MARKX

INTERVIEW: MARKX

Rising contemporary singer/songwriter MARKX speaks to talkaboutpopmusic.com!

by Christopher Smith

With two extended plays (“Air” and “Water“) already behind him, singer, songwriter and friend of talkaboutpopmusic.com MARKX takes some time out to talk to us about life, music and his aspirations for the future.

TAPM: Firstly many congratulations on both your EP’s! amazing songs on each one. Do you have a particular favourite or one that has special meaning to you?

M: Thank you! They are all my favourite and all based on real life experience – “Helium Balloon” from the “Air” EP is the most precious to me, it captured a very poignant and pivotal time in my life and was like therapy to write it!

TAPM: You ‘learned your craft’ under Carleen Anderson, formerly of The Young Disciples, that must of been a magical experience for you…

M: Carleen is in an incredible mentor, kind patient and humble! I remember very clearly her in our classes, encouraging me to open up and be vulnerable vocally: recognising that my voice was different and encouraging me to explore that.

TAPM: Are there any artists or groups you would like to record/work with?

M: I would love to work with Years & Years, Rebecca Ferguson and Jack Savoretti. They all have something so different and unique in their sound and voices!

 

TAPM: So we’ve had “Water” and “Air“, is “Land” next?(!) Are there any plans for a full album anytime in the near future?

M: Ha ha – we’re heading to “Earth” for the next one 18th March. It’s a lot more stripped back and organic compared to the first two EP’s. An album is very tempting – it’s just that with the advent of streaming, consumer habits have changed. EPs seem to be more digestible – that said there are 2 more EP’s on the way between now and July! And I’ll be working on new songs over the coming months for future release.

MARKX Earth

TAPM: Do you have any plans to play live or indeed, do you have any gigs coming up this year at all?

M: I played my first official MARKX show in Brighton earlier this month and I’ll be adding some bigger shows over the coming months – hopefully heading to London, Birmingham and Newcastle soon! Will keep you posted!

And we look forward to that immensely! Be sure to follow MARKX with us with all his future releases and live events as he ascends further towards fame and that bright, twinkling star in the sky.

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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!