“At this point in my career, I’m hungry like a kid that hasn’t ate in a week and trying to achieve my own level of success.”
Check out the interview with Mark Spark exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Mark Spark: I started my musical journey as a kid. I used to perform in this group called The Heartbreakers which later transformed in B.T. From there I embarked on my solo journey and established Migrant Workerz.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I promote my music lots of different ways. I talk to people, I use e-mail lists, merchandise, and social media.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge is trying to stand out in a market where in order to be successful you have to be trendy and still try to keep your artistic integrity and vision intact. The way that I overcome it is by remaining independent and doing things at my own pace.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in New York City is lit. I like the fact that there are all these legendary and up and coming venues that I’ve performed in. What I don’t like is that as a hip hop artist it’s harder to book certain venues than it is for other genres of music.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I really don’t know because I grew up in a time where there were video music shows on television and now that doesn’t even exist. I never thought I would see a time where music networks don’t even show music on TV or where rappers would wear skinny jeans and then make millions. The point that I’m making is what could be considered taboo or trash today, might be the trend of tomorrow.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
At this point in my career, I’m hungry like a kid that hasn’t ate in a week and trying to achieve my own level of success. With that being said, I don’t think I’m at any point to give anybody advice; I’m still striving for mine.
What inspires you to write your next song?
There’s a lot of things that influence the music that I make, but when speaking on inspiration I get inspired when my producer hits my inbox with custom-made beats for me.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
First, I like to get acquainted to the music. I like to listen to the beat a few times, then I usually determine what the concept of the song is gonna be. After that I usually come up with a hook, usually, but not always, and then I start forming the verses.
What do you think makes a great song?
For me it has to have lyrical substance, tight production, and a catchy hook, to me, would be an ideal song.
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