Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with acoustic rock artist, Mark Eden.
1. How did you get started as a band?
My dad played guitar and bought me my first one at the age of 7 so I guess it all started there. I remember him and few mates would play at our house in the lounge room and people would dance and go nuts. That is where my love for music began and they were real proper ‘house’ parties….loved it.
2. How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as acoustic/rock/pop with some tribal elements and singalong choruses.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
My parents listened to everything from Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke and other country artists. In my teens I started to listen to The Beatles, who I would say have been my biggest influence to this day. I also would listen to everything from Led Zeppelin, Cat Stevens, Black Sabbath, James Brown, Prince, The White Stripes and the list goes on and on.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
I think that the rise of Youtube and music streaming has definitely helped music reach more people than ever before, which is a great thing. I can put a song on line and people are listening to it from all over the world within a few hours….amazing. Bands have to concentrate on being a great live band now and have good merchandise to make money. Looks like in a way we have gone back in time to when playing live was a necessity not just by product.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
I actually really like staying fit and eating as healthy as possible, I know it’s not very rockstar but true. I like long walks in the woods….nah!!! Just kidding! I really enjoy making music videos also for my 2 projects. My other project is Under The Tongue, check us out the videos are cool, although I might be a touch bias. The process is a lot of work but really rewarding.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
At the moment all the gigs and tours have been put on hold because of the COVD-19 and many gigs have been cancelled. So hopefully by September this year things will start to get going again.