Eyes in the Back of My Bar: DJ Mark Grant
by Andrew Davis
This article shared 1752 times since Wed Mar 19, 2003
DJ Mark Grant has certainly been busy. Immersing himself in the Chicago house scene, he's been involved with Cajual Records and has released several critically acclaimed items, including the CD A Taste of Cajual. Now, the man who's worked at such hot spots as Red Dog is still heavily involved in music, being a DJ, remixer and entrepreneur; he's in the process of forming his own label, Blackstone Recordings.
Where you are from: Chicago
First record you ever bought: Looking for the Perfect Beat, Chinese Rap, and Get Wet by C_Bank
What kind of music you listened to while growing up: Soul/R&B classics, disco, classic rock. Those are some of my first memories.
What you listen to now: Mostly my own music, not because I'm vain, but I listen for ways to improve. Some good ideas come from regular listening (in the car, at home) that don't always come in the studio. I also listen to other house dj's and some of my musical influences, I mentioned earlier, still.
Current regular gig(s): I don't do any regular gigs, they rotate on the road. I'm on a plane responding to your questions right now, about to play in Scottsdale, Ariz., @ SOHO, the next day in Albuquerque, NM and then Valentine's Day in Santa Fe @ Swig. You can always check my website, www.djmarkgrant.com for an updated dj schedule. (Did I just PLUG website?)
Best part of your job: Being able to do grown-up things and handle grown-up responsibilities from something I've loved all my life, music. You can't beat that.
Worst part of your job: Nothing that bad considering the good parts.
Musical influence(s): No one in particular. My experiences with different genres of music are my heaviest influences. Like the ones I mentioned earlier.
The future of music: I hope it's not free downloads.
Best musical trend ever: Ummm!
Worst musical trend ever: Ummm!
Best thing about Chicago: Family and good people.
Worst thing about Chicago: Weather and bad people.
This article shared 1752 times since Wed Mar 19, 2003
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