Hi Marcus, what made you decide that music is a thing for you?
For me, music is the most natural form for me to express feeling through working.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I have been playing the drums since I was 5 years old, and then also played sax, a bit of guitar and piano and even sang in a choir for a brief time, before eventually discovering computers, and synthesisers.
Name me your 3 favorite Albums.
All Melody – Nils Frahm
Immunity – Jon Hopkins
Push The Sky Away – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
I couldn’t really put it down to a single song, If I think back to the music I was listening to growing up it was David Bowie, Radiohead a wide range of Classical music – Mozart, Thiakovsky, Rachmaninov. But maybe most importantly was that I listened to a lot of film music. I always had a huge interest in film, but a large part of that interest was music.
I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?
We need to try harder collectively as a society to really make a true change to this. Everyone should feel comfortable and safe at any event, regardless of gender, race, religion or sexuality.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Two weeks ago, when we were using some backing tracks that were half a second out of the click track that the band was playing to…… but the show did go on…., and then it didn’t.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I don’t actually listen to a lot of music
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I’d say that my music is almost film music for films that do not exist. When writing the tracks I am trying to reach a certain feeling, that I hope resonates with the listener, and in which they can build and apply their own narrative and meaning, and in a way envision their own ‘film’ for the music.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
Forms Redux is a recomposition of my 2021 EP Forms. The original EP took inspiration from the beauty and brutality of beginnings and evolution, and exploring both the progressive and accumulative stages of cosmic creation. I always felt that there was something left unfinished, and there was a real lack of a human element, so that was really the impetus to create the redux. The Redux is also accompanied by three remixes from some awesome emerging artists which I’m really excited about. It’s great to hear someone else’s spin on something that you made.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
The creation of this track differs from how I usually write, as I actually came up with the core idea outside the studio. I’ve always found that when I have had an idea that I have then tried to realise in the studio, it always seems to fall flat, so I usually work on instinct. In this case, I made three voice recordings describing and humming the different parts. I had a real clear vision of how I wanted it to feel and sound, so when I took these ideas into the studio it all just sort of happened.
What was the recording process like?
I took the original rhythm of the main synth part from ‘Forms’ and played that with some drums sticks. I then brought in some subtle synth parts from the original track and then kept referring to the audio recordings I had made on my phone, in which I hummed string and vocal parts, which I added. I built on it from there, adding some more synth parts from a prophet, and then from there the main thing I did was actually subtract from it.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
A lot of my music in the past has relied on sonic density, and I knew for this track that I needed to really strip it back and focus on individual sounds shining on their own.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
In the end, nothing really matters, just be kind.