D. Marin Perez
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D. Marin Perez

Houston, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Houston, Texas, United States
Established on Jan, 2017
Solo Americana Singer/Songwriter

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"D. Marin Perez Drops a Snarky Love Letter to His City, "Los Angeles""

From Fort Lauderdale to LA, the folk-rock/blues artist and singer-songwriter D. Marin Perez questions his city's inequalities with a recent single entitled, "Los Angeles."


Finding a residence in songwriting, D. Marin Perez invites anyone into unexpected and relatable concepts through his tongue-in-cheek narratives that are nothing but sincere. The Cuban-American artist also serves as a community organizer and minister in Los Angeles. He finds himself compelled to write the snarky love letter and ode to the city's he's gotten to know.


Releasing his single, "Los Angeles," D. Marin Perez mentioned that the piece delivers commentary towards the ongoing inequalities between the homeless and the relatively well-off. Offering more of a folky rhythm and blues delivery through his story-like approach and upbeat instrumentals, D. Marin Perez has us tapping our feet with each clever lyric and groovy beat.


"Los Angeles" begins with D. Marin Perez's brilliant vocal portrayal, singing what seems to be a cheerful ode to his city, but listening to his lyricism brings more of a conceptual and highly realistic message. While accompanied by a soothing acoustic guitar, warm electric guitars, and mid-tempo percussion patterns, D. Marin Perez starts singing about the troubles our city faces.


Describing the city's homelessness problem and wishing to snap his fingers and help make ends meet while also touching on the city's pollution and various other issues, D. Marin Perez brings forward a highly realistic message to get his audience thinking. With the addition of bright brass instrumentals to end the song off with glee, we adore the humorous and blunt statements contrasted by the sweet sonics.


Catch D. Marin Perez's snarky single "Los Angeles" on all digital streaming platforms, and allow the piece to remind you of needed change.

We truly appreciate the realistic and sound message you've delivered with your single "Los Angeles." What inspired the song's lyrical content surrounding our city's struggles?



I was inspired to write a song about beloved LA after hearing “Talkin’ New York” from Bob Dylan’s first LP (1962) – it’s a quirky country song about arriving as a 20 year old kid in the Big Apple, and the hardship some folks go through. I thought, “Hmm, I have a lot to say about Los Angeles.” So I started mining my nearly 4-year experience as a clergy person and community organizer in Downtown LA serving an inner city church, and seeing firsthand the complex and devastating issues people deal with, particularly in Skid Row. Contrasting the realities of poverty, homelessness, and drug addiction with the apathy, wealth, and disconnection I observed among fellow Angelenos made me want to write a song like this. I’ll admit, not everyone’s gonna receive it with open arms. It’s kind of an indictment as much as it is a love letter. I like to say it’s a snarky love letter asking the lover to get their sh*t together.



Could you take us through your songwriting process for "Los Angeles" when writing about various issues and having them flow cohesively throughout the song?



It just happened pretty naturally and fairly quickly. I’d been dealing with these things in one way or another for the better part of 4 years, so I vented both my frustrations and my hopes. I hit on the systemic issues of housing and homelessness, wage stagnation, income inequality, loneliness (believe it or not, loneliness is a massive epidemic in LA, and big cities in general), and a generally apathetic mood I see among the more stable classes (I include myself there, too). That 13-mile distance between the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and the Midnight Mission in Skid Row might as well be 1,000 miles apart. For as much as I seem to criticize the utopic aims of LA culture and politics, I do believe we can shine our brighter light and turn this thing around. How? Lord knows.



Why did you want your instrumentals within "Los Angeles" to offer more of a bright and uplifting feel, contrasting your lyricism?



I think part of it is a stylistic choice – I’m a folk and Americana songwriter and I love the way those forms have always lent themselves to storytelling and consciousness-raising. But I think it was important to feel some of that classic “LA glitz” – the contrast between the weightiness of the lyrics and the lightness of the music captures that essential contradiction of LA culture, in my view.



Seeing as "Los Angeles" is the first single off of your upcoming album, "Change Is," how does the single prepare us for the forthcoming forward-thinking album?



My upcoming album “Change Is” isn’t really a political album; it’s not all about social change. The change I’m talking about has to do with those crisis points in life where the baskets in which all your eggs rest falls off its perch and everything shatters – so what do you do then? It’s about how, to some degree or another, life is about starting over again (and again). How could it not be? Aren’t we always changing? Isn’t the world always acting upon us, molding us and shaping us (for better or worse)?



I’d describe “Change Is” as having a clear Side A and Side B – the first four songs are somewhat raucous with full-band arrangements – electric guitars, rock organ, drums, etc. “Los Angeles” concludes Side A, as the fourth song. Side B is much more introspective and acoustic, it has a lot to do with serious heartbreak.



