with Demo Taped

Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

$12 / $15



Songbyrd Presents

Sunday May 6, 2018


Less than a year ago, Mark published her first song on SoundCloud. “Space,” which makes an appearance on her debut EP 3.33am, gained a lot of buzz and caught the ear of Beats 1’s Zane Lowe. Hypnotic claps lead off the single as orb-like synth effects radiate out from her vocals. “I know it is hard to comprehend, why won’t you let me be in my head,” Mark sings, referring to an instance where her sister wouldn’t leave her alone. The all-too-familiar irritating sibling scenario is easy to visualize.

Mark lives in New York City with her godparents and sister. She wrote 3.33am, out today, in her bedroom, before recording it in SoHo and flying to London for its final mix. She’d find solace in New York City’s sedated nights. The title refers to Mark’s nocturnal writing state. “I was living with my godparents. We all live in separate apartments but we were always in and out of each other’s apartments like one big house in the city. I liked to write at night because I felt the most alone.”

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where Mark’s music fits in the basic music canon. “I don’t know, you have to tell me what you think it is! My sister told me ‘tribal soul’ and I’m like, ‘Alright, I’m gonna stick to that. I like that.’” When discussing specific artists she emphasizes personal longevity, which for her means Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Sade, and A Tribe Called Quest. “They’re like the number one hip-hop group always and forever in my eyes and ears. There’s also this artist Prem Joshua who is not really well-known in the US. He’s a German guy who I guess also fell in love with India and Indian musicianship and all that.” She says Joshua’s “psychedelic Indian music” had a huge impact on her new EP.