Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a music producer, artist, and web dev. All my time is pretty much dedicated to IT and music, I do my best to create room for other things, but my days are pretty full!
How did you get into the music industry?
I started first teaching piano and guitar around 2000. I got certified in piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music and ran a successful private practice for years. When 808s & Heartbreak came out that drastically increased my desire to produce, mix and master records. I was already dabbling before but I started to really pursue music production and live performance as a career from 2013 onwards.
How have you evolved as an artist since your first release, “Phoenix”?
I’ve matured. The lead-up to Phoenix was very much about finding myself sonically while doing my utmost to obtain a record deal and booking agency rep. 8 years later, Sony ATV / Beatstars handles my music catalogue for publishing. Now I think more deeply about the story I want to tell and about bringing a new landscape of sounds to the fore.
What can audiences expect from your upcoming release, “My Season” on October 15th?
A dynamic combination of Afrobeat, hip-hop, and r&b. Samples infused with live instruments. Lyrically a mix of fun, ambition, and treating of serious topics like unrequited love and betrayal.
What can you tell us about the two lead singles, “Champion Flow” and “Mi Amore”?
“Champion Flow” is inspired by early Kanye West, College Dropout, Late Registration, and Graduation era. You can hear his influence with respect to my lyrical delivery and the type of beat I made. The song is about knowing you’re the best and owning it in every situation while celebrating the success of others. “Mi Amore” is more so inspired by Gims, Bramsito, Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Tame Impala. You can feel the Afrobeat vibes and lyrically it tells the story of losing a woman that I loved deeply. Psychologically and spiritually, so have I, and this is reflected in the lyrics. I have a habit of contrasting these emotional feelings with my ambition in the industry and the verses are definitely a reflection of this.
How has COVID-19 affected your career?
Well, I’m playing a lot fewer shows than I otherwise would be, and they are mostly online live streams. I also sat on the Indie Week panel as an expert producer in April of this year. Music is tough and to be honest, my primary income right now is as a web developer which I also love. I’m working on an app called Collab Universe with a fellow dev Jonathan Cruz, which strives to promote independent artists and connect them with major labels. It is in development but people can sign up for more info or get involved here: www.collabuniverse.com
What’s next for your career?
I will continue to work on singles and promote my music as much as possible. I’m really focused on building this app and developing a user base so that we can help the talented artists that need a boost to be seen by booking agencies and live event companies. So that is a major focus right now.
What advice would you have for aspiring musicians or producers?
Diversify. The greatest music producers do more than just music to generate multiple streams of income.
What’s your life like outside of the studio?
Most of my time is spent building websites to be honest. But I’m trying to balance my life more!
Let the readers know where to find you online.
Visit my official website for social media links, streaming links, and more information: https://www.markbrathwaitemusic.com