Hi Flynn, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! Thanks for having me! – Like everyone else, I’ve found the pandemic quite challenging at times, but I’m feeling good and looking forward to the near future. It’s been a super busy year for me too, finishing my degree in lockdown wasn’t what I had planned for, but I got a 2:1 so very happy with that!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Crown”?
I wrote ‘Crown’ in my first year of university, just after moving to London.
‘Crown’ was incredibly cathartic to write, the song was inspired by the feeling of wasting/investing time into someone that you like, and although you felt it was reciprocated, later on finding out that they didn’t share the same interest. I wrote ‘Crown’ during a milestone in my life, I had just moved to South East London and was living independently at 18. ‘Crown’ definitely holds an essence of vulnerability because of that. The song speaks to the people who have experienced unrequited love.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
‘Crown’ was inspired by a number of events, both personal and speaking with the people closest to me about this. I had an experience that left me feeling quite emotionally fragile and very confused in general, and that was around the final bit of inspiration I needed to write the song!
I’ve experienced my fair share of complications when it comes to dating, but so have many other people, and I felt inspired to share my version of events so that people can hopefully relate to my feelings. Although the experiences were from a time where I was more emotionally naive, the concept of relationships, falling in love, and staying in love is a lot more problematic I suspect than it was a decade ago.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
I absolutely loved the video shoot! It was my first experience in a while being in front of a camera, but I settled into it quickly. I had an amazing team around me for the shoot, and we all worked so well as a group. We wanted the video to focus on the live performance shots, as that is where I tend to thrive as an artist and I feel that the final result perfectly captures our vision.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote ‘Crown’ at my parent’s house in France. The lyrics for the first opening line got stuck in my head, and I began writing them out instantly. The writing process came very naturally to me, and it didn’t take a lot of time to flesh out the song structure and lyrics. I wrote ‘Crown’ from a place of pain and discomfort and it felt very therapeutic expressing my emotions in the song. When I got back to London, I decided to create a demo of the song, which was in fact with a piano accompaniment originally. I recorded the final version a couple of months ago with Benjamin Totten, he’s an incredible guitarist who helped the song come to life!
What role does the UK play in your music?
I have been fortunate enough to have visited and played in different countries, but having grown up and only ever lived here, I guess my writing is always going to be UK centric, but hopefully what I write about will resonate with people wherever they are in the world, as we all go through the same kind of experiences. Thinking about it, a majority of my parent’s record collection were artists from the UK so a lot of my musical inspirations stem from the UK too.
How do you go on balancing your classical training with your much modern approach?
I always see my classical training as something that benefits me as a contemporary singer today. I have always loved popular music, so even when I was mostly singing classical songs with choirs and throughout secondary school, I always made the time to sing along to piano karaoke in my bedroom for hours on end and find my real voice as a contemporary artist. It is great to have classical training and I am grateful for that because I truly understand my voice and its capabilities.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Definitely! This is only the start for me, and I am so excited to continue releasing music. Lockdown actually gave me the time I needed to assess the material I had, and also the inspiration to write some even newer stuff. I’m currently working on an EP which I hope to release sometime in the New Year, definitely keep an eye out on my socials for some updates!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I have some titles in mind, but I haven’t fully decided which one yet!
What else is happening next in Flynn Marks’ world?
I really want to continue writing and recording material for next year, and also push myself as a songwriter on the side. Maybe a video shoot here and there?! Just gotta wait and see! But a lot of stuff is in the works and I am very excited to share with you all!