The musician from Springfield, Missouri is getting ready for his EP release show, two days before the EP is supposed to drop.
"I'm really excited to finally be able to play a show as Purple Hearts and getting through the first song will finally give me the satisfaction I've been waiting for," Mario says.
The song he was most excited to perform that night was his single Over It, which isn't on the EP.
"The original plan was to write everything about Halloween, and then release it on Halloween. The songs changed up a bit but the release date still stayed the same. I really wanted to put out a Halloween EP because I feel like there aren't many people out there doing that right now," he reveals about what inspired the theme of the EP in the first place.
After the first couple singles he released, there's a difference between those and his newer songs.
"When I was writing the EP, I wanted to do something a little different than what I have been, just so I could test some things out. Some of the songs started coming out pretty dark haha I felt like the songs were still fun though. So I had to come up with something that I really felt presented the music correctly, and "The Dark Carnival" was the best I had lol it's like, you think of carnivals as fun, super lit up and happy, but this Carnival is a bit darker, and more emo," Mario explains about the writing process, "The original idea for the EP was to be completely Halloween related and the EP was going to be called "This Is Halloween." I had a Friday the 13th song completely finished actually, but I didn't end up using it for the EP. I'll keep it around for next year. But I also didn't want to constrict myself to only being able to play these songs on Halloween, or for people to only listen to them on Halloween. So I switched it up a little bit, changed it into "The Dark Carnival," and kept "This is Halloween" around for the single."
The songs on the EP are definitely a lot more darker, and that seems like the whole point, and if that's true, then Purple Hearts did a great job getting that across.