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FRESH: ‘Fire’ EP – MARKX

MARKX releases the “Fire” EP!

by Christopher Smith

Aiming for iTunes chart success for the final time, MARKX releases the final EP from the element themed song collection today. The “Fire” EP is available to save and pre order from all major digital distributers – pre order your copy now here and help “Fire” chart on iTunes chart! Of The EP, MARKX says: “The songs are the most vulnerable and honest I’ve ever written. It’s like facing all your demons head on. Pulling all of the painful things out of the box and looking at them all at once”. “Fire has been a long time coming, mainly because one of the tracks, “Burn”, had been placed on hold for a major artist for two years or so!”.

The release will feature three brand new songs with contributions from fellow singer songwriters Beth Keeping and Carolyn Oakley (Jaayns) along with “Burn”, the first song to be written and released as a solo write for MARKX. About “Burn” MARKX adds: “Burn’ was born out of a time where I wasn’t sure whether I was going to pursue being an artist. I wanted just to write alone, more as therapy rather than with an output in mind. I believe it’s one of the most honest songs I’ve ever written and the one I’m most proud of. As a song it was one of the first I’d had some real interest from – I was loathed to let go of it originally but I came up with the idea of delaying it until the final EP and possibly covering my own track!”.

The songs on the collection all fall comfortably into the folk pop/ singer songwriter genre and have received praise from head of BBC Radio 2/ 6 Music’s Jeff Smith and BBC Sussex’s Sarah Gorrell: “To receive such enthusiasm this early on in a project is incredible. My gut feeling has always been a folk pop sound and to have that validated my such a senior figure in the business is immense. I was waiting on tenterhooks once the “Earth” EP tracks were submitted for the BBC Radio 2 playlisting meeting. I have my next shot with the “Fire” EP – knowing in my heart these are some of my best work to date”.

The EP is again produced, mixed and mastered by Michael Clarke (Sad Professors/ Martine McCutcheon band) with a vocal arrangement credit for Hati. With the collection of element themed EPs reaching their conclusion over the Summer, MARKX will turn his attention to collecting all the songs which will feature on an album in the Autumn. MARKX adds: “It’s another opportunity to promote the key songs in the collection whilst the next project is recorded. I’m still in complete shock I’ve managed 9 songs and 9 videos as I set myself an audacious goal to get some momentum going. I’ll have time to revisit some of the songs over the summer as they are brought together with the album”.

In terms of plans for the future MARKX adds: “The “Elements” album will be followed by a collection of brand new material. I’m mixing it up and using a crowdfunding style campaign for this next one. It will be organic instruments and a folk pop sound. I had the luxury of assembling a brand new team of writers for this one. I’d planned to spend the the Summer writing for the next project. As it happened the songs ended up being written by spring so I’m raring to go in and record!”

“Fire” EP is available to save and order from Apple, Google and Amazon – pre order your copy now here and help “Fire” chart on iTunes chart!

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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!