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MARK HOWARD

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW MARK HOWARD WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya Mark, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

My grade 6 teacher Mr. Thomas would play Beatles and CCR songs on a Friday afternoon to the class. I then first realised the power of music.

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

I am singer/songwriter Mark Howard. I have played in rock, hip hop and country bands over the years but my foray into a solo career only began 2 years ago.

What was life like for you before music?

My life before music was like dial-up internet…. waiting for a connection.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

a culmination of many songs, good and bad built up to the path. Listening to Dad’s Led Zep Stones records had an impact. My Uncle had a well worn Beatles, White Album I revered. My big brother turned me onto Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit… it sounded so chaotic and it gave me great comfort.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

In Cape Woolamai

Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

It takes a long time to build a music career. Don’t wait for anyone to do it for you.. take charge and do it yourself.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?

I once served the Immortal Hawk in the Royal Navy

I lived on a Greek Island 

I performed for the King of Thailand

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

More time. There’s not enough hours in the day,

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

If someone takes something you’re saying the wrong way, invite a conversation through an appropriate platform; face to face or over the phone at the very least. Tone and nuance are lost in comments or text.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

I’m open to all ideas…

What was the worst experience on stage?

My guitar once cut out completely at the start of a song. I continued to perform the song acapella. I thought it would be a disaster but it turned out to be quite a special performance.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I have a twin brother

What makes you stand out as an artist?

There are some unbelievably talented and amazing artists out there in the world. I don’t believe for a second I can hold a candle to a lot of them. However,  I do know I have my voice and my experience  and if I can give hope and inspiration to just one soul, my work is done. 

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

‘Scarlette’ comes out on Feb 16th on all platforms. It’s a pop rock ballad about a lost love. She once told me she wanted to take her own life. A few years later she did. The song explores the regret, pain and sorrow I felt after her loss.

What was the recording process like?

Producer Dave Prideaux and I spent a whole day workshopping different ideas for the chorus and we originally had some Rhodes keyboards on the track making it sound pretty bluesy. We returned the next day and Dave had created the delayed piano sound we both really loved. We built the song from that sound and the process was pretty smooth from there. Our dear friend and fellow Phillip Island native singer songwriter, Maddy May came by to visit the studio that afternoon, we asked her to lay down some backing vocals. Her voice really helped to elevate the track.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Find the truth in the song. The more you connect with the song the easier it is for an audience to be let in.

Would you change anything now its finished?

Maybe but it’s pointless thinking about that. The song is the best it can be for the time we spent with it. I’m really proud of it and hope there’s audience out there who will connect with it.

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