***The Difference Engine and Silent Running, Vol. 1 are out now — available for streaming and digital download on just about every online vendor you’ve ever heard of. Here’s a link to Mark’s bandcamp!***
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 four full-length albums since he began his undergraduate studies in 2008, the most recent being Ten Square Miles by Samuel B. Lupowitz and the Ego Band, released in May 2015. Currently, Mark is composing and doing pre-production for Luminous Beings, a modern take on the “power trio” style of band.
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 malleable 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.