What can we expect to see next from you?


The next single I’m releasing from “Change Is” is called “When the Earth Quakes.” It tells the story of what happens when an ascendant, prophetic outsider challenges and speaks an indicting truth to the establishment, the power brokers, the powers that be. You know what happens? They get framed and crucified, or they get shot in Memphis, or convicted by a sham jury. “When the Earth Quakes” tells that story, in a loud, dark Americana kind of way. You can expect to see that release by February 17th! - BuzzMusic LA


"D. Marin Perez gets reflective on his all new single, "Los Angeles""

Freshly released on January 22nd, 2021, D. Marin Perez has made his long awaited return to music with an all new single, “Los Angeles”. Please read along with us as we share our detailed thoughts on the track, in addition to a background on the artist as well.

Following up his 2017 EP, Decade + Days, D. Marin Perez has paid homage to the city that he’s worked in as a community organizer and minister for the last 4 years, Los Angeles. Before we get into the song though, we’d love to familiarize ourselves with the artist. Born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, influenced by a “steady diet of The Beatles and Mormon hymns”, the artist has had the artist’s touch from a young age. He found an escape within songwriting in his young adulthood and thus began the path of creating music.

In his current days though, he mainly pulls musical inspiration from those in the rock and R&B space, such as Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, John Mayer, and plenty of more legendary artists. Adding a signature sound of his own on what he’s released so far, he’s certainly making a name for himself, in terms of boosting creativity as a solo musician.As Los Angeles natives ourselves, it’s always a trip to listen closely to the lyricism presented about a city that you hold near and dear to your art. The artist filled us in and let us know that “Los Angeles” is a “snarky love letter to the city I've served as a community organizer and minister for 4 years. It's commentary on the dramatic and thoroughgoing inequality that exists between Skid Row and Beverly Hills, and it's a plea for LA to take a look inside and listen to our better angels”

As much as this song is instrumentally interesting, we’d like to think that the sole focus was to be focused directly on the lyrics and the real story that’s being told. Translating his feelings into an indie folk tune is what he’s succeeded at best here, but really the gold has struck within the context. We can only assume that there were ups and downs during his stint in the city, but it must feel great to pen to paper about the experience.

We absolutely are recommending the song though, and we think that you should definitely check it out too. Realistically though, it’s got us incredibly excited for his album that’s coming out, titled Change Is. While we don’t have an exact release date just yet, we’ll for sure be keeping a close eye. “Los Angeles” has convinced us that D. Marin Perez is the real deal, and we’re here to stay.

Even more impressive is that the artist wrote it, sung, and plays all the instruments as well (guitar and keys). What are you waiting for? Get listening! - We Write About Music


"D. Marin Perez Releases A Love letter To Los Angeles"

D. Marin Perez released a lovable Americana toned folk pop single dubbed "Los Angeles" and it's a love song to the place...sort of. It may be a song about how the Los Angeles is stuffed with things that aren't oh so great after all.

The song thrives and shows a ton of color and vibrant pop elements like horns, and backing vocals that sound classic all on top of a 1950's doo-wop drum beat.

This is a sort of classic rock song and it goes through the feeling of not really digging Los Angeles, to warming up to it.

I think that's how it is for a lot of people. A bit scary at first but soon enough it becomes your home. It's a great point of view that paints a picture so many of us have actually been through.

The single is certainly a lot of fun and it's youthful energy is addictive to say the least.

Perez has done a hell of a job getting us hooked on the sound quickly and using a building arrangement and hooky chorus to do the job right.

Upon digging around Spotify a bit more, we found the last release before "Los Angeles" was a record form 2017 called Decade + Days and it's much more singer songwriter stripped down style but still very heartfelt and moving.

All these songs are well worth a listen and "Los Angeles" is a great place to start. - Recording Artists Guild


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D. Marin Perez grew up in a Cuban-American family on a steady diet of Beatles and Mormon hymns in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Florida -- playing in groups, writing, and recording music. As teenage musical brooding gave way to the complexities of young adulthood, songwriting became a place of real residence: to hide, to be found, and to integrate an ever-complexifying sense of family, belonging, religion, justice, relationship, and loss. A decade and a half later (and six moves around the country), these themes continue to weather and mature in his songwriting, as a former Protestant minister and married person in Los Angeles, and community organizer. 

D. Marin Perez invites you into unexpectedly relatable ruminations with a lyrical and often narrative style that is at once tongue-in-cheek and obstinately sincere. He draws from rock, rhythm and blues, folk, and Americana; prominent acts that influence his style and sound are Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, The Band, Dawes, Ariel Posen, John Mayer, David Ramirez, Ryan Adams, Noah Gundersen, and the late Justin Townes Earle, to name a few.

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