Mark Eden – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
ME: Good question, I have no idea but I’ll give it a go. I can tell you that I like to write songs, produce different styles of music, paint, make music videos and just create stuff in general. It depends on what day you get me, somedays I am feel I am authentic and other days I create from my alter ego, which could be full of itself and super confident with a tongue in cheek attitude.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
ME: I started writing songs many years ago in Australia which is where I am from and released my first solo album ‘Melt’ in 1999. I toured around Australia with that album while performing songs from my then upcoming 2nd album’No Mind’, you could say I was testing em’ out live to see what worked and what didn’t. After releasing those two independent albums I decided to do something different so I sold my belongings and moved to Berlin in 2005 to mix my third album. I ended up living in a small artist community in Kreuzberg, the suburb where David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Nick Cave also stayed for a while. There I played house shows with my flatmates in an old warehouse…it was crazy and so much fun! The release party for my third album ‘Meaning I Give’ in 2007 was held in an old Chapel Theatre next to a graveyard in Friedrichshain, which felt pretty unique.
I met my wife in 2008 and we formed the band Under The Tongue and to this day I have 2 projects which are great outlets for my craziness. To keep it brief 🙂
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
ME: I would say that my musical influences range from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Cat Stevens, The Jackson 5, Johnny Cash, Puscifer, Elliot Smith, Prince, Slade….to name a few. Also I am influenced by people such as Basquiat, Picasso, Salvador Dali, Carl Jung, Osho, Nietzsche, Brett Whiteley, Francis Bacon and any artists that have the courage and conviction to put there art out there.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
ME: My dreams and goals are one in the same. I would like to tour the world with my solo project and with my band, continue writing, recording and producing music and art. Living in a house where we can be self sufficient has always been on the agenda for my wife and I also. To have a permaculture set would be awesome and is in the planning. All the while keeping fit and healthy is a priority and definitely a goal for me.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
ME: I write all of my songs on the albums, it just seems to work out easier that way as I write very fast and often write and record a song in the same day keeping it as fresh as possible. What they are about is something else, half the time I don’t even know myself. The seem to come at the oddest times and for no rhyme or reason at all. They can range from singing in the first person about fear, love, connection, disconnection etc to just being a simple form of catharsis. It is great form of therapy 😉
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
ME: That has always been crazy and a challenge for me but now I have embraced facebook, Instagram and social media also I am lucky to have some really cool who are helping me now.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
ME: Downloading music online is like recording vinyl to tape from your friends in the old days. I am fine with as long as people come to see your shows when you are in their town and purchase the merchandise as there is no real other way for us to sustain what we are doing. Trust me it is not cheap to make an album and do videos etc so any form of support is really appreciated.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
ME: There are many.
Mind Games by John Lennon is a classic, love the production for the times and the fact that he is basically saying it is all in your head…love it. I could go on forever with this question.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
ME: I don’t suffer fools easy and also really cannot stand rude people with no manners. Listening to people eat really loud also is not one of my favorite things.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
ME: One of my proudest moments was playing live for the first time on Australian TV, also being the opening act for Yothu Yindi at the famous Garma festival in front of their home crowd. Of course having my first album in my hands was also one of my proudest. Sorry, you did ask for one 😉
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
ME: I am working on the next video for my next single ‘Things to Be’ also the next video for my band Under The Tongues new single ‘Waterfall’. They are both very different projects so it never gets boring. Both have scheduled release dates so I am under the gun 😉
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
ME: You can listen and buy my music on all the usual platforms like Spotify, Youtube, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer etc. Also it is possible to get your physical copies and merch through my shop on my official website markeden.com
Thanks so much Pete for the opportunity to chat with you it has been a pleasure.
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