Marco Birlan is designing cover art and merch for your favorite underground rappers.
I found Marco Birlan a couple days ago when I was looking for graphic designers on IG. Scrolling on his page, I saw that not only is his work in the same vein as a lot of the artwork that in vogue right now but he also has his own style and has worked for a handful of big name rappers on the underground and soundcloud scene.
I reached out to do an interview and below you can check out examples of his work / placements and find out more about this artist.
Any major credits I should list? (please give examples of the work u did for the people you r listing)
- I designed;
- Soulja Boy “Gucci Durag” song cover
- Jose Guapo “B on the Head” song cover
- Jose Guapo “Lingo 2” album cover
- J Balli, Fatboy SSE & Lar$$en “Turn Up” song cover
- 24hrs & Jose Guapo “Loose Change” song cover
- Rich The Kid & YBN Almighty Jay “Beware” song cover
Any interesting stories on how you secured your placements?Actually is one. I got to work with Rich Forever Music, after one of Rich the Kid beat-makers (Narqui$e) accidentally found my Instagram profile and recommended me.
How old are you? I am 23 years old.
Where are you from? I am from Romania, Europe.
How long have you been designing album / mixtape / song covers? Graphic design was an old passion, but I started this work seriously only in April, last year.
What are your rates? My prices are between 40$ and 70$. I have a detailed list on my Instagram profile.
Do you receive any royalties when your designs get put on merch? It depends. There were times when I was paid strictly for design offered and cases when I received a percentage of product sales.
How did you get into the game? First I worked only in Romania. But after only one month, I came in contact with few underground rappers from USA.
Who are your biggest influences? I follow so much designers all around the world. KD Designz or Moabvillain are a big influence for me.
Want to give any shoutouts? Actually, yes. For many it may seem surprising, but my logo is not created by me personally. It was a gift from a friend who is also a graphic designer, Ionut Cuc.
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? Even if I create art, I just got an Electrical Engineering degree.
Who are the favorite artists you have worked with? Jose Guapo helped me alot and iss one of my favorite artists. Also, I am very happy to work with names like Soulja Boy or Rich the Kid.
Do you use a particular software? I do my all work with Adobe Package (Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign).
How many designs have you sold in your career? Haha, that`s a tough question. Honestly I don`t know a number but there were over 60-70.
How much did you make last year? Not enough to be my only income.
What are your plans for 2018? I want to evolve day by day, remove all my fears and get it straight to the top!
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