Today I’m honored to bring to you an interview that was conducted last night with an up and coming artist I recently featured in one of my Sleepy Sundays weekly articles here on CardCastlesInTheSky. If your into what’s fresh on the music scene and are open to many genres I highly recommend checking out that feature. I’ll be sharing that link after this interview.
So, world – meet Mark Pri¢e.
1. For those that don’t know you, tell us a little about where you’re from.
I’m from East New York Brooklyn.
2. What are your influences and sources of inspiration both musical and non-musical?
My inspirations I’d say come from graffiti, growing up in New York, anything 80’s/90’s-related. My other influences are you could say – video games are a big influence.
3. What does “artistic expression” mean to you?
Artistic expression is…expressing myself, you know..anyway I feel like it, basically.
4. What else brings a smile to your face aside from music?
My family, skateboarding, and family photo albums. Just pictures from me being a kid, rain, and rainbows.
5. Who or what first brought music into your life?
I’d have to say my older brother Steve. He used to listen to people like: Buckshot, Ill & Al Skratch, Special Ed, OGC, Heltah Skeltah, Das EFX, FU-Schnickens, Nice & Smooth. That’s what pretty much cultivated everything I love about music…hip-hop, let’s just say.
6. What stresses you out?
Not enough time in a day – Yeah, definitely not enough time in a day.
7. Describe a small portion of your creative process.
I’d say just going out into the world and just soaking up everything, basically. Freestyling is a big part of it. I like to not just sit down with a pen and pad and try to focus on writing something down. Sometimes it’ll just come to me in spurts and I kind of just keep reciting those things over and over and it kind’ve just fits together like a puzzle at the end. It’s an exercise ’cause once I do that, when I’m actually done with the song, it feels like I don’t have to rehearse it. It’s kind of been rehearsed through the whole process. – So when it comes down to actually recording it – it kind of just all goes together. It doesn’t really take a long time to get it down.
8. How would you describe your music to someone that doesn’t know you?
A lot of it’s self-reflection. A lot of it is just my life, just daily things that I go through, you know – have been through – stuff that we all go through.
9. What was it like working on the song “Mirrors”?
It was…actually a really cool process because I did it with my brother, Curtis Flow. He produced Mirrors for me. The song was written about a year ago; summertime. A lot of things happened between now & then – then & now, I should say.
The process was really smooth. There were a few bumps along the way but, it got recorded not too long ago. I’m kind of glad it did happen that way – just to see the process of it is not just coming up with something and recording it and then moving onto the next thing. It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears and determination to actually get it the way you want it. Sometimes when you’re finished with a song just like this one, it feels like you can always add a little bit more but, it felt like everything was the way it’s supposed to be. So, it was a pretty good process – I like it.
10. What are your plans for the future?
Plans for the future…I’d say to make music on a much larger scale. Meaning actually, you know, performing in front of people, going to different cities, just exposing people to my music that I wouldn’t come across on a daily basis staying in my town that I’m in. So, I’d like to say, touring, just seeing the United States, seeing different countries, seeing the world.
Okay…I think that about…wraps – it – up.
I hope you all enjoyed this interview with Mark Pri¢e. You can check out his music featured over at my Sleepy Sundays: The Drive article. While you’re there, feel free to leave a comment or review. You can also head on over to his SoundCloud account and leave a Like or comment if you enjoy his work.
Keep an eye out for this one! I know a lot of you have come to enjoy my musical tastes and know I wouldn’t steer you in the wrong direction. I’m not just saying this because Mark is someone very close to me, I truly feel he is a man of great talent. So, please let us know what you think! All of it is greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.