What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Music has been a part of my life since childhood and performing too from choirs to bands so this has been a natural progression
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
Hello, I am MARQelectronica and I’ve been performing for over 15 years in pubs, clubs, and festivals working with bands and as a solo performer. I write produce and perform my own dance and electro-pop music throughout northern England and on streaming sites.
Name me your 3 favorite Albums.
Fleshtone by Khelis and mixed by David Guetta is one of my all-time favourites with banging dance track after banging dance track.
Then it’s Rite to Silence by The Sandal’s deep electronic and sample laden music that is just funky and freaky.
Last but not least is Felt Mountain by Goldfrapp ,beautiful music that transports you or Zhane pronounced jhah-nay a seductive slice of rnb harmonies and simple synth, samples, and piano.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
I think Massive Attack’s Unfinished Sympathy is just an inspiring and emotional epic track
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
To be honest, it is difficult and I can see how artists can get bitter and feel unappreciated but I feel I could do so much more if I got the right chance, the right opportunity. So until then, I’m gigging creating and looking out for the chance to have my music heard by a wider audience and make this into a full-time career. I’ve seen ageism and favoritism and cliques but I’ve also seen some really supportive and open people in this industry.
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?
I think a lot of it comes down to respect, respect for women and all audience members, and being vigilant because no matter how many great people exist there is always one bad apple.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
I use sites like Musosoup and network at events when I can and look out for groups on media to join. I’m not very good at the hashtag and media stuff but there are sites that can make your posts more dynamic and sites where you can schedule your posts to save you time.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I’m scared of heights, I love Italian food and my star sign is Virgo, guess for yourselves as to what is true or a lie.
What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?
Sadly a necessary evil in some ways but a godsend in others. The distribution of funds to artists is shameful but the fact you can upload and generate your own streams without a record label means there is so much more music out there and more people are following their dreams
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
I do think there are ghosts and aliens and maybe area 51 is a big cover up but I’m more concerned with the state of the UK political landscape and all the corruption and cronyism and lies hence many of my song subjects.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
No, cash was scarce due to reduced income sadly.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I remember singing at a gig and just before we went on the previous band’s singer collapsed and we had to ring an ambulance then we had a power cut halfway through our performance.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about.
I don’t think there’s anything surprising about me, what you get is what you see.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I think it’s my wide vocal range and power as well as the fact I engage the audience in banter and unlike some I turn up on time ha, ha.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
I’ve got a mix of orchestral house, then tracks with trap beats and a more electronic sound but all music you can dance to.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
I sit and check samples and beats or approach it with the lyrics first it depends on where I get my inspiration
What was the recording process like?
The recording is so easy as I produce my own music and take the stems /wavs to get them mixed and mastered and lay down vocals and backing. I’ve managed to get 6 tracks sorted in 3 hours sometimes!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
I think it was learning about myself a bit more through the songwriting process.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Always, ha,ha,ha. Add more so some of the tracks build up, backing vocals, change the lyrics. However, I am proud of each track
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Yes, a very big thank you for the interview .