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The artist known as Mar~kel has been practicing the craft of music for three years old. At that age, he was self-taught on how to play drums, and years later began writing raps. Since then he seeks to paint sonic pictures of urban life, mental health, and the black perspective through a young man’s eyes.
How did you come by your stage name?
My stage name went through many phases from it being my first name to its being middle name. Now I’m struggling with a new change from where my middle name aka Mar~kel is better branded by me but there is interest vibe with a new calling card. So a name to me means of a stretch of a mindset in the creative spectrum.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I fell in love with music when my parents got separated and I didn’t adjust well to this sudden change. This moment kind of pushed me to express myself in a different form which is where rap comes in. In middle school I was heavily introduced to Eminem and Jay -Z and my perspective on the world rapidly changed. I took those lyrics and cherished them and from there I nourished myself by writing my own lyrics.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
There is way too many I mean the biggest influences are Tribe Called Quest, Odd Future, and David Bowie. I love all of them so much because all these artists and their movement change their music styles and evolve with the times. Those changes and the sense of adapting to the climate are essential to standing out as an artist which I admire.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
My current project is centered around a Langston Hughes poem “What Happens to a Dream Deferred”. The concept is ripped from the poem but with the blend of the movie “Inception” in relation to the environment of the hood. I tell multiple stories in multiple perspectives related to the concept but not being too heavy-handed with the message. My future project will be centered around mental illness and will be a personal story.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
My challenges are networking and having a wider social media presence. Especially when I’m not a big fan of using it myself because of the climate that we are currently in these days.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
You are never the best I realized that because the number one thing in this game is you are constantly evolving. The development of artistry also changes and will only make you strong despite the growing pains.
What are your plans for the near future?
Launching my website and doing more shows, radio interviews, and making songs. Also my poetry book will still be on my bucket list to get done in the near future.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
My friends and the people that believe in the nerdy dude with the dark aggressive raps. A thousand shout outs to those individuals cause they are the source of my motivation.
How can fans find you?
On Instagram at @mar.k8l and on all streaming platforms under the artist name of Mar~kel.
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Get bumped on the head a lot you need to mess up in order to succeed.
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