Music and Me with … Marcus Mandible- 01 Jan 2019 -
Image: Marcus Mandible, Hip-Hop Artist, Promoter and Host from Brighton, UK
When were you first introduced to music?
I have been involved in music since I was a child, playing electric and bass guitar in a couple bands as a teenager. I come from a family of Brighton Punks so music has always been an important part of my life. My first introduction to lyricism that I genuinely cared about was Linkin Park’s first album. Just after that was Eminem. Then I got into practising the art of rapping as a teenager when I heard Jurassic 5 on the ‘Tony Hawk’s Underground’ game for PS2 and I never looked back. The freedom of expression it allowed me was more powerful than anything else I had experienced. I was addicted.
Tell us about your favourite teachers
I have never been taught music in any way, shape or form other than learning from my peers and my music collection. Listening to the best rappers I knew and constantly challenging myself as a listener to find diverse and experimental music was the best teacher about what music can be.
What are your fondest musical memories?
My first ever show with Brunt Poetry (band) – I had the flu and was drinking vodka with Lemsip. We played for half an hour past the allowed time. We broke a toilet door off its hinges in a play-fight. We got banned from the venue. That’s actually when I started hiring venues myself and working as a promoter. HA.
Supporting Obie Trice at The New Cross Inn. #childhooddreams
What is your favourite TV theme tune and film soundtrack?
My favourite TV theme is Inspector Gadget. It’s a banger. My favourite film soundtrack has to be ‘Ghost Dog’ which was produced by RZA from Wu Tang Clan.
What was the last music download/ CD you bought?
Big Boi – Boomiverse
Imagine you’ve been given GBP 250.00 to spend on equipment, downloads, vinyl, CDs, DVDs or concert tickets. How will you spend it?
Return flight to a remote location for a one month stay with all necessary supplies but no phones, no internet, no distractions. Just pen and pad.
How do you balance music with your other obligations?
I work full time within the music industry, it’s my life – I live and breathe it. Everything falls into place somehow!
Happiness is … the perfect rhyme scheme.
Image: Artwork for “2018 Singles” Album – Candy Medusa