FRESH: ‘Water’ – MARKX

Singer and songwriter MARKX has released his debut EP “Water” and talks to us about it.

by Christopher Smith


MARKX is a contemporary singer/songwriter and creative entrepreneur. Against all advice, in 2012, he walked out of a successful corporate career to pursue his dream in the music industry. Since then he has written for artists with the writers behind Beyoncè, Backstreet Boys, JLO, Leann Rimes and many more is now embarking on his own artist journey with the release of 4 self-penned EP’s.

As he tells us “captivating storytelling woven around beautifully crafted melodies. Songs to about love, life, laughter and loss. With a racing heart, I inhaled a deep breath, held it for a few moments before slamming down the laptop lid for the final time: somehow I knew I would never return”.

“In November 2013 I had finally reached breaking point: waking up to the cold, stark realisation that I had been living someone else’s life for god knows how long. I never wanted a ‘day job’ – I would always open my mouth at the wrong time and say the wrong thing. And just like that I turned my back on a high flying, handsomely paid job FOREVER. The next thing I found myself running a successful business, writing songs with the songwriters behind major artists such as Beyoncè, travelling the world, adorned with my trusty backpack: doing the one thing I love more than anything – being creative”.

“Music had been part of my life from day one, listening to my father’s CD collection spanning over 3,000 albums. Where most children would be out playing in parks, I was more than content just to sit at the CD player singing along to The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and The Beatles”.

“After being encouraged to pursue music and songwriting by one of my teachers at Sixth Form College, I was offered a place at The Brighton Institute Of Modern Music. It was there I honed my craft in vocals and songwriting under the watchful eye of the incredible Carleen Anderson”.

“Despite holding down a successful corporate career for many years, I pushed on with my dream, performing in function bands, running an independent label – even teaching on the side. In 2011 I wrote and released my debut album “Along These Lines”. After much soul searching, several backpacking adventures later, with the voice of Tony Robbins echoing in my ear – I turned my back on the corporate life for good. And I’ve never looked back”. And we hope it stays that way!

For more about MARKX check out his WEBSITE and his FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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