A Conversation with Mark about his EP ‘Portrait’
We are sharing our recent interview with Mark. He recently released Ep titled ‘Portrait’. Our conversation with him was about his EP and also his life and other upcoming projects.
Twist Online : First of all please introduce yourself to our readers?
Mark : Hi! I am MARK, a singer/songwriter from Berklee College of Music. My main influence is Pop/R&B – it’s what I’ve grown up with and what I listen to most everyday.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into this profession?
Mark : I’ve always wanted to be a singer, it was like a calling to me. As I grew older, I looked up to all these artists on TV and I’ve realise that the public likes to learn from them; they are our role models. So as I was learning how to sing, write and produce songs, I wanted other people to look up to me the way I do with my role models, when they are listening to my song. I want to share my journey with them, and hopefully from it they can learn something from me to confront their challenges in life.
Twist Online : How was your experience in Voice (Hong Kong) 2011. You must be so excited when selected in top 12?
Mark : Yes I was very happy that I had that experience, because it was the first time I stepped into the industry. I’ve learned to work with the crew and definitely learning more about what to do and what not to do in this industry. Apart from that, I’ve also learned to have fun in such a stressful environment.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent EP ‘Portrait’.
Mark : This EP is an effort that collected my personal stories within the year. I wanted to share my deepest thoughts with my listeners because that’s how I can correspond with them. As an executive producer, I’ve made sure that every aspect of the EP represents who I am. I’ve collaborated with some of the best musicians for this EP and they’ve helped me paint an amazing “Portrait”.
Twist Online : What was the inspiration behind your lyrics, all of these are impressive?
Mark : Well there are definitely exes involved, there are topics like failed relationship, having a crush on somebody with whom I shouldn’t have, and breaking up. But there are also other topics that don’t involve love. Like the lead single “#LA”, it’s about myself being a graduate soon and how I’m scared and excited at the same time. So there are different stories that inspired me to write those songs.
Twist Online : It must be a nice experience working with Renowned producers?
Mark : It was such a fantastic experience working with everyone who was involved. Their involvement was very important to me because I wanted a top notch quality EP, each and everyone of them are very talented musicians and writers that specialise in different fields of the industry, so I was so blessed to have them work on my EP.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from this release?
Mark : Honestly, I am generally surprised by all the love people are giving me. I got featured by lots of music blogs and they’ve really helped to build exposure! With it, I really feel like I can make a change in the world, either to ease people’s minds about post-graduate life or to help them get through a break up. I feel fulfilled being able to touch someone’s life.
Twist Online : What are your future goals as music artist?
Mark : I am currently preparing to graduate and move to LA and with that, I hope to experience life to the fullest. I have a theory that if I only focus on creating music, eventually I won’t be able to continue because music is a reflection of life, so right now I just hope that in the future, I can have more heartbreaks, challenges, sadness and happiness. Anything that can let me enhance the quality of my life, then good music will come along.
Twist Online : Are you active on social media? what’s the best way to follow you?
Mark : Yes indeed! You can follow my page on Facebook for any updates, and you can listen to my EP for free on Soundcloud. I also have an Instagram account and a website, and all sites are connected so you won’t have to go all over the place to get the latest news from me. Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to do this interview with you!