MARQelectronica doesnt seem perturbed infiltrating an industry which is driven by favoritism and close relations. forging his path with his music is what MARQelectronica is aimed at.
Having evolve from a heavier, darker, electro sound and moved into the dance vibe more he intends to achieve more with his music. Though MARQelectronica admits it is not easy been a musician and working on this side, he said :
it can be difficult sometimes working full time, caring for mum, trying to get the money together for my music, creating music, and pushing for gigs and ways to build awareness of my music.
He continued to say:
This current album “savage times” is all about the state of our country right now and working through some personal issues which fuelled my lyrics and songwriting.
Get the full interview below:
What is your stage name
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Yes, I wanted to represent the music I am creating. There is a small scene for electro music in Newcastle but it’s mainly guitar-driven bands and metal acts that get massive representation in the area so I wanted to strike out and be unapologetically electro and dance.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Music was everywhere played in the car or on the radio or old record player my parents had they taught me a respect for melody and lyrics and diverse taste. I could be hearing Mozart one minute then Cole Porter the next followed by a blast of ABBA. My mum used to sing in choirs and my uncle performed with big bands. I’ve been writing and performing for years now in one form or another too.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
HAHA Yes, my mum and uncle as I said above but also my great great, great, grandfather sang on one of the first radio broadcasts.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
My parents initially encouraged and supported me and then after performing in clubs as a cover artist I ended up talking to a friend about doing my own music and because of her I got the courage to strike out and create my own music as part of a short-lived electro-rock band then lockdown hit and I was approached by other artists I knew and encouraged to embark on solo music.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
A lot of my skill has come from working with other artists and helping them and learning on the job so to speak. I also had vocal lessons when I was signed a few years ago. I also perform covers on a weekly basis throughout local clubs and pubs which has helped keep my voice in shape and build my stagecraft.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and
who did you see perform?
The first concert was ages ago either a dance music band called “Sub Sub” or the grunge band Skunk Anansie, both in a fantastic club in my hometown.
How could you describe your music?
Disco house meets deep house with an electro-pop vibe.
Describe your creative process.
I often sit at my home studio and create or download loops and then from there usually create a song or I get inspiration from the world around me. This current album is all about the state of our country right now and working through some personal issues which fuelled my lyrics and songwriting. So a few of the tracks had the lyrics first.
What is your main inspiration?
I would say the main inspiration for me in terms of themes or subject matter is the world around me musically it is artists like Freemasons or Camelphat, Goldfrapp, and Missy Elliott diverse but all intrinsically electro and funky. I really like to vocals and skills of MNEK and the sound Mabel has created too.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I would say recently I admire Ray, she has struck out and gone for what is right for her it could have backfired hugely but her talent shone through. Jennifer Hudson vocally knocks me out she has power souls and real talent she sounds the same live as she does on recordings.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your
Definitely, I started with a heavier, darker, electro sound and moved into the dance vibe more and more.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t have competitors I have other artists, we work together or apart there should be room for all of us. The only issue is favoritism from some promoters and radio stations
What are your interests outside of music?
I like to run and I love cooking and catching up with friends and seeing new places, I’m also a big comic book geek but most of that is all on the back burner as I am currently helping out with my mother’s care and working full time and part-time just to keep going.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Writing or acting. I love the arts so it would be something artistic.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in
the journey of music?
I think there is snobbery sometimes, if you aren’t seen playing an instrument on stage and rely on backing tracks they don’t instantly see the time and effort that has gone into the track in the studio and can be dismissive. Also, I have found a few people only promote a few electro bands that they like and the rest don’t get a look in, some run a close-knit group of their own circle and it’s difficult to infiltrate. So I forge my own path but it can be difficult sometimes working full time, caring for mum, trying to get the money together for my music, creating music, and pushing for gigs and ways to build awareness of my music. I’ll still keep making music and keep plugging away though.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
The way big business can stifle the creative process by often playing it safe or choosing looks over talent sometimes,
What are your plans for the coming months?
I’m promoting the album and hopefully getting the cash together to record 8 more tracks and release them and hopefully get some representation that can help me move up and build my brand.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
Yes, I’m already working as part of “The Last of the Fallen Angels” and I have a couple of other irons in the fire too,
What message would you like to give to your fans?
A massive thank you and to listen to the messages of hope and strength in my music and live it.