Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I always talk about one music teacher who inspired me so deeply. I was a very shy and insecure teenager, performing and making music for me was very scary. One night, after one of my first live performances, this music teacher came to talk to me. He was usually very cheerful and funny, but that time he looked at me straight in the eyes with the most serious face I've ever seen and said: "Kid, you have a gift. And it's a gift that not many people have. So you better nurture it, because if you don't, it'll be a huge waste". he just said that then walked away. I'm never going to forget that moment. I remember going home right after, and thinking for the very first time "I can do this, I can do this for real".
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
One night a guy came to me before the show and told me: "Not to put any pressure on you, but I was born deaf, and I recently had a procedure that recovered my hearing, so tonight it's the first time in my life that I hear live music, and you will be the first person I ever hear singing". That was so crazy, I was honored and at the same time absolutely terrified!
What has been the high point of your music path?
I consider winning my scholarship for Berklee College of Music one of my highest point in my music path, not only for the prestige of the institution, but because it allowed me to move to the United States, which was my dream since I was very young. That prize made it possible for me to make music and be an artist in America for the past 10 years, it changed my life and career completely, in a way that goes beyond attending the college.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It really depends. Sometimes I write lyrics and then I try to turn them into a song. Other times I just sit at the piano, play some chords, let the inspiration take over and improvise a melody over them. Other times, it's as easy as walking in the street, humming a melody and recording it on a voice memo on my phone, then developing it after. My favorite thing is when these three things combine; for example, I have a chord progression with no melody, then I go through my voice memos, and I find a melody that fits perfectly on it, and then I find some lyrics that fit on that melody, even though the three of them were written in different moments. That's like magic to me!
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
For me the biggest challenge for independent artists today is having to take care of so many aspects of their career, beyond making music. We are our own managers, booking agents, social media experts, video editors, photographers, promoters, etc. All this extra work takes so much time away from the creative process, which should be the number one priority. Definitely I wish that the industry would invest more on indie artists, especially considering how big the indie scenes are. It's absurd that we have to struggle so much to do our job with such little revenue, when a little help could definitely change our careers and have everyone profiting.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
One of my favorite bands is Counting Crows. Their music inspired me so much especially in my 20's and I definitely would not be the songwriter that I am if it wasn't for them. I always had a dream about singing a song with them one day!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
For me it's all about the chemistry with the musicians. Usually the people that play with me are not only amazing players but great friends. The rehearsal is all about creating and reinforcing the strong connection between us, and also letting the musicians be free to add new elements to my songs.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Definitely "Anarchy in Heaven". I wrote it the same day that a very important person in my life died. That day was so hard to process that the only way to not go crazy was writing down my thoughts. I added the music after, and it took me years to be able to record it, release it, and to feel confident enough to sing it live. Every single time I went back to it, I asked myself if it was right to do it, if it wasn't too personal, if I wanted to expose my feelings so much. I thought people would have not liked it or understood it, and in the end it turned out to be a crowd favorite, and one of my best vocal performances on a recording. Another lesson learned about the fact that showing honesty and vulnerability always pays off.
What's coming up in the future?
I'm working on new songs, mostly in the same acoustic, indie-folk style that I used recently but also experimenting with new sounds. You might hear something a little more pop too! And definitely you'll see me perform live more, especially in New York City. I missed performing live so much, and now that live music is fully back, I seriously can't wait to be on stage again!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Perfect Mark
Perfect Mark is the musical project of Italian singer songwriter Marco Perfetti. From the mountains of Tuscany, to the New York City skyscrapers, via Boston, Perfect Mark's music is made of acoustic arrangements, rich dynamics vocals, and deep lyrics. Marco started his career in Italy, performing for several years in various bands, exploring different genres, from pop, to classic rock, rock-blues and R&B, and acoustic duos and trios.
In 2009 he was one of the winners of the prestigious Tour Music Fest (the biggest European competition for independent artists). After winning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Marco moved to the states in 2012 and Perfect Mark was formed. The first album "Flesh & Voice", features Marco’s original songs arranged and recorded with the collaboration of international musicians coming from Brazil, Korea, United States, Italy and Portugal.
After countless national and international performances, Perfect Mark shifted from an alternative-rock sound to a more intimate, acoustic, indie folk style. The new sound was introduced with the powerful ballad "Bed of Waves," winner of the 2020 International Acoustic Music Awards, in the "AAA/Alternative" category.