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Marksman


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


I'm a London-based music producer, songwriter and DJ, currently studying at Point Blank Music School. I specialise in melodic techno and progressive deep house, but also write rock/metal songs. I love songs that take you on a journey and spend many hours searching for excellent music to incorporate in my live sets and for inspiration in my own productions.

Interesting fusions between obscure genres really interest me, where my were interests founded from playing in a semi-successful rock/metal funk band for many years during school. I like to experiment with unique combinations of styles, in particular flamenco guitar and techno. I enjoy playing live to crowds either at London clubs, such as XOYO and The Nest, and at various private events and house parties.

I finished studying biochemical engineering at UCL in London but as a self-taught producer, had difficulties finding the right audiences for my music through people I met there, until recently starting at Point Blank, where I am able to do what I love doing most, making music every day with like-minded people.

I've been making a number of tunes to send to labels and publishers, and have recently entered Hannah Wants' DJ search competition. The links to some free demo songs can be seen below:

'Let's Go' (coming soon to Sweet Musique) https://soundcloud.com/marksmanofficial/letsgodemo
'Extraterrestrial' (Free DL) https://soundcloud.com/marksmanofficial/extraterrestrial
'Don't Go Vs. Late Night Solomun Remix' https://soundcloud.com/marksmanofficial/dontgolatenightbootleg


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


My specific taste is dynamic and continuously changing, however, my love for excellent music will never change, old and new. I was brought up primarily on classical music, and trained classically to play the piano, cello and the trumpet. However, I discovered rock and metal music (such as Metallica, Slayer etc..) and went to see many gigs and festivals, which inspired me to begin playing electric guitar and drums, formed many bands at school, mainly thrash/death metal, and played gigs around Leeds, my hometown. I then taught myself flamenco guitar playing, a style of guitar known for its complex percussive strumming.

Around this time, I discovered electronic music for the first time. I took a strong interest in dubstep, mainly due to its raw aggressive sounds and unfathomable basses. I taught myself to DJ and played often at gatherings and parties. By demand from others, I began searching for house tracks, but was naturally attracted to deep house and bass house, particularly the more melodic styles.

At university, I went to my first 'rave' which was Tale Of Us with some friends. However, I mistook them for still deep house artists, not the heavy techno pioneers they are today, and so was pleasantly shocked to their new sound and was instantly hooked. Since then, I have loved techno religiously but particularly melodic techno.


What´s new right now?


I'm currently working on a three-track EP (perhaps even a full debut album) entitled 'Esoteric', containing melodic techno tracks fused with oriental and original sounds (mainly flamenco guitar), which will hopefully be released early 2018. However in the meantime to boost my following, I am putting out a number of tracks as free downloads (usually through a gate) and additionally recording frequent mixes, featuring some of my unreleased songs and tunes from other artists I deem to be exceptional that I'd likely play live. Whilst I am mainly focussing on production rather than gigging, I am always welcome to playing to audiences!

Keep an eye on my Soundcloud account for demos, free DLs and my mixtapes https://soundcloud.com/marksmanofficial
Also, the mix I recorded for Hannah Wants' DJ search (an accurate representation of my live sound) can be heard here – https://soundcloud.com/marksmanofficial/hwymix

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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?



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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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http://www.soundcloud.com/marksmanofficial

http://www.facebook.com/marksmanofficial

http://www.instagram.com/theofficialmarksman

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