“The big change came in 2010 when I won a scholarship for Boston’s Berklee College of Music at the prestigious Umbria Jazz Festival. Being able to work as a musician in the United States has always been my dream and I was finally able to make it come true.”
Check out the interview with Perfect Mark exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Perfect Mark: Everything began in Italy where I was born and raised. I started joining the local scene of my region, Tuscany, singing in cover bands of different styles like pop, rock, soul, and blues. The big change came in 2010 when I won a scholarship for Boston’s Berklee College of Music at the prestigious Umbria Jazz Festival. Being able to work as a musician in the United States has always been my dream and I was finally able to make it come true.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I tend to be active on social media engaging my audience in my interests even outside of music. Recently I started doing some cover videos choosing different songs from artists that I like and re-arranging them thinking “how would this sound if it was my own song?” My recent version of Adele’s “Hello” did well getting to over 2K+ views.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
If you’re an emerging artist you have to be your own manager and promoter. I like to be in control, but it takes away time from the creative process. It can be stressful and frustrating. It’s amazing that you’re able to produce and record/album and even organize a tour solo. It’s also disheartening that nobody’s willing to invest in emerging artists anymore.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Boston’s a city full of young students and there are many music schools. It’s a very multicultural city, so there’s a big exchange on a musical level. That is why I don’t understand that Boston doesn’t have such a big music scene compared to other big cities like New York, Los Angeles, or Nashville.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
In music a lot of unpredictable things happen. The internet and technology will keep on playing lead roles. Labels will have less control and the distance between independent and mainstream will keep on getting shorter. Artists will be more in charge and probably have more control on the creative process.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Don’t be discouraged if things don’t happen right away because dedication and perseverance eventually pays off. To believe in themselves and be honest in their art. Trying to be different or emulating someone else rarely works. Honesty is something people feel, appreciate, and most of all respect.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I use a lot of metaphors and associations of images in my lyrics, sometimes all it takes is a walk outside. I usually talk about personal feelings and experiences, but in a way that the listeners can relate to them too. Sometimes the meaning of my songs is not that immediate, but I love the fact that other people can find their own meaning in them.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
It depends. Sometimes I just sit at the piano and play a chord progression and then I sing a melody on it. Other times I write the lyrics first. My favorite though is when my musicians and me just play for fun and write a song out of an improvisation. A couple of songs in my album like “Play Our Days” and “World Outside” came out like that.
What do you think makes a great song?
Most of the times simplicity is the key. This doesn’t mean a song has to be cliché or banal. Sometimes songs that are incredibly complicated are so well written that they sound simple. Most important songs in history have 3 or 4 chords, but they have something so powerful in the melody, in the message, or in the performance itself that their greatness is undeniable.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: perfectmark.bandcamp.com