January 23, 2010 | 7:30 pm
Just some fun facts about Offspring Of Mars.
The name actually came from a keychain. I had been trying to come up with a moniker that matched the type of music I wanted to make; something spacey and trippy, but with a personal connection too. My name is Mark, and it was finally when I took a closer look at the personalized keychain that I’ve carried for years, and saw the latin origin of my name, “Offspring of Mars”. It had a name.
The martian theme obviously comes from the name, but also from a general love of Space. I am a big fan of science fiction and science fact, and the mysteries of Mars. The first man on the Moon was before my time, but it is exciting to think I could be around to see the first man on Mars. The music, too, is spacey, trippy and progressive and I think that all fits well with the martian theme.
I believe that great songs are the ones that tell a story; that take you somewhere you haven’t been before. Since I’m not what you’d call a “singer songwriter”, I tend to tell my stories instrumentally. Without lyrics advance the narrative, I rely on the music and the song’s title to communicate my ideas. I have pages of song titles, album concepts, and all manner of ideas on scraps of paper and in notebook scribblings. Sometimes I’ll start out with a title and an idea, sometimes I start with just an idea and try to come up with a suitable title later. Naming my new creation can sometimes come from perusing my dozens of song titles, and random thoughts, while listening to the work in progress and looking for something that fits. Sometimes the music can speak for itself and the perfect title just comes to me.
Being a fan of Pink Floyd I believe that a visual element added to the music can be very effective. Since I can’t afford psychedelic lighting rigs, giant brick walls or inflatable livestock, I often try to have some cool cover art to go with my songs. The skills necessary for my day job as a Digital Prepress Artist also allow me to create the psychedelic artwork that accompanies my sonic concoctions. Along with the music and the title, I use the cover art to create mini multi-media experiences.
As someone with several band bio books and music mags on his bookshelf I like to know what goes on ‘behind’ the music that I so enjoy listening to. To any like minded folks out there that have dug this deep, thanks for reading, and I hope you you enjoyed learning a little more about Offspring Of Mars. --Mark