Residence: Currently residing in the up and coming city of Rochester, N.H.

Guilty associations: The Connection; The New Trocaderos; Solo Artist

Favorite Seacoast spot: Harpoon Willyís

Average amount of sleep: Usually in bed around 10 up at 7:30 so I get my 7 to 8 hours pretty consistently!

Favorite color: Is it too weird to say black? If so, then blue.

Here we go:

EDGE: Music. Why do you seek it? Why do you create it?

Marino: Music is a huge part of my day-to-day life. Creating music is also very important to me. There is nothing more exciting then finishing a new song and feeling like youíve really come up with something good. I always have my trusty acoustic nearby. Sometimes the best songs come when you least expect it Ė while watching the Sox or just strumming away on a lazy afternoon. Today people arenít as passionate about music which is a real shame. I think itís because the quality of mainstream music has been suffering for so long, people just canít relate to it.

EDGE: The Connection! You guys just released your brand spanking new release, "Wish You Success." What excites you about this record? How has it been received? What do you appreciate about this band?

Marino: I am very excited about the new record. We worked hard on it. Itís the most weíve rehearsed for an album ever. On a personal level, I think my batch of songs is some of the best Iíve ever written and Iím very happy with the reception so far. People seem to dig it; some are calling it our best yet! I appreciate that Geoff Palmer and myself have kept this band going as long as we have (since 2011). Weíve had lots of moving parts as far as filling out a lineup, but it never takes away from what we want to do. Whether itís a tour or recording, we always find a way to get things done and keep the band moving forward.

EDGE: Outside of the Connection, you're also involved in a few other projectsl. You just put out a solo record too, right? Is the act of jumping around from band to band, project to project, imperative to having a successful long tenured go of things in the music world?

Marino: Yes, I have my first solo record ďFour Track AttackĒ coming out June 28th. I played all the instruments and sang all the vocals. A label in Sweden, Beluga Records, is pressing it on vinyl. Very excited about that. I wrote two of the songs and my buddy Michael Chaney from LA wrote two for the project as well. Throughout the Connectionís run, Geoff and I have had different projects going on. We did The New Trocaderos together with Kurt Baker, Iíve played drums for various bands or projects, Geoff still has The Guts kicking around. Playing live is fun, but recordings last forever, so anytime you can record music and have someone put it out I say Ė ĎWhy not!?í

EDGE: What's the importance of Rock and Roll? You seem to be a student as well as a practitioner.

Marino: Rock and Roll to me is just the greatest of all art forms. Itís just pure excitement. Iíve been a student for a while, but Iím always looking for extra credit. I can say that without discovering The Ramones when I was 13, who knows what my life would be like ... It set me on a complete different path. Rock and Roll changed my life and made me who I am today. Itís a very powerful tool and being able to craft my own take on Rock and Roll is something I donít take for granted.

EDGE: What's your greatest fear? How do you combat said fear?

Marino: Spiders! I combat it by trying to stay away from the great outdoors. Iím a big fan of the great indoors and my well-manicured lawn!