It’s not always easy being a chameleon. But it certainly makes for an interesting life. And, in the case of Mark Marshall, interesting music as well.
“I’ve worked in warehouses, been a census taker, a taxi dispatcher, a CD-ROM producer, a radio host—I’ve even designed components for robots,” says Mark, who is also a web and print media designer/producer – and voiceover artist.
And like the other areas of Mark’s life, the music he makes is chameleon-like: wildly diverse, meticulously crafted songs that range from radio-ready pop to hard rock, piano-driven ballads to soundtrack-ish instrumentals, futuristic funk-jazz to clubby techno dance.
In a world that likes its musicians neatly tucked into easy-to-understand, ready-to-sell boxes, however, being so all over the map can be a hindrance rather than an asset. But not for Mark.
After debuting with 2004’s limited-edition Merge, in 2007 Mark released its acclaimed follow-up New Eye. A riveting, impossibly varied 19-track set, New Eye was accurately hailed as “hyper-eclectic” by National Public Radio – and runs the gamut from fiery rockers to gentle ballads, old-school pop, ambient instrumentals, and percolating techno.
In mid-2013, Mark released The Other New Eye, featuring remasters of some of the top songs from New Eye – plus some extra unreleased tracks.
“I just want people to feel something when they hear my music,” Mark says. “To get as much joy and emotion from it as I felt when I was making it.” Something anyone with open ears and a beating heart will have no problem doing.
(For more background – here’s some extra bio information)