Interview – Mark Sutton

I recently completed a round-up review of songs with elements of classical music in them and one of the tracks that really impressed me was Velvetine by Mark Sutton. I wanted to have a chat to find out a little more about him – read on below to find out more!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new track titled Velvetine. What can you tell us about the song and where can it be purchased?

Velvetine was fun to work on as it was my first outing with felted piano. Once I get that spark of an idea of the first chord I have to keep the momentum going. I really enjoyed creating this one. It’s very heart-warming how well received this particular track has been. It’s been featured on BBC Radio Solent too. Velvetine is available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album/EP anytime soon?

I will most likely release an album towards late spring/summer 2022 so watch this space!

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Whilst developing a tune I usually work on two pianos, felted and normal, and with an idea in my mind of what the final sound would be. Generally, I get my inspiration from playing the piano just before bedtime, record ideas on my phone, then come back to them after a few days or weeks and develop them further. Recording only happens when the song has been played many times and feels just right so I can finally let go of the tune to be released.

We hear you have your own studio! How did you build that and how is it working there as compared to other studios?

The ‘studio’ is a spare room in our house which has been adapted to fit my Kawai baby grand piano as well as the keyboard and computer screens for mixing. I enjoy the process of getting the desired sound.

Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?

Yes I do. Past Life Meditations has just been released (1st Dec 21), View From A Window comes out on the 10th December and I have four more coming out between now and spring so it’s full on!

You’re based in Dorset. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at the moment and are there any local band/artists you can recommend?

It’s a very vibrant county full of great talent. A young band called Frankie’s Dream (formerly The Manatees) are worth a watch. Great musicians.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Randy Newman has always influenced me, in particular his God’s Song track. Elton John, David Bowie, Chopin, Scott Joplin – quite an eclectic list really. Recently I’ve been listening to more of Randy Newman’s early stuff.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

No, it’s inspired me, if anything. My work is very nostalgic and that’s certainly been a feeling most people have had during the pandemic, looking at their lives in more detail.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

No… I’m not a live performer. It’s enough for me that people can download my tracks and listen to them in their own time.

Any last words for the fans?

A great big, thank you for their support. Knowing people get a lot out of listening to my work spurs me on to do more. I’m very grateful for the fantastic feedback I receive.