Who Do they think I am?
Below are a list of people who've said something about the stuff I do. Some are friends, some are fellow musicians and some are personal heroes of mine. Actually, all are all of the above and much more gifted at what they do than I am...but hey....that's besides the point. All the best, Marcus.
Graeme Macrae Burnet
"Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents, winner in the Author of the Year category for the 2017 Sunday Herald Culture Awards (aka Scotland’s Oscars).
His first novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau (Contraband, 2014), received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust, was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award and was a cult hit.
His second novel, His Bloody Project, concerns a brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish Highland community during the 1860s. Lauded by critics and hugely popular with readers, His Bloody Project won the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award and the Vrij Nederland Thriller of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the LA Times Book Awards. It has been published around the world."
I took the quote above from the publishers website. Needless to say it's unbelievable to have this man say something like that about my music.
This guy is amazing.
"For fans of the song and how to feel it. Kath Bloom (USA) is some kind of legend. She comes from a special place where country, blues and folk are made beautifully translucent and emotive. She has a special gift – her voice is delicate and tender, yet retains that raw emotion and hard worn truths that allows each sung word to be felt.
Her albums recorded with Loren Mazzacane Connors in the 70′s/80′s are rare things, full of songs that float and melt into the ether. Impossibly beautiful and hard to find on LP, but check the reissues from a few years ago . In the 90′s Kath’s music was famously featured in Richard Linklater’s film Before Sunrise. Since then she has been busy writing and recording to great acclaim. Two new albums in the last few years and she and her songs where also honoured on a tribute album featuring Bill Callahan, Scout Niblett and Mark Kozelek."
Personally, I think Kath is the greatest living American songwriter that I've ever heard. I love this artist and her support for me has been absolutely amazing. Now, I'm in no position to give any young songwriter any advice..but I've been doing it for a bit now and I'm trying my best. So, if i were to give anyone advice, it would be this: Unpretentious, truthful humanity is the hardest yet the most important and most beautiful thing to try and get into any song. That's the "why?" and, the "what for?" and the "how to?"...The how to, is ..listen to Kath Bloom, and keep trying.
Bob Hardy (Franz Ferdinand)
Bob Hardy is a hell of a chap. A wonderful artist and musician (as bassist of Franz Ferdinand, one of the greatest bands ever to come out of Scotland...via Yorkshire...I hope he won't mind me saying :) )
His support for my music is absolutely incredible. This man is a diamond. A rare mix of hugely successful, yet supremely modest gentleman. He's kind, genuine and devoid of ego. I'm honestly not sure if I'd be the same if I'd had half the success he has so well deserved. A dying breed. Long live Bob, and thank you!
"Kathryn Joseph is a Scottish musician. Her debut album Bones You Have Thrown Me, And Blood I've Spilled won the 2015 Scottish Album of the Year Award"
I first met Kathryn when we played at the Glad Cafe festival. She's amazing. An unbelievably gifted singer and songwriter. Just a league above. "Bones you have thrown me and blood I've spilled" is one of my favourite records. She's much kinder to me than she should be and watching her live is something you have to do. Here's her website: http://kathrynjoseph.co.uk/
Vidal is a French/Spanish musician, composer and writer. I've had the amazing honour to play and record with him on various occasions. He is quite simply the most prolific artist I know. He's written everything from poetry, music for ballet, film and, just so you know, my favourite song Right On Time, Valentine. He has a wonderfully powerful and unique voice. What can I say, the guy's a bloody genius and that he'd say that about what I do is too kind a compliment. Thanks Vidal!