Mark Durant was born in Pueblo Colorado and raised in Denver. When he isn’t recording new music he enjoys spending time with friends, checking out the local music venues in Denver and spending time with loved ones.
Mark purchased his 1st guitar at the age of 14. He practiced everyday after school and as time went on he was able to learn songs that were played on the radio. He was heavily influenced by the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Al Dimeola, and John McClaughlin. When he felt the time was right he started playing in bands that played cover tunes of the top rock songs. The bands played nightclubs and small venues.. While he was on the road traveling he had the opportunity during downtime to write lyrics and compose music for his own songs. When he was home Mark was able to concentrate on his own music uninterrupted.
As time went on it became apparent that traveling and playing other bands songs wasn’t the direction he wanted to continue in. He ended his relationship with the band so he could work on his own original music.
In the early 2000’s Mark started writing and composing in a different direction away from rock. This new direction for him produced his first Instrumental Jazz / Fusion Album, “Blue’s After Midnight “in 2003. Since then he has released 3 additional albums, 2 of which “Polynesian Funk and Oriental Jazz”, and “Imagining” have won awards as best Jazz albums. The 3rd album “Movement in Time” produced an award for a single song “Just for Now”. Some of Marks other songs, from these albums have enjoyed airplay on I-Tunes radio, Indie Music Channel, and the College Underground radio channel, “Something Whispers”, and “Imagining”, and “Just for Now” .All Albums are currently available on I-Tunes, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, Amazon, Etc.
Currently Mark is in the beginning stages of recording his newest album which is scheduled to be released in 2020.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Jazz/ Fusion/ Blues. My music touches in Jazz, Classical, Rock and Blues with a Guitar Lead.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Currently working on a new album to be released in 2020.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
To create and write songs that are enjoyable to the listener. To receive as much exposure as possible for my artistry.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
"Polynesian Funk" The song has a great groove and is a great way to start a show.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
With a vast array of musical genres I feel that the listeners may have too much to choose from.. There is great music in all genres I just feel that a lot gets lost in the shuffle.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Difficult to say that there is only one songwriting process. Sometimes a tune is worked out in a Jam Session or just doodling on my guitar or keyboard.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media has influenced my career immensely thru Reverbnation, Facebook. I have met and gotten connections with friends and industry professionals. College Underground Radio has played several of my songs throughout the years. which I am grateful for.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Jeff Beck- Hammerhead, Al Di Meola- Kiss My Axe, Alvin Lee- The Bluest Blues,
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I was a Management Consultant
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Never Give Up On The Dream
How Do You Feel About Originality?
For me originality is of the paramount. If you are not original in your approach you probably will not succeed.