Marques Robinson is an aspiring musician who has just released his first album entitled Remains of Us here is a link to his website:
Q: when did you begin writing music?
A: I actually began seriously writing music around last Christmas, but it has really been an evolving process. Ever since I figured out how to play any instrument I have tried to write music with it. It has taken some time to get good at it but it is still evolving and changing and I continue to get new ideas and new ways of writing.
Q: What kind of training do you have?
A: I was in the High School Marching Band for 3 of my 4 years in high school. During that time I learned a little bit about arrangement and I also received private lessons on the French horn which taught me discipline and determination. Other than that my only training has been through myself, have it be me just listening to different songs and analyzing them to actually trying to figure out how to play a part of a song and elaborate upon that idea. Thats when I just started to come up with my own ideas and embellish on them and eventually turn them into songs themselves.
Q: Who are some of your influences?
A: Most of my early influences have been bands like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck; I really could not get enough of that time period, and sometimes I still can’t. Here recently I have tried to expose myself to some newer bands and gain a newer perspective on music and I have really come to love bands like Coheed and Cambria, Incubus, Fair to Midland; these of course are just a few but I am really enjoying all the influences together. I think thats when you get something special.
Q: What is the overall theme of Remains of Us?
A: The overall theme to me is dark and mysterious; it is me as an artist testing boundaries and setting new goals for myself to see how far I can take the music and still have it communicate something to whoever listens to it.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your music?
A: As of right now I am working on learning how to program websites and applications, the work is quite interesting and is pretty involved. As far as how it influences my music; it gives me an opportunity to be in my own head and think of ideas I can try.
Q: What is your oddest performance story?
A: I haven’t had the chance to perform as much as I would like, but while I was performing in my home town theater in the middle of my song ‘Eclipse’ one of the speakers goes out and my dad had to run up on the stage and hold the chord to at least make the horrible sound that was coming out stop. I am very thankful that he did that, the show was going so well and it was quite unexpected but after that the show continued without a hitch.
Q: What trends in music annoy you?
A: I can’t think of any trends in music that annoy me particularly. I rather enjoy seeing where people can go with there own expressions.
Q: What are some of the things you have done to promote your music?
A: I have recently hired a PR company who is currently connecting me through my social media sites and helping spread the word of my music.
Q: What makes the Texas music scene unique?
A: I really think that it is a diversity in the kinds of music being created and all the different people creating the music, that to me is special and I am excited to be a part of it.
Q: If you could have a private guitar lesson from Jimmy Page or Jimi Hendrix who would you pick and why?
A: That is probably the hardest question that could have been asked! Just because I grew up listening to both so intensely. But I would have to say Jimmy Page, I have a deep passion and respect for his works and would absolutely love to hear him talk about it to me and possible show me some of the things he does and how he thinks on music.
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