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GET TO KNOW: Marcus C Dolan
Following on from a string of warm and enticing releases over the last few years, British artist Marcus C Dolan returns to the fold once again with his heartfelt new single 'Ready To Believe'.
Bringing back more of that sweet and alluring texture he is known for, 'Ready To Believe' makes for a brilliantly captivating listen. Filled with bright and euphoric tones, a soaring atmosphere, and his own passionate voice at the helm, this new one will lure you in and never let you go.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
It would have to be Level 42. The musicianship was amazing, as all members of the band were great players. Of course, most of the focus was on the singer /Bass player Mark King, personally, I was particularly inspired by the original Drummer Phil Gould and Keyboard player Mike Lindup.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they
I was in a rock band when I was 17 playing drums with two other friends on guitar and bass at the top room of my parents’ house. In the early days at the best of times it was fun and at the worst it was a racket, but it was a good foundation to get used to playing in time and (sometimes) giving space to other musicians. Thankfully, we improved with age and experience. We are still friends and occasionally play together now.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
As a keyboard player and running a studio, I usually spend a bit of time going through sounds, chords and melodies and lyrical lines in my head, based on anything that is going on in my life. If I am feeling it, I’ll write it down or record it right away. It sometimes arrives at random times though. I remember a particular time I was waiting in the garage for my car to be fixed and came up with some lyrics!
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
‘The way it is’ by Bruce Hornsby. In my opinion, there’s something of everything in there. When I first heard it, I had to learn how to play it! It has poignant lyrics, a definite hook and on the original recording featured a rhythmical Piano part. It even had a Piano solo at the end, which is always satisfying for Piano players!
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
I was part of a Gospel choir at music college and we had the opportunity to perform at the Albert Hall in London for a pre Christmas show. It was also televised by the BBC so we were all a bit nervous, but the experience was amazing!
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
I know I’ve mentioned Bruce Hornsby earlier, but I reckon that would be something special for me. He would play and I would sing, or vice versa if he was ok with that!
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
As I have worked with quite a few guitarists over the years, it would be great to work with the singer songwriter/guitarist John Mayer.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?”
To be a household name of course? No, seriously, featuring music in my life. I reckon I will still be composing music, writing songs, performing and collaborating with others. I am definitely looking forward to opportunities that it may bring on the way.
Marcus C Dolan's new single 'Ready To Believe' is available to stream now. Check it out below.