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Check out Marques Wyatt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marques Wyatt.

Marques, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I basically grew up in Santa Monica riding skateboards, horses, playing basketball, and working for my dad’s construction company in the summers. Always a big fan of music of many styles growing up with four siblings. A friend Traci Trinh I knew in High School was dj. I had a rather large record collection (for someone who wasn’t yet a DJ), so we swapped my keeping records at his house so he could use them, for him introducing me to the craft on his gear. He invited me to play an event. It went very well. He said, I think you have “IT.” I saved up, bought decks, and began to book local “mobile dj” gigs. I went to visit friends in New York. They took me clubbing, and there was my formal introduction to house music. It was on that trip my passion for djing was truly ignited. No longer just a hobby. Came back, sold horses, and abandoned the possibility of becoming a civil engineer. I had acquired some skills in business, but none of it was tethered to passion. I don’t believe in Plan B’s, so I pursued my dreams full on. To avoid this turning into a manifesto… let’s just say djing has taken me all over the world and allowed me to experience many cultures and meet the best people I could have wished for. As much as traveling has enriched my life… I’m an LA boy at heart. Anyone that knows me will echo these sentiments on my behalf. I’m all about nurturing home base first and foremost. I’ve met many beautiful people along the way that remain closed. I’ve had a lot of support, via family and others who believe in me. Also, I have experienced an absurd amount of serendipity, e.g., cosmic nods from the Universe that I’m moving in the right direction. My journey thus far has been blessed, but not without challenges. However, looking back… I’m grateful for who they allowed me to become. And so it is! ~MW

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Music is my passion and art. I play it, produce it and create experiences via djing many events, as well as producing my own with my wonderful team/family at DEEP-LA. I also see it as a platform to introduce and support other artists. As of late, it has become a vehicle to raise awareness and funds for causes we believe in (children (toy drives), animals, people in need (fire and earthquake victims, etc.) via DEEP’s philanthropic endeavor DEEP CARES. So now what we do has an even greater purpose. We’ve also added a health and wellness component in which we merge yoga and dance via our “DEEP Exhale” experience with my partner, yoga teacher Cristi Christensen. If there is one thing to know about me, it is that I’m committed to deep connection with the community. All of these roads lead to this magical place if you dive in and trust in the goodness of others.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Well today, as they say… the game has changed. Everything points back to marketing yourself or brand via social media. It has become harder for some and easier for others. So if you are not social media savvy, you should probably have someone in your corner who is. This is how most people are getting their information. Things can definitely be tougher on veteran artists who may not be as tech savvy as some newer ones. On the other hand…easier for DJs, models, yoga teachers, etc. Some people have actually been able to develop brands that may have proven more difficult without the rise of social media. I’ve gradually witnessed bands being replaced by electronic acts e,g, Coachella. You only have to look at how record labels are being run now. Artists are making money from touring and not so much actual record sales, due to illegal downloads and all that. Personally, I would love to see a healthy mix of both. What I believe could support this is by going out to discover talent (not just who’s before you on social media) and continuing to tell these stories such as you are doing. Help shine a light on those deserving but may not have gotten a break. That break can come from anywhere.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
We have a website You can also find me and/or DEEP-LA on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.




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Image Credit:

Haley Busch (Djing/Crowd Shot, Hands in the air yoga shot & Rice Picker Hat shot), Valya Karchevskaya (solo djing image- purple), Conner Coughenour (yoga rooftop image), gabriell kijauskas (Toy Drive Image)

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