Interview with Marc Victor Maria Denys

I have two artist names Marc Victor Maria Denys and Isa Marc Al Mahdi
I am born . In Eeklo. That is a city in Belgium. Europe. My mom got pregnant from me just after she was married. My parents were fighting over my name. So I have been told. My grandfather was in the resistance in World War Two. My ancestors had a shield with a tulip on it. A tulip is the symbol of love.

When I was a small child I often had the same nightmare. I was chased by two balls. One black…The other white. I ran as fast as I could through the street through a village. But every time again and again . I woke up crying and screaming every time. My mom came then to me and comforted me always. She always made a cross with her thumb on my fore head and said then; gOd bless you and saves you.I had those dreams till I was six years old. Now I know what the dream meant.

In 1986 I felt I was going to die at the age of Seventeen years. A whole year I was walking with that feeling. Finally I became Seventeen and nothing happened.

In 1988 I stole three bank drafts they were not backed by the bank. So the company who received the bank drafts lost 900 guilders at that time which is 450 US Dollar at that time. I did some burglary with a friend. We did not steel anything it was just exciting to do it and we were looking for money. So I got arrested. As soon I was free. I fled to Belgium to my aunty Maria in Oostakker a suburb of Gent. I found soon a job at the Coca Cola factory in Gent, Belgium. I worked there for two weeks. On a day I read the book… Then I solicited at VOLVO Cars Gent, Belgium. Three days later I was accepted and started to work there. I thanked That I got the job. That was because I had read a book.
 

My aunty had hundreds of books. So I was looking in her big closet and I found a small book. The book of Dr Joseph Murphy. The Miracle of Mind Dynamics. I told my aunty about it. She said when it was so easy everybody should do it. I let myself not discourage. I read it in One day. I was so intrigued. So I said; to myself I am going to test it. So I set a goal. I would go in the summer to my father in The Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands, Europe. The goal was that one black girl would fall in love with me and an older white woman. I had six weeks time to prepare before I went to my father. I prayed and prayed, Visualised. Finally we were leaving on my way to my father. But the train did not go. Because it was a really hot summer. So I thought it does not work. After a few hours it was cooling down and the train started. The train was full. There was one seat left where me and my aunty was sitting. There came a lady from Amsterdam sitting next to me. We started talking. I could feel something. Out of the blue the lady gives her my phone number and saids; look me up one day when you are in the neighborhood. I knew it worked. . The next year I visited her but she had already a boyfriend. The black girl I really met. But I was a little shy so I did not make a move at all so nothing came of it. I was nineteen years old that time.

In the meantime the Dutch Police found out where I was and I got a letter from the Dutch Police. When I come to the Netherlands I will be arrested. I did not care at that moment. Because what I had done was not good but not extremely bad also. That was what I thought at the time.


After six months; I started missing my brothers. I thought a lot of them. So overnight In September 1989 I left my work. I just did not show up and went back to the Netherlands. I went straight to the police and asked that they arrest me that I was willing to undergo my punishment. The policeman said; We can’t arrest you now. Go home and we shall arrest you when the time is there. So I turned around and in the corner of my eye I saw a flyer. With the text written on it “”! I walked up to the flyer I took it I saw it was the last one they had. I went home and read the flyer extensively.


So I made a decision. The company where I wrote the bank drafts that where not backed by the bank a year earlier. I called that company and said; I am going to look for a job and I will pay you every penny back. The man was surprised. He answered out of the blue when you really do that then I write a letter for you to the department of Justice.


So said, so done. I looked for a job and within a week I had a job in a toy shop. I started as warehouse worker and became later salesman in the toy shop. So I paid with my first three paychecks all the money back. In the meantime I had written a letter to Queen Beatrix of The Royal Kingdom of The Netherlands and requested grace. The company where I payed the money back kept his promise and also wrote a letter. I received grace and still two weeks in community service but I did not receive a criminal record.

On my work I needed a holiday in the Summer. Which is almost impossible, because where I live is full of tourists. So It are the busiest months of the year. So my boss asks me; why I do need the holiday? so I tell him the truth. My boss appreciates that I tell to the truth to her. So she grants me the holiday. So I did two weeks community service and with the grace I got from the Queen…I had a clean slate. I never did steal anything anymore or did wrong doings in my life . * Addition; ( to know what good is you have to know what evil is. To know what is warm you have to know what cold is. That is called dichotomy.)

