Charismatic Perth emcee Marksman Lloyd has just dropped his banging new single 'Rewrite The Ending' and is our feature artist all this week.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think my sound developed through a ton of trial and error. I listen back to material I recorded in my late teens and I'm kind of glad that I didn't get a whole heap of exposure back then because I wasn't ready. Developing my flow and cadence on a beat took a good few years and living a bit of life in that time left me with something relevant to say... I think.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I would say that other artists are my greatest source of inspiration though not necessarily in my own genre or even my own art form. A lot of literature inspires me. Musically Dylan is one of my all time favourites, mostly because he wasn't afraid to make the music that felt right to him no matter the cost.
What can punters expect from a Marksman Lloyd live show?
Lots of energy and bucket loads of sweat. I usually leave the stage drenched but it feels good giving the crowd everything you've got. My goal for each show is to make whoever is watching believe what I'm saying.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Enjoy yourself or there's no point doing it. I think that was my mum and probably every other mum to their kids since the beginning of time. But it's so true. Gotta remind myself of that every time I start taking myself too seriously. Actually that was good advice too, don't take yourself too seriously.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Coin Banks - Think Of You
. He's the homie but I gotta give a shout out cause that track can still make me smile every time I hear it.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by Tkay Maidza
. Or Meg Mac - Grandma's Hands
, everyone is annoyed at me at first because I've slowed the tempo right down but by the end they are all singing along and a few people have stepped outside to call family members that they haven't spoken with in a while.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I watched my good friend and long time producer, Creed Birch
rock a set with an 8 piece band at a venue called 'The Good Shepard' last Thursday night. They all killed it. Keep an eye out for Creed. I think there is a spot at the top saved for that guy.
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Creed Birch as I mentioned. Obviously Coin Banks
who are flying the flag high for WA at the moment. JL is one to watch. Whisky Winter
aka Aaron Malone who has collaborated with me on a bunch of material is also an incredibly talented dude who makes amazing music. There's a plethora of talented emcees in this state as well. It's an inspiring time to be doing it.
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
We are shooting a film clip for my new single 'Rewrite the Ending' at the moment. That'll be out soon. I've just wrapped up my second national run of shows but it was before the new EP dropped so I want to get back around the country early 2015. We've also started on the next project, it's only in the early stages but I'm excited about the direction it's taking. Expect that in the first half of 2015.