Vincentian crooner, Marlon Roudette was recently featured in the ‘New Noise’ section of international and independent, Wonderland Magazine.

In the interview, Marlon talks about signing to Simon Cowell’s SyCo empire, the difficulties he face as a song writer and his determination to make his career take flight in the UK.

Here are a few excepts from his interview:

Let’s get started. You’re the second non-competition winner to be signed to Syco. How did that happen?

It’s cool actually. We’d finished the record and ‘When The Beat Drops Out’ was an amazing smash for us in Europe. Syco heard about it through that, really. I think, for me, it was great knowing that Labrinth was already there and able to execute his creative vision. I realised that I’d be signing to a different side to Syco, but of course still with their infrastructure, which is amazing. I was quite flattered that they wanted it so badly.

In the UK, the past year has male singer songwriters doing very well. How do you feel coming into that now?

I think the style of music is different, first of all. I also think that the type of vocalists that Sam [Smith] and Ed [Sheeran] are immediately sets it apart. What I do is quite different to that. It gives me some faith in the business that two hard working, great writers are dong so well. I’ve always had a strong belief in the power of the actual songwriting itself and they’re proving that point. Especially from a State side perspective. I’ve got my first record deal in the US after being in the business for so long. It’s quite good to know that those records are connecting.

Was the album a slightly easier process?

It wasn’t easy. It was easier than previous albums in the past, just because I’d had a hit on my first solo album. I therefore had the resources to execute the vision that I wanted to and get my first choice team. Not just for a few tracks but for the whole process. That was a real blessing, because I’m definitely good at highlighting the things that I need help with. Tim Bran and Roy Kerr, who produced the London Grammar album, stepped in did an amazing job for me across the whole album. So in that point of view it was easy, but every album has driven me to the point of madness [laughs].

Having already released it in Europe, do you worry that people might just head out and download it before the album is released?

Not too much. I mean, I had no choice. It’s no secret that I’ve had to go outside of the UK and work very hard to build a career for myself when things were slow and flat here for me. I’ve had a fantastic career because of that and I don’t regret it for a minute. But I didn’t have the option to do it worldwide. It’s been a case of going out and putting in the graft that’s allowed me to be on the label I’m on now. Whether or not it’s an issue, there was no other way.

Read the entire interview here.