The idea for Marshall began to percolate a couple years ago, as he was finding success with his joyous pop-band Walk Off the Earth, the YouTube overachievers–turned–Juno winners. Still, he’d always envisioned himself falling somewhere between the musically transcendent Bob Dylan and Bon Iver. After relocating from Toronto to Los Angeles, he co-penned songs for everyone from mega-producer/ DJ Tiësto, Grammy nominated producer ill Factor to Finnish noise-makers The Rasmus. Deciding to make music for himself, he taught himself to produce, bringing to life Layers from his basement.
“I don’t think I’ll write another album like this,” Marshall says. “I have this idea that the next Marshall album might be acoustic or harder or softer. Completely different. The next album needs to be another layer of me.”