I worked a few years for the company.

On a day I started my own company in video games. With my best friend at the time and my second brother. We were constantly arguing. So it was a Fiasco. There was a lot of debt but no one had money. So I found another job again. With the money that I earned I payed all my debt. In a year my bank account was in black digits again.
In 1993 I went to Tunisia with my girlfriend at that time. We crossed the country and went to the gate of the Sahara. It was truly an amazing experience. The country changed me. I had a good job at that time. I came home and I felt that I needed to help those people. My girlfriend talked like two weeks intensely to me so I should change my mind. What I eventually did. So I took up my job again.


Later on the year in 1997 I felt a change within me. I felt I was becoming sick. I don’t know how to explain exactly. I just felt something on soul level. I felt my life was changing in ways that I could not foresee. It was a very strong feeling… I get unconscious again and again. Sometimes for hours. Sometimes for five minutes. Eventually I end up in the hospital. They thought I was exhausted because I worked twenty hours a day eight hours for my boss. And twelve hours for my designing company. I slept one week straight. My girlfriend wanted to leave me at that time (what she eventually did) also she said because I was always working.


But the problem was not solved. I came home again and everything started over again. So I was taken to another hospital 200 km from my home To see if I had epilepsy or voltage attacks. They found it was the latter there is no cure for it.

Then came 2002 and in 2009 I made a video i m a g i n e “the day your life changed”. 2010 came along and my life was upside down…I wrote a book about it, To make a long story short in 2009 I started making music.


Where are you from?

I am born . In Eeklo. That is a city in Belgium. Europe. Now I live in Holland (The Netherlands)


How long have you been making music?

I make music for 11 years now.

How many songs /albums have you released to date?

Two Albums. “Life As We Know It” under the artist name Marc Victor Maria Denys and “Beyond Tranquillity” under the artist name “Isa Marc Al Mahdi” In total Seventeen tracks.
* Addition It is really difficult to maintain two artist names
 

Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it?

I have two upcoming albums already finished One for 2021 and one for 2022. Six singles are ready to released over the course from 2020 to 2022. One of my latest releases is Liberated (Hope, Believe, Love). My music doesn’t really fit in a genre. I make what I like. When I have to make something what the world likes and I dislike it…That is the same as doing your job what you dislike. In the end you will get depressed and frustrated. I am not in it for making a quick buck. The inspiration is God/Allah. Also I feel free from negativity. I never watch news. People come tell it to me. What I am now going to say not many people will like it. “Truthful words are not always beautiful and beautiful words ar not always true”. I almost never listen Hip Hop/Rap because of the vile language. Do you know what negativity does to you? So I rest my case.

How have you ended up in the music industry?

It was decision away


What do you think of the music industry in 2020?

I am very positive about it. Streaming services give every body a chance but there is a caveat. You have to pitch a song and everything that doesn’t fit in a box doesn’t get a fair chance. That is my experience. As long as we are thinking in boxes we can not really progress.


Who do you think the most influential artist?

Prince


Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?


How do you think you differ from other artists?
I let that decide by other people. I rather keep that for my self.

 

Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?

Prince, Phil Collins, David Bowie, Roxanne Hazes, Beethoven.

What was the first album you bought?

OST of Flahdance

What’s your favourite song at the moment?

No Ordinairy Love - Sade

 

If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?

I would sell them all, I have streaming nowadays. As a matter a fact I sold all my albums.
 

What is your favourite saying?

Truthful words are not always beautiful and beautiful words ar not always true”
 

What other hobbies or interests do you have?

Writing English Prose, I won a prize in 2002 in the USA for it. Creating Digital Art. I love my aunty’s Art. Gaming. I walk a lot in nature. I believe deeply in God/Allah (which means endless names of God) and I have no religion.
 

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

I have a birth mark that is enough for me. In my teenage years I Had three earrings.
 

Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?

Well 23 October 2020 and 11 November 2020 two singles are released. They couldn’t be more different from each other. I have two upcoming albums already finished. One for 2021 and one for 2022. So in total Six singles are ready to released over the course from 2020 to 2022
 

What’s in the pipeline after this project?

That I keep for myself. Great things are achieved in silence.
 

Thank you for your time and may you carry on making great, fresh music.

Thank you. You are more than welcome. Have a wonderful day. Because it is going to be One!!!


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