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Marcus Connolly

Sounds likeNo Rome, Jay Park, Charli XCX
LocationManchester

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Marcus Connolly (aka MARCUS ⚡️) is an experimental pop musician who's music covers theme's such as identity, social media ideologies and questions society in a post modern way. His music pulls influence from the late 90's early 00's mixed with J-pop/K-pop and PC music influences. A lot of his music is either autobiographical or social commentary wrapped in a blue bubblegum pop shell.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm Marcus, also known as Marcus (with a lightning bolt instead of an S) I'm a Manchester based musician who makes experimental pop. I started music late 2017 early 2018 as a hobby and because I had always had a huge interest in music growing up, I think I was just scared to admit it to myself for a while because I couldn't imagine me being a singer, my only experience prior was singing in the shower, so it was definitely a step out of my comfort zone. But I loved the idea of songwriting and had been writing songs and concepts since I was 13 and once I started making my own music I just couldn't stop, I found myself recording something whether that was a demo, or a song concept every day. I started recording on my phone and just using voice notes but mixing them to sound as professional as I could and then a really bad mic from amazon which was short lived until now where I purchased a proper microphone and speakers and created my own little home studio situation. I self produce some of my songs, as I guess you have to as an independent artist starting out but soon found friends who produce and got the whole vibe I was going for so now I work with them on my songs.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?

I think the fact that I'm unashamed to make Pop music that's so camp in 2018 sets me apart, especially as a male artist. I don't have any problem with the current situation pop music is in at the minute, I think it's in a good place but it just feels like every male artist is either a rapper or playing it safe in terms of sounds and imagery. I guess that's why I consider myself an experimental pop artist. I was raised in the 2000's when being 'tacky' was the norm and overly autotune'd and produced songs were everywhere, I think that definitely has somewhat of an impact on who I am as an artist for sure and sets me apart from a lot of the upcoming music in the UK at the moment.

What's your back story?

Well I started music kind of by accident, I was listening to a lot of PC music which is an amazing bunch of artists based in London, but I found myself listening to a lot of music that I felt like I could possibly do myself, or at least wanted to try out. Because I never viewed myself as a singer and didn't even think I could but I watched a lot of tutorials and just experimented loads and created a couple of demo's and since then have branched out so much as an artist. At the start I felt like I could only speak in my songs and that they all had to be drenched in autotune but now I pull influence from everywhere and growing up I always loved artist like Madonna, Bowie and artists who were very diverse and took influence from everywhere and that's how I hope to be as an artist.

What are you working on at the moment?

Right now I'm working on my first official mixtape. I've released a lot of promo songs this year to see how people received them and also because I really wanted to release music but now I'm finishing this mixtape which I've actually been working on all year. It honestly means so much to me, it's like a diary of the last year of my life. I definitely was very introspective when I wrote a lot of the songs. But I'm always working on something else in the background, I'd love to release something with more social commentary in the future.

What's the first song you remember hearing? Barbie Girl - Aqua

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Piece of me - Britney Spears

What was the first gig you went to? Charli XCX at Manchester Academy in 2015

Which song do you wish you'd written? Royals - Lorde

Which song changed your life? Hollywood - Marina and the diamonds

Which song would you like played at your funeral? Don't you forget about me - Simple Minds

What song is stuck in your head right now? One of my own called 'your angel'

What was the first Album you bought? Elephunk - The Black Eyed Peas

Which song made you want to play music? To be honest all of Britney Spears' discography.

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