical 9-5 job. You are your own chef and you always have new challenges to work on. That’s why it never gets boring. My plan for 2020 is to continue what I started last year and to develop myself further musically.
You can find me on insta (@marius_tra), on my website or check out one of my recording pages.
10-How do you get in contact with the ROU / What does this movement mean to you?
I got in touch with the ROU when I recorded the saxophone part for Garey Godson’s song “KoKo” in 2019. Through him I also met Hannes “HKMK” who produced the song. Since the beginning I really loved working together with them. Both are crazy talented and the ROU is a great platform where artists can meet, work together and develop. I really appreciate the positivity and good vibes from those guys and I’m looking forward to continue working with them on projects in the future!