Posted On 29 Mar 2017
Meet the hip-hop artist named Diverse Marley! While still recovering from a life-changing car accident, Diverse Marley is looking to make his triumphant return to music.
“I just wanted to give my core and new fans something to vibe to. My intention with making this song was to create something catchy, speak on my current thoughts and create a record that was easy to relate to,” notes the Diverse Marley.
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Learn more about Diverse Marley in the following All Access interview:
AAM: Thanks for your time! What are some words you would use to describe 2016? What were some of the highlights for you and your music? What are you most excited about for 2017?
Diverse Marley: For 2016 I would use one word, motivating. I released my single “Casa Mamita” in April which brought in 120K streams on SoundCloud then I released a surprise EP on Labor Day. A highlight for me would have to be performing in Ohio. The love shown was dope. For 2017 I’m most excited about the new music I have to release. My sound has elevated and I’m excited to share it with my listeners.
AAM: Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your first musical memory?
Diverse Marley: Since 6th grade I wanted to be a rapper. My first musical memory would have to be writing songs with my friends in grammar school. We would write verses and compare and see who went the hardest. I haven’t stopped writing since.
AAM: How did you come up with your artist name? And why did you decide to not go by your own name?
Diverse Marley: Diverse is based off the actual definition, different from most, that’s how I feel about myself. The Marley actually was added after I started my career. My Twitter handle was Diverse Marley and a local DJ in Chicago called me by it thinking it was my artist name. I liked the sound of it and ran with it. I didn’t want to use my real name because I came from the era of hip hop where your name defined how you felt about yourself. Plus my name is Nicholas Woods, that sounds like an actors name or something haha.
AAM: Do you think that your hip hop sound has been influenced by Chicago and other Chicago musicians?
Diverse Marley: No. I don’t feel like I sound like anybody from Chicago. I’ve actually been told that I sound like I’m from New York when I rap. If I could choose though, I would say Kanye West is a big influence in terms of artist from Chicago.
AAM: I understand that you are still recovering from a life-changing car accident. Can you elaborate on how you are using this time to return to the music scene? How do you think this accident has affected who you are as a musician and what drives you to make music now?
Diverse Marley: I’m using this time to really perfect the sound of my new material and create solid projects. Focus more on quality over quantity. The accident was truly a life-changing experience, something I had never went through. It made me really question who I am as an artist and find that person. What drives me to make music now is the same as before, wanting to b heard by the world. I am more driven though. Simply because tomorrow is really not promised and the accident showed me that.
AAM: What was the inspiration for your newest single, “It Ain’t Adding Up”? How different is this song then anything else you have released?
Diverse Marley: My inspiration were things that I was dealing with and thoughts that ran through my mind. This track is much more laid back than my previous releases. It’s much more chill. Listen to Casa Mamita then listen to It Ain’t Adding Up, you’ll see what I mean.
AAM: When do you hope to release more new music and a full album of new tracks?
Diverse Marley: I hope to release some new music this month actually. As far as an album, I’m not too sure. I usually drop at the end of the 1st quarter or the end of 3rd quarter. Not sure how I’ll do it this year.
AAM: What artists have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
Diverse Marley: Different genres inspire me. I don’t just get inspired by rap but an artist that inspires me is Drake. And Future. In the future I would like to work with Andre 3000 and Lauryn Hill. I think it would be dope. I would also like to work with Post Malone. He goes crazy.
AAM: At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? What do you hope is the message of your songs?
Diverse Marley: I hope that my fans relate to my music. I want them to listen and hear something that they’ve actually experienced or thought about themselves. My ultimate message is that we’re all human. We bleed the same. We cry the same. We’re born the same. No man is greater than the next. Just live your life.
AAM: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself and your music?
Diverse Marley: My music and I are both getting better with time. The more I experience the more I have to write about. The more I write and work on my craft the more sounds I think of. I’m “Diverse”, my music shows that. Check out my site www.diversemarley.com