MARCUS Drops New Single REDEMPTION

"I had originally written a song called Istanbul, but after a couple of rewrites it became Redemption - a song about family, friends, and the places we come from."
14 April 2021

By Vasco Dega

Dublin-born artist Marcus returns and shines with his intense yet urgent, genre-defying track Redemption, which works as the perfect follow-up track to the equally convincing Obey, self-financed by his time working in a pizza restaurant.

Marcus explains: “I wrote Redemption in April last year. We were in the middle of the first lockdown and I recorded the track (for the most part) remotely with Alex Borwick, bouncing files between us. The vocals in the first verse were recorded on a budget mic in my room, using the wardrobe as a vocal booth. A few weeks beforehand I had been to visit my Mum in Istanbul with my brother. It was a really nice trip and we managed to do it just before Covid really forced the world to a standstill. I had originally written a song called Istanbul, but after a couple of rewrites it became Redemption – a song about family, friends, and the places we come from.”

On growing up in a varied musical household: “I was introduced to music by my Dad as a kid. He had a massive cd collection and there was always something playing in his house. I can remember The Clash, Bob Dylan, Jurassic Five, David Bowie, Bob Marley, Wilco, Lauryn Hill, Neil Young all playing. He also taught me a few chords on the guitar when I was 8 or 9. I really took to it but stopped playing by the time I had started secondary school, there were a lot of distractions and I just sort of drifted away from music.”


On his drive to create and perform music: “When I was a teenager, I began listening to Hip Hop (The Pharcyde, Nas, Jay Z, Biggie) and when I started hearing Irish hip hop it really caught my attention. When I heard guys like Willa Lee and Maverick Sabre singing over hip hop beats it really resonated with me. I saw Plan B and Mike Skinner doing similar things and I began to think it was something I could do, but it wasn’t until I was 19 that I decided to give music a try.”

On dropping out of college: “I was in my first year of college at the time but I was failing exams and not enjoying myself. I began playing the guitar again and decided that, somehow, I was going to make a career in music.  I dropped out of college, to the bemusement of family and friends, and began writing music every day.”

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