Featured Artist: Marc Malouf
Marc Malouf is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and producer that has worked with names like Sia, Kylie Minogue, Kaskade, Clash, Mel B and Chris Brown (just to name a few). Marc is currently working on releasing his own original music, which will be his most exciting journey of his career so far. His song “Don’t Say You Love Me” has a mellow, achy vibe that will have you singing along the first time you hear it. Don’t let the one song catalog on Spotify fool you, we think you should keep an eye out for the Australian singer who plays not only the guitar but keys, bass and drums this year.
Millennials 365: Who Are Your Biggest Influences?
Marc Malouf: My biggest influences have always remained the same over the 31 years of my life. They are Jimi Hendrix, Ben Harper, James Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker and more recently Bon Iver and M83.
M365: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen on tour?
Marc: Craziest thing…I’ve seen a lot over the years but what made me laugh the most was watching a middle aged man karate chop a table until it was broken in half, it took quite a while!
M365: Do you have a record label?
Marc: I have chosen to steer clear of record labels for my original music because in this day and age we have the luxury of doing a lot by and for ourselves. I am however signed to Peer Music Publishing International that looks after my songwriting royalties.
M365: What has been your biggest challenge as an artist, especially now putting your own music out there?
Marc: My biggest challenge has always been, and still is, fear of failure and meeting the expectations of others. “…What if people hate my song…hate my voice…hate my playing…” It cripples so many talented musicians and really does starve the world of amazing songs, great musicianship and most of all originality. For me, releasing my first single “Don’t Say You Love Me”, that I recorded on just an iPhone, taught me not to worry about the superficial and that people will listen to a story first. Production is an afterthought and in most cases, especially in contemporary music these days, the polish to distract from what is a “fast food” music industry. Having the physical proof that 12,000 people listened, liked and shared my iPhone recorded song in the first 3 days of a Facebook post has definitely opened my eyes and redefined my understanding of people’s expectations and what a win looks like.
M365: What’s your outlook on the record industry today and how quickly it’s changing?
Marc: Well, having produced and written music for some of the world’s biggest artists over the past 8 yrs, I’m smack bang in the middle of it. I’ve seen it change a whole lot too. The truth is this, record labels are a sinking boat and are soon to be a thing of the past. Gone are the times of talent development deals. These days labels are basically booking agents for corporate events and clientele, selling only their biggest acts for a quick pay check. There is very little reason for new artists to be involved with record labels because we have the power to release, market and promote music ourselves. There are incredible marketing companies out there like Ditto music that can do more to promote an artist than a label can and it’s all a website away.
M365: What does music mean to you?
Marc: Music is the soundtrack to my life, without it I am deaf and blind to life.
You can listen to Marc Malouf’s song “Don’t Say You Love Me” on his Spotify or catch him playing shows this summer. To stay up to date on March check out his website www.mrmarcmalouf.com.