‘You go to a mall and see 7 stores that sell the same thing. That’s the music business’: An Interview with Dan Marsh
Interview and Photos by Karan Teli
Can you imagine uprooting your entire life and moving to the other side of the world to pursue your dream? That’s exactly what artist Dan Marsh did. As we sat in Boxpark Shoreditch, with feel good songs by Steve Monite and Beyonce blasting through the speakers, Dan Marsh spoke to me about how his life and musical journey led him to this exact moment.
Were you worried about moving to London when you first decided to do it?
I had a familiarity with London itself. Being from New York City, I wanted to go to a place where it would be an easier transition. The pace in London is a lot slower.
What are some perceptions of New York City that you think are not true?
When going to NYC, chase your dream, but also be realistic. If you’re not smart with what you’re doing, you could end up on the street. You have to take opportunities, but you can’t be foolish. It’s important to understand your circumstance when chasing your goals.
The conversation then led to us talking about the main thing that brought Dan Marsh to London; music.
I’ve officially been making music for 6 years. It’s feel good music, tough to put in one category. It’s like a blend of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and R&B.
And it’s not just yourself?
We’ve got a whole team. As artists, we got so wrapped up in our own, we negate the creativity of others. I don’t have an ego. In developing a proper team, you can’t be a dictator. We all champion each other.
So what advice would you give to people who are trying to succeed in music?
Music is a business, so make sure you handle your business. Know the contract your signing; know the laws within your country when it comes to contracts and musicians. Trademark your name and get copyrights. There are sharks in this business. The same way you go to a mall and see 7 stores that sell the same thing, that’s the music business. One of my mentors told me, with over 7 billion people, there could be a million people that love what you do, you just have to find them. You don’t have to be Beyonce or Chris Brown. It’s a blessing if that happens, but you don’t need that.
What is the purpose of your music?
My music is a service for others. There is going to be consistent music that is coming out. The mission with the music is to alleviate people from feeling trauma from decisions they’ve mad or things that have happened to them in the past. I use music as a tool to connect.
On April 19th, Dan Marsh is due to release his new single; Just Friends, something he is very excited about.
We’re keeping the modern music but bringing the feeling of early 2000s. That feeling of N.E.R.D and The Neptunes. The single is a stand-alone amongst a body of work.
It’s a flavour of what’s to come?
Right. You’ll be like ‘Oh I like this, I wanna hear more.’ With the EP, you don’t hear 5 Just friends. It gives you the feeling of a full album. We pay attention to where music is going. You have to be strategic n the arrangement of the tracks nowadays. It took us 3-4 months to figure out how to deliver the project. We had 12 songs, we had to break it down from 12 to 7 and ultimately to 5.
What goals have you set yourself for this year?
To hit the road. We want our fan base to continue to grow. We want to be able to connect our fan base. We want to be able to touch all the places we have our fans. That’s our major goal.