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In October 2009 I recorded my first song, "Made For My Heart". I wanted to write a story about love, magic and fantasy. "Made For My Heart" is about the creation of my perfect lover and it was during the recording of this song that my hunger was fuelled to create more music.

Fantastic Mr Marcel - Stop Calling Me Names mixtape Vol 1

 

Theon-Marcel Phokeerdoss, is a British singer, songwriter, and illustrator. He was born in London and spent his early years there before moving to Ghana, where he his familial roots lie. In 2002 he finally settled back in London.

As a young artist I started out by drawing Disney Cartoon characters. This set me on a creative path and helped to build my confidence in my ability.

As a teenager I became fascinated by comic books and manga art. In turn this changed the kind of sketches I created an artist.

Heavily influenced by storylines, action and superheroes, over time I became captivated by this imagery and always wanted to become a hero myself, hence the name “Fantastic Mr Marcel”. It was during this time I began to express myself in a way that established my individuality and my signature style as an artist.

Upon completing my A Levels I attended London Metropolitan University, where I did a foundation degree in Art, followed by a degree in Interior Architecture. I then started to focus on myself as an artist and a musician and truly started to pursue my passion.

In October 2009 I recorded my first song, "Made For My Heart". I wanted to write a story about love, magic and fantasy. "Made For My Heart" is about the creation of my perfect lover and it was during the recording of this song that my hunger was fuelled to create more music.

I grew up listening to R&B, soul and indie music. I was heavily influenced but artists such as James Morrison, Paolo Nutini, Lauryn Hill, The Jackson five and a lot of Motown.

It was then that I started listening to the lyrics in the songs and, in 2002 started writing properly. I remember being in my room, putting on my favourite records and singing until my mum told me to stop making noise.

This is the first volume of my music and is titled "Stop Calling Me Names" Mixtape Vol. 1. I came up with the title, "Stop Calling Me Names", because I have been called every famous black musician under the sun, most commonly Wil.I.Am. This is my way of shedding these comparisons and expressing myself as an artist and an individual.

 

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