It's a really special time for Malaysia. I love the open and willingness to try things.
Marques Young, Singer, Songwriter and trombonist is better known as landed in Malaysia during 2009 after winning a solo competition. He is a regular on the Kuala Lumpur live circuit and two recent releases with Dangerdisko and Vandal we wanted to find out a little bit more.
How did it all begin?
I started playing music when I was 12. My very first instrument was the Euphonium. By 15, I fell in love with Jazz and that pretty much took me down the rabbit hole.
How and when did you end you up in Kuala Lumpur?
2009, I got my first job here in KL with a very well known symphony orchestra.
Who are some of your musical influences and why?
As I mentioned, Jazz played a huge part in my development. I also listened to a lot of R 'n' B, Hip Hop, and Soul Music. Plus Gospel was every Sunday when I went to church.
Describe your sound?
My sound is a mash up of all the things I listen too, with a touch of jazz. So you'll find Rnb, Soul, Hip Hop, Classical and even Rock music in there. I don't like boundaries.
What has been your most memorable moment as an artist?
There's so many! and this answer changes with every year because of new experiences. This year, my favourite moment was performing at the Good Vibes Festival with DangerDisko. We performed a song we released in March called Free. That was dope!
Without naming names what’s the worst experience as an Artist to date?
I really can't say I've had any. I love all my experiences because it gives me a reason to express myself. Life is amazing, all of it!
Any up and coming Artists locally we should be looking out for over the next twelve months?
I just finished a collaboration with the amazing vocalist, Evelyn Ferosa. We have a song called Close Your Eyes, produced by New York producer Bruce Leroy of Velocity Music.
If you had one bit of advice for up and coming Artists what would it be?
Dream Big, but work at it every day. Meet the people doing what you aspire to do and learn from them. Ask questions and work hard.
Name one Artist/s you would like to work with and why?
I wanna work with any and everyone who wants to make music. Doesn't matter, famous or not. I enjoy the process.
What frustrates you and what do you love about the music scene here?
Hmm, one frustrating thing is the lack of support the local musicians get as a community but it has been getting progressively better. With the emergence of management agencies like , , RTB, and just to name a few; things are moving for the local music community. It's a really special time for Malaysia. I love the openness and willingness to try things. The music scene has pockets that are extremely open minded and progressive.
What else have you got lined up for 2018?
I'm going to be performing with my 2nd Line project in Publika Jazz Fest on Aug11. Then I head to Australia to tour for one month. I'm also going to be releasing tons of music. So please keep up with my projects on Instagram: and or Facebook:
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