Marcus Mud & Quaide are a creative Hip-Hop duo from Houston, Texas and have recently completed a full feature interview for Essential Pop. It was great learning about what Marcus Mud & Quaide are currently working on, their musical background and what they’re hoping to achieve for the rest of 2011. Read on and enjoy!
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or number of genres what would it be?
A hybrid of Hip-Hop/Rock/R&B with a smidge of Funk
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Diverse, Spontaneous, Layered, Dynamic, Riveting, Passionate, Non-Conforming, Different, Unique, Abstract, Peculiar, Conscious, Witty, Charming, Magnetic, Intense, Vibrant, Empowering, Charismatic
Q: What is your musical background?
Quaide: I started out singing in the church choir, learned the basics on how to play the piano, then bought my first guitar when I was twelve years old. I learned to play by ear while taking a few lessons under an blues legend in the area named Mr. Mullins. In 2000 I released my first hip-hop CD titled “Ways Of The World” with an close partner of mine Keith Cole.
Marcus Mud: My beginning was watching Yo MTV Raps and immulating my favorite artist. I began purchasing equipment and accumulated enough for a small studio in my bedroom. I learned how to make tracks and began entering local talent shows. I’ve released an number of CD’s within Houston’s underground rap scene. The most notable is the material I did with the group RedRum.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
It was great. Toured the local circuit, met a lot of supportive musicians and people in general. Networked with DJ’s and online radio stations ona national and international scale and continued to create new material in the process.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Quaide: Prince’s early material constantly kept me in awe and wanting to learn how to play it. Seal ‘s ability to write about life struggles so eloquently really touched me and Tupac gave it to you straight with no chaser.
Marcus Mud: Michael Jackson to me was more than an entertainer, he broke down barriers. He brought nations together with music. I don’t know if you remember The D.O.C, one of Dr. Dre’s first protégés, he got the ball rolling for me but his career took an tragic turn after an car accident.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
I wouldn’t say we look up to anyone but success breeds success. We admire people who stick it out and are now doin thangs.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
No one in particular right now. Our focus is growing artistically and creating quality production but if the opportunity presents itself to work with one of the greats we’ll be their.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
I don’t have an ipod but I was checkin out Rick Ross and Katy Perry’s CD, what extremes right. Lol Those two stood out to me from beginning to end. I was impressed with the songwriting and production.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
It really varies, sometime we’ll have a title or topic for an song and go from their. Other times I’ll have a chord progression and Marcus will create the drum track then we write or Marcus will have an track he has done then I’ll fill in with guitar.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
It goes hand in hand. The melody is what initially grabs their attention but the lyrics is what keeps them from changing the station.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Houston has an diverse culture country, rock, hip-hop, blues, and folk. Depending on your taste of music you can pretty much find what your looking for. We hit a folk open mic night once unknowingly a club called the Mucky Duck and had to change our whole format and perform acoustic style. Turned out better than we expected.
Q: What are you currently working on?
We shot a video a couple of weeks ago called “The System of Rhythm”. Right now where in the process of promoting that and we entered it into a contest Oprah is sponsoring called Born to Perform. It’s doing real well. Right now where in 2nd place. Expanding our fan base is high on our priority list as well.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Flexin’ our creative muscles on the collaborations and learning more about the business.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Taking it to the next level. Get a few singles in rotation and make more videos. Open for an established artist to get our name out their while working on new material. We really like the live band atmosphere as opposed to handing a DJ our CD of our pre-recorded music and playing over it. It gives you more room to improvise. So adding another guitarist, a bass player, and a drummer that is feeling us .
Q: What do you do to relax?
Watch good movies, take long walks, and read something enlightening. Marcus dog Stoney just had pups so she’s keeping his hands full. lol
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Potential is limitless. Let no one tell you can’t do this or you can’t do that. Pursue and make real your ideals and desires. If this is really what you want to do be passionate about it and remain patient.
Editor’s Note: Marcus Mud & Quaide have a unique insight into creating hip-hop, which is both engaging and has commercial potential. We’re looking forward to their sound developing further over the coming months.
If you’d like to contact or learn more about Marcus Mud & Quaide just follow the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/vglover1109
facebook link: http://ning.it/ityKqH
myspace link: http://myspace.com/versalclique
web page link: http://ning.it/iEp17t
reverbnation link: http://ning.it/iEp17t
Youtube embeds: http://ning.it/er7ycF
Anything else: For a copy our 15 track CD “Rock the World” visit: http://marcusmud.believeband.com/. Thanks for having us.