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FRESH: ‘Air’ EP – MARKX

MARKX is back with his next EP “Air”!

by Christopher Smith

Singer and songwriter MARKX, who we featured late last year, follow’s up his debut EP “Water” with “Air” and it’s available to download and stream from today!

About the EP MARKX tell us “This collection is my most personal yet – they really are the soundtrack to a very exciting yet challenging part of my life. I feel like these three tracks are some of the most honest and heartfelt songs I’ve ever written and they all come from a very genuine place”.

The EP features collaborations with 5 other songwriters including “Helium Balloon” co-written with the collections producer Michael Clarke.

Tracklisting is as follows:
1. Sleeping With A Ghost (MARKX, Murdoch)
2. Complete (MARKX, Johnson & Dorey)
3. Helium Balloon (MARKX, Clarke & Kelly)

Reflecting on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter #14 and Scottish Global Music Chart #3 placings for “Holding On To Water” MARKX adds: “I do feel the pressure to better the last EP, however that said, this EP is unique in its own way and it being here is success enough. These songs, despite the EP’s theme, capture a very nostalgic point in my life where the only thing constant in the air is change”.

The EP includes a cover of Matt Johnson’s “Complete”, effectively a cover of one of MARKX’s own songs! He explains: “Complete has a very special place in my heart as it was the first song I had placed with an established artist. It would always find a way into my live shows and it only felt right to do my own take on the song”.

About the artwork MARKX reveals “The artwork and site animations have again been lovingly created by Morgan Twiston Davies. I’ve been working with Morgan for over a year now and he’s wonderfully captured the essence of my vision for the songs and eco brand going forward”.

Keep up-to-date with MARKX through his WEBSITE and his FACEBOOK page

Don’t forget to follow all the songs featured on our FRESH music feature on the playlist. Enjoy!

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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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