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Daily Inspiration: Meet Mark Lux

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Lux.

Hi Mark, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
When I was growing up music was always vital to my daily life, looking back on it all I did was listen to music. It kept me happy as a kid and helped me get my mind off things that were going on around me. My interest for actually making music grew when I was in high school. My friend Elijah was rapping at the time and I went with him to the studio one day and we ended up making my first song together, and that’s when I got hooked to the creative process of making a song.

At this time, I was taking sports very serious and that was my primary focus at the time but something told me to just keep making music here and there so that’s what I did. A couple of months later, I released my first single “F**k the Function” up that got a little buzz at my school and in the surrounding areas, it was a nice little party song and that was the first time I actually realized that I have the talent to make an actual good song.

Time started to go by and I end up getting a football scholarship to play at a NAIA in Kansas, so I decided to put music to the side.

When I got to Kansas the first year, it was immediately rough for me. Adjusting to their culture wasn’t for me. I ended up getting suspended from the team my first year getting into fights with coaches and when I was given a second chance to redeem myself the next year, I tore my meniscus. So at this point, depression and anxiety hit me for the first time severely in my life. My whole life, I thought I was going to make something of myself through sports and now my dreams that I had as a kid were now gone.

Going to Kansas for those two years shaped me to who I am entirely today. Being in a dorm room by myself away from all my friends and family was the first time I ever had time to actually think about who I am as a person.

Music was the only thing that helped keep my sanity while going through all these emotions and one day it just clicked for me, I told myself I need to pursue this. I knew I had the talent and I wanted to do what music has done for me for other people, which is just help their daily life. So I packed up my bags moved back to Cali and Kansas never saw my face again.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I understood chasing a rap career was going to be difficult, especially the route I was going. My style of rap music I make likes to be boxed in as “conscious rap” so I knew it would be difficult for my music to pick as fast as the music being tossed around today, but I’m ok with that. I’d rather take my time and make music that can last forever instead of things that are just appreciated for a certain moment.

My main focus in making music is to simply be as great and unique as possible. Music has done too much for me to not stay true and respect the art of it. I own it that much.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
The way I create music is very authentic and it always comes from a real place, sometimes it really frustrates me because there are times I really have the urge to create but can never put the right words together because I haven’t experienced enough life to speak on that certain topic yet if that makes sense. When I lack inspiration, there are times I will go outside and just watch people live their daily lives at a park or beach or something and just study their emotions during certain scenarios and situations. When I do this, I tend to understand life better and it always reminds me that we are all different from many different parts of life and it makes me realize that I have to make music that touches all those bases and never neglect a certain type of people.

I’d say I mainly know for just simply keeping it real in my music. I feel like I’m one of the few artists in my area/community thats actually making music that can relate to everybody. The crazy thing is is that I’m not even doing anything that special I’m just doing something that we are all supposed to do but a lot of people are scared to do and thats simply just being themselves. It’s hard for people to look in the mirror and put their truth out there and I understand thats hard to do, but I told myself if I’m going to do this, I’m going to give all of me cause what’s the point of doing this if I can’t impact lives off my story.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
All glory to God first of all, without him I wouldn’t even have the strength to keep creating music honestly. Secondly, my mother for always believing in me when I never even believed in myself.

I also appreciate all the homies that push me to be the best version of me. I keep a real tight circle and I can truly and proudly say my homies want to see me win. They support me to the fullest and my hardest critics.

Also, special s/o to my manager/business partner Dhyaan Patel. He helps my visions truly come to life with his creative direction and will never let me settle for anything mediocre. He’s going to keep it one hundred with me and always tell me the real without sparing any feelings, he’ll tell me to my face that the song I just made wasn’t good enough and I take that as fuel for the next track I create. We sharpen each other’s swords and we find ourselves getting better every single day and I’m just grateful to have someone like that by my side on this journey.

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Photographers: First 4 photos-Dhyaan Patel last photo – Uche Nlemuwa

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