Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcus Buser.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in a small town in the mountains about an hour east of Seattle. My dad is a small town professional guitarist, teaching at the local college and playing a few steady gigs around the area. We had a family band that played gospel music at different churches in our home town. We ended up winning some competitions and got to play on local tv as well as some big halls in Seattle. This was all between the ages of about 6 and 13, so by the time I was in high school I was already comfortable singing and performing on multiple instruments. I started playing in rock bands in the city, while simultaneously studying jazz and classical music. I ended up studying jazz at Cal Arts in Santa Clarita and moved to Highland Park after college. Once I moved to the city started playing around town in a mess of different bands ranging in styles from bluegrass to synth pop. At first, it was always stressful trying to hustle for gigs and make enough money. But over the last two years, it’s been really rewarding. I’ve gotten to record on some great records, play my favorite venues in LA, established some steady residencies playing jazz, and tour national playing concerts and festivals including SXSW and Lollapalooza.
Has it been a smooth road?
Making music often takes a lot of front-loaded work with delayed payoff. If you wanna be good musician you have to practice hours a day but it’s hard to do that when your not making any money. But if you get another job you don’t have time to practice or hustle for gigs. It’s a catch 22 for anyone who isn’t independently wealthy. When I first got out of school, I really struggled to make ends meet and still have time to make music, especially with high cost of living in LA and ruthless monthly student loan payments. Still to this day, I’ll have months that are much leaner than others. But I have been extremely lucky in meeting a great community of artists that help each other build things together. If it weren’t for my friends and collaborators I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to continue down this path and make living making music.
What else should our readers know?
I play bass for different musicians around town, on records and tours. I’m well versed in a wide variety of styles from country, to rock and hip hop, but my first love will always be jazz. I also make my own original music. Some of which I’ve released with my rock band Bird Concerns. Some new original music is also set to be released this summer under my own name.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I’m not sure what the future holds but I can tell you that Los Angeles is the best city to make music in right now. There is so many amazing musicians living in LA right now and the community is vibrant and strong. I hope that whatever is coming we see that trend to continue to grow.
- Email: MarcusBuserMusic@gmail.com
- Instagram: @marcusbuser
Pete Aragaan (photo sitting with Double Bass), Fiona Casino (photo singing with Electric Bass), Kaia D’abora (photo holding electric bass in purple light)