“When you have a music label and you are the artist, self-control is very important.”
Check out the interview with Marcus Christ exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Marcus Christ: My journey into the music industry is an unlikely one. Before I started singing or rapping, people were telling me how impossible it is to blow up. I started recording my music after my step-dad was sentenced to 14 years after being found guilty of conspiracy to sell narcotics. I started rapping to tell the world about his innocence in my song Mommy Got Some Problems. Since then I’ve written 4 albums.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest piece of advice to any kids that want to do what I do is finish college before I did at 30 years of age. My mom is a firm believer in class. If she didn’t have her degree from University of Maryland I wouldn’t have been in my town house or in my safe neighborhoods as a child. It’s not easy picking a career.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
When you have a music label and you are the artist, self-control is very important. I can’t invest all my money into one area because we need promotion, equipment, legal, medical, so on and so forth.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Streaming. Can I tell you why I’m mad? Can I keep it real wit y’all? Fuck Pandora. I’m on Spotify, I’m on Tidal, I’m on Iheartradio, etc, but Pandora acts like straight bitch ass lames. I sent them edited music like “We Got These Issues” about all of society’s issues we need to address, and they keep declining me with no reason given. It’s not their policy to say why.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Compton or PG County, Maryland? I suppose I should tell you about both since they are both vital in my upbringing. I enjoy both coasts honestly. You can’t really compare them. I will say I have way more friends in Maryland, but I love Compton’s location. Compton is known for really big acts. Most people I know in the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) work for the government.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today the album will already be in stores so I can relax a little. Maybe wear some khakis and a polo. Me and my girl can go to a Broadway play or hit a restaurant and not worry about our cards getting declined. I may work on some actual performances or shows. I may not. I’m still discussing it, and my probation officer has to clear it first. Hopefully a year from today I will be off probation and lawyer free.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Most people know how I was inspired by Michael Jackson, 2Pac, Prince, and Whitney Houston. I dated a girl once who told me she liked classical music. At first I thought it was strange, but then I started to think about movie soundtracks (score) or famous compositions by Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven it makes sense. So now I like to play around with classical sounds when producing.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music today needs to be vetted. Not everybody likes the same kind of music. So just because I’m not feeling something doesn’t mean it’s not good. Since I’ve been out of jail I’ve been writing, and I haven’t been listening to a lot of new music so I’m not too heavily influenced by someone else when I record.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
If you want to find me just look up Marcus Christ on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, or Instagram.