Cris Cohen: How does editing figure into your creative process? You're getting all this stuff that is being sent from on high, from the Muse, and maybe there's something that needs to be tweaked or should you not mess with it at that point?
Marc Bonilla: No. It's kind of like mining raw ore. You want to get it into a faceted diamond at some point, right? So, there are going to be places that you're going to carve off once you have all of the ore that you need. It's like Michelangelo looking at a piece of granite and going, “Well, there's the statue. It's in there somewhere. So, if I just chip off everything that doesn't look like The Pieta, I'll be safe.”
That's kind of what you do once you start flowing with your ideas. Because they will come. And you have to have the red button on record the whole time. Because they will leave as soon as they come. And just as quick. That's why you always have to have a digital recorder or something around so that you can record everything right away.
The first time through is going to be the purest because it's unfiltered. You have to watch out for your mind, because your mind is the one that gets you into trouble. You start rethinking and start going, “Is this a hit? Who's going to like this?” Forget that. It really has to come from the heart to the hands. When you get it out there, then you can sit back, listen to it, and go, “Okay, what does this need?” And then you can piece things together.