The Exact Opposite: Mark Carson Exclusive Q&A

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Check out the interview with Mark Carson exclusively on Rude Boy Lifestyle Magazine.

RBL: What is the meaning of your name? How did you get it and what is the significance?
Mark: The name was inspired by one of the greatest entertainers, Johnny Carson. ‘Mark’ fit with ‘Carson’ to create the initials M.C. M.C. the emcee.

Have you ever been misunderstood by people of what you represent? You don’t look like the typical emcee which separates you from everyone, but how do people feel?
Yes. It’s funny because I’m the exact opposite of what a typical emcee would look like, nobody expects someone like me to get behind the mic. I use it to my advantage though. I like to catch people off guard, they usually turn their ears pretty quick.

Is there a reason you rock the glasses as your signature look?
I need my glasses for school and to see. But it has become a trademark that separates me from other local artists. My fans expect to see me as I am every day; ot trying to be something I’m not.

How do your parents feel about your music career?
They support me entirely, they help however they can. Robert, my dad, is my manager. He handles a lot of the business and financial aspects.

Can you tell us about the music scene in your area? How is it like? How are the other artists?
Columbia, SC isn’t the biggest city for music in the south east, especially Hip Hop. Charleston is the most musical city in the state. There is a lot of talent in SC but not a lot is getting recognized. Ben G, a Hip Hop artist from Columbia, just got signed by Waka Flocka. We’re hoping this will open some doors for other local artists.

How did your friends and family first think about your career?
At first people heard my music but didn’t connected it to me. A lot of people didn’t know I was Mark Carson until I got on stage to perform. My grandparents find my lyrics “shocking” but they enjoy my concerts. I amuse and I amaze.

What are some of your favorite brands out right now?
Rude Boy, of course. I also rock Vans, vintage Nike, Herschels, Neff, and Polo.

Who are your top five favorite musicians right now?
Dizzy Wright, A$AP Rocky, Dr. Dre, Drake, and James Brown.

What keeps you going in this tough music economy? How has it changed you overall?
I’m not doing this for the money, I do this for the love of the music. It hasn’t changed me, being a tough business to get into motivates me.

What are some of your focuses outside of music? Do you have family or other businesses around?
Outside of school (Brookland-Cayce). I like the business side of music (the art of the deal). I have an online company myself with some of my merchandise and clothing. I have my own studio where I do my recording and audio engineering. If I’m not recording myself, I’m helping another artists with their project.

What advice can you give to the other small artists that are just starting out?
Make music you enjoy, do it every day. Keep working, keep grinding.

Are there thoughts of signing to a major label or distributor yet?
It’s hard in Columbia to get in touch with the right people. But I am getting a lot of interest in Atlanta and Charlotte.

What do you think the future of music industry will look like?
Because of social media a lot of artists will get their claim to fame before major labels can get their hands on them.

Where can we find you and connect with you? Can you tell us your social media links etc?
Find me on social media @MarkCarsonMusic. Also on Soundcloud and YouTube.

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/jacobballingtonmusic
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/markcarsonmusic

 

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