How did you get started? Tell us your story!
The name Supa Mario originated from my middle name "DeMario and the word "Supa" describes how I overcome obstacles and challenges and make the best of those situations. I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up throughout Louisiana. I grew up listening to late 80's and 90's hip-hop and R&B. I listened to great music through a time where music changed and involved into not just an experience but a culture where individuals can have their own imprint. I got started making music in 2004 while I was deployed overseas in Iraq OEF. Without my knowledge and out of boredom, I discovered a talent that I never knew I had. I took it seriously in 2009 when I was told by a client of mine, he was very impressed with my studio skills and told me that I need to look into getting an education in music production. That same year I moved to Houston, Texas to enroll into audio engineering school. The biggest moment in my music career was having to meet and hear lectures from Teddy Riley and Zaytoven at A3C which motivated me to push harder.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, YouTube, etc.)?
My experience in the music industry consists of pursuing an associate degree in audio recording technology. my learning style is having to do things Hands-On, even if I'm showing someone or if I'm learning. I believe YouTube is the best learning resource for anyone that is trying to make the best of their skill because it's the closest thing you can get to hands-on learning. Visuals definitely help out more than reading a book.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
So many! I had to pleasure to collaborate with Hurricane Chris, Cupid (Cupid Shuffle guy) and his producer Mr. Phat, R. Prophet from the group Nappy Roots, 3DNatee and Lady Kym. I have worked with plenty of artists from South Louisiana and Shreveport, Louisiana as well.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
My biggest influence was Mannie Fresh. I love how he blended real instruments with a modern sound, and it made it bang and have a signature sound. I love listening to Kevin Gates his subject matter hits close to home. On my playlist right now is Kevin Gates, Rod Wave, Lil Boosie, and MO3.
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
The obstacles encountered and faced is how to stay relevant and adjust to the ever-evolving music industry. As a producer I have to keep up with the sound and with what the artists like, so that is really a task.
How would you describe your sound and style?
I will confidently say that I do not have a signature sound, but I have versatility in "the norm". My style would be having your "current drum sounds" over melodic acoustical instruments, and sampling old record and putting a twist to them.
What are some of your goals this year?
To increase my networking skills and to continue to develop my artists that are new to the music game. S/O to Wrecka!
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
I would love to work with the producer OG Mannie Fresh and Cardo "Got Wings", artists like Rod Wave, and engineers Leslie Braithwaite and Manny Marroquin.
What is your creative process like?
My process is to get a melody going then knock out the kick and snares, then add another sound to marry with the melody, add an 808, then finish the rest of the beat. I export the audio stems from Ableton Live and mix and master them in Presonus Studio One.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
Right now, must be Five Guys Burgers.