Being described as ‘Billy Bragg in a k hole’ is certainly an striking summation of someone’s art, to say the least. But it doesn’t capture the complex and dark sounds of Mark Hex’s music. We caught up with him recently to discover more and the man and his works.
What made you want to get into music?
I’m not really sure, I can’t describe it. I guess there’s a feeling you have something to say. So many times, I feel I’ve had enough, and I feel too old, but something drags me back in.
What inspires you to write?
Anger and frustration usually. Ha Ha!
What has been the biggest challenge in your musical career so far?
The writing process is not something I enjoy.
When will you feel like you’ve achieved musical success?
Just by doing something I have already been successful in my mind.
What was the last album or piece of music you listened to?
Arab Strap- Elephant Shoe.
If you could support any band or musician, who would it be and why?
I’m not sure I’d want to support any band that I like. Never meet your heroes and all that. Never have heroes would be better, I guess.
What other acts do we need to be checking out right now?
There are some great bands out there right now, especially in South London. Italia ’90, Scrounge and PaddywaK to name just a few. In Walthamstow, there’s also a great band called Cowboy Flying Saucer who are a wonderful mish mash of grooves, sounds and noise.
Is the current lockdown impacting you musically?
I haven’t done a thing in terms of my own noise, but I have played a lot of DJ gigs. 14 weeks ago, I had no idea what Twitch was, now I’m on every week.
What would you change about the music industry?
More or less everything. The industry is a pit of hell. Stick outwith the industry as much as possible and you’re on the right track. Support decent venues like the Windmill Brixton and Electrowerkz, avoid careerists like the plague. Even bands have entitlement status these days, thinking they have a divine right to make a career out of music. Depressing.
Cassettes, CD, Vinyl, download, or stream – which do you prefer?
Definitely records. Although I always end up scratching them! So, CDs are probably better for me. However, usually I listen through streams.
What’s next on the horizon for you in terms of music and DJing?
I dunno. Most gigs I had this year are cancelled. I’d really like to get back to DJing at Slimelight though as I’ve missed that. I’d also like to make a new EP with Mark Estall of Marketstall Recording.
You can find more music from Mark Hex on his Bandcamp page.