An Exclusive Interview With hip-hop Artist Marcus Christ
Born in 1983 in Silver Springs, Maryland Marcus Christ is the leading underground hip-hop artist of the generation that emerged in the wake of the influence of Tupac and Michael Jackson. Marcus studied Political Science in the college that established the artist’s political messages. There, he absorbed the attention to form the need for action with video and music, subsequently refining his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the points of intersection between the poor, wealthy, and powerful.
Marcus’s work can be found in myriad of public and private websites both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous blogs worldwide. He currently lives and works in Compton, California, and travels home to DC on occasion. Some of his past albums are The Profit Mixtape, The Repsonce, The Get Back, No Doubt, Return of the Beast and the upcoming Prince of the Universe. His new single “I Get High on the Most High” challenges fans to think about a higher power that provides for those that call upon it.
Q:When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
Ans: Honestly, making the music is fun and exciting, but the business aspect is boring. Worried about sales, shows, contracts, lawyers, and cops wil make you go crazy. I wish all I had to do was focus on the music but there is so much you would be missing. You can’t know everything about me listening on one or two songs.
Q: How do you shut things out?
Ans: Believe it or not I tend to stay home. I watch the news, play video games, and mess with friends online. I really never get time off. When I’m not working I’m thinking of what’s next.
Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?
Ans : It really depends on how much I like the song. The song “The Day That You Told Me” is one of my favorite songs, and it just come to me naturally. The hardest or most challenging song I wrote was “The Weekend” since I used a lot of word play on the same word.
Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Ans: Do what you want- Satan
Do what’s best- Jesus
Q: At what age did you start singing?
ANS: I started singing in my school choir and honor choir in the 5 and 6th grade. I was about 11 or 12. I got kicked out a performance because I farted and everyone laughed. It was seriously an accident though.
Q:What is your favorite song to sing live?
Ans: I think Mama Said has the message my Mom always gave me “Don’t try, just do”. That phrase motivated me to get a lot of work done with excuses.
Q:Do you have any events coming up or recording going on right now?
Ans: Yea I do actually. I’ll be at the Viper Room on Sunset Blvd on January 16th in Hollywood. Come check tha kid out!
Q:Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to sing as a career or just advice about careers in general?
Ans : Music is a business. You see the performance, but there is a lot of people involved. I even have to hire freelance workers sometimes to get everything done. You can’t do it all alone
Q:How does the conversation go when someone pitches the performance to you?
Ans: Usually I get an email, and I decide if I have enough time to sell the required tickets.
Q:When and why did you start playing?
ANS: I started writing after I broke up with my ex girl back in 2004, and I enjoy it so much I never stopped. Some people say Love conquers all” and my love for music is addictive.
Q: Is your family musical?
Ans: No. My mom never saw music as a real career and pushed me to go to college. Adter college I wanted to do what I love and make music.
Q: Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.
Ans: My first instrument was a trombone. I was classically trained and read music. Now I enjoy playing the piano. I always wanted to play trumpet, but that never happened.
Q: Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
Ans: I’ve been doing a few public shows to promote the new album Prince of the Universe cue April 3rd 2018. I’m on Kiss 104.7 FM, All Unsigned FM, H3: Home of Hip Hop, Jamsphere, and other radio stations.
Q: Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Ans: Not anymore. I figure whether the show is good or bad the people are gettng what they paid for when I show up. If I show up.
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