Marc Phoenix aka “Mawk”, has worked extensively as a producer in Los Angeles with compositions that would do well on radio and which were featured on Blood Diamond, Little Miss Sunshine, Sex & the City, Charmed, Scrubs, among others. He has produced a number of noteworthy artists including Celine Dion, Alice Cooper, Nelly Furtado, Enya and Peter Gabriel. Mawk received a master’s degree in classical guitar and pedagogy from the University of Zurich and then studied Jazz & songwriting at the Berklee College of Music which is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world.
With his extensive background, Mawk has decided to now focus on his own music and performing, which I happened upon in YouTube. I believe that initial find was a recording of the same track we’ll feature in this episode, which is from his debut solo release “This is the Sound”.
Mawk currently resides in Malta, a fellow expat like your truly. In the interview we talk about one of the opportunities in today’s new music business and the transition from a studio based career to one of being an independent artist. Mawk also reflects on celebrating the small wins and the struggles that get you there. I learn he got the nickname Mawk through friends who also made fun of his accent and that his fascinating music journey began in Switzerland.
We start by talking about what took Mawk to Malta and go on to discuss:
- How Mawk got into house concerts in L.A.
- Moving into electronic music and remixes of popular songs
- Learning to make the challenges enjoyable
- Dissecting the energy of desire
- YouTube videos to educate your audience
- Focus on micro-milestones and successes along the way.
- Mindset is everything – learn how to adapt it as needed.
“Build up slowly, be patient, celebrate little successes daily. It doesn’t matter where you are, even if you have number one hits, because you have to build up again and again.”
“You get better out of necessity.”
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