“Your success will be determined by how much work you put in it.”
Check out the interview with Marq Muziq G.F.L.S. exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Marq Muziq G.F.L.S.: It started at a very young age. Actually, as I recall, I was in the hospital recovering from reconstructive surgery at Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati. I remember one of my nurses handing me a toy piano that only had 8 colorful keys. She taught me how to play chopsticks. That’s when I developed a love for music. SWV’s “Weak” was the first song I ever learned the lyrics to. Since then I knew I wanted to be a musician and be involved with music period.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Never give up. Never quit. Keep going. Push through. If someone tells you that you can’t, you tell them that you can. If they tell you that you won’t, you say, “I will.” And if they continue to speak death and negativity in your life, you use that to your advantage and channel that negativity into something positive. Use it as fuel to keep you going.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Everything. There’s a lot of work that goes into doing this kind of work which requires a team. Having a team behind you and beside you takes a load off. For many years I have managed myself. I feel that when you are doing all these things on your own makes this challenging.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Utilizing any and every outlet out there whether it be through social media, while you’re at work, in school, with family, on tour. Having that passion and drive to do whatever it takes to get to where you want to be. Having the dedication to keep striving, to keep hustlin’, and to keep moving forward. Your success will be determined by how much work you put in it.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I have to be 100% on this one, and people from my city may not like what I have to say, but got to tell nothing but truth. My city is broken. When it comes to the music scene there is no unity. Nothing but division. As far as fans, I feel like in my city, if you’re not famous, then you get no love. Hardly anyone supports local artists in my city.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself being married with children, touring the country with GFLS, and perhaps even being able to open up for and perform with some of my favorite artists. When all goes well I’ll able to make a comfortable living from my music, have a nice home, live comfortably with my wife and kids. Have our own brand of clothing.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
God, first and foremost. What he does for us is amazing and his love for us is unconditional. I have to give Him the honor and glory and the credit he deserves because of who he is. In all honesty, I really don’t listen to any type of music but CHH or inspirational and spiritual music because of where my heart is. Lecrae was my ALL TIME biggest inspiration to do CHH.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music I hear on the radio stations today is not my cup of tea. I do my best to listen to music that has more of a positive message. Songs that have true meaning to where it makes you reevaluate your life. Songs that inspire kids to do better and to make the right choices.