Mark is a recent graduate of Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s degree in music technology. He has studied various instruments since the age of six, before finally settling with the guitar and his own vocal cords. Songwriting began for him at the age of fifteen with Reading-area rock band, The Flying Pigs.
Eventually, Mark opted to study the inner-workings of the recording studio. This has influenced how he writes music, and he prefers to work on his own, sending sketches of ideas out for feedback when necessary. Mark has mixed three full-length albums in the past five years, with the most recent being Songs to Make You Wealthier and More Attractive by Samuel B. Lupowitz and the Ego Band. He will be doing additional mixing work for the Ego Band again with their sophomore album, to be released in the first quarter of 2015.
Musical influences, regarding both composition and playing style, include the following: Pete Townshend, Brian May, Thom Yorke, John Scofield, and Jeff Buckley. Mark is currently perfecting a highly improvisational style of playing that is based around a defined, yet malable framework. He finds music to be most enjoyable when it is not entirely predictable, and he is constantly looking for ways to reinvent his own material.