How did you get started? Tell us everything!
I’m Marqthemilkman. I’m from Atlanta, GA. I grew up listening to a lot of 90’s hip hop and R&B but as I got older, I started to diverge and I got into artists like X, Uzi, Playboi Carti, and Travis Scott. I started making music when I was 16. Me and Playboi Carti went to the same high school he was one of my inspirations even though he graduated before I got there. He was a symbol that it could be done. I use music as a form of expression and art. I’m a performative type of person, the type that loves to create so other people can enjoy it. I started taking music seriously when I went to college and started working on my first project, “The Jersey Devil.” When I saw how well that did for me to be such a small artist, I began to believe more and more in myself, and now my dreams and goals are larger than life. I can say the biggest moment for me so far was when I surpassed 10K streams overall. It was a huge moment of validation and relief, I finally felt like I could do something right after a lifetime of being told that I’m not good enough. Music for me is something to prove a point. I have a chip on my shoulder, and I want to prove every doubter wrong. I want to inspire kids who’ve experienced something similar that they can do whatever they apply themselves to. Anything is possible, you have to believe in yourself.
What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, YouTube, etc.)?
All my experience is self-taught. I learned a lot of what I know from watching my friends that make music as well as YouTube and reading article upon article to try and figure out what to do. I feel like when you learn and have some guidance it’s easier to forge your own path.
What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?
I’ve worked with 404Speedy, Y4NG, my guys from Philly Lil Sprout and Dro, and my best friend Caelum.
Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
My biggest influences have definitely been Travis and Carti. Others are Xxxtentacion, Lil Uzi, Asap Rocky, Don Toliver, Future, Quavo, Kurt Cobain. More recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Pop Smoke and Gunna, even Nav
What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?
The biggest challenge for me has been marketing, getting my name out there. I know there’s no quick path to success though, so I’m being patient. I want to be heard by millions, and I understand it’s a process. Every day I learn how to market and promote myself, one step at a time.
How would you describe your sound and style?
Describing my style is kind of difficult. I draw influence from so many different things. The best way I can explain it is this: imagine if Lil Uzi and Asap Rocky had a love child that was into Travis Scott. That’s me!
What are some of your goals this year?
By the end of the year, I want to have finished the project I’m working on now, called ‘OMENS’, grow my supporters twofold, and do some more features with artists that I’ll meet before the end of the year!
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
I would love to work with Travis Scott, Kodie Shane, and Polo G
What is your creative process like?
When I’m working, I set the beat and stuff up, play it back, and try and catch a flow. Sometimes the first isn’t always the best but it’s good to record it just to get a start. I work from there. Most of the time I freestyle.
What’s your favorite go-to order? (food-wise)
A Chalupa from Taco Bell will make my day.