About Marcus Mack
Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Marcus Mack (known as Maam) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music producer based in Los Angeles. His childhood introduction to music was tinkering with keyboards, cassette decks, and drum machines to write songs. As a teenager, Maam began his formal music education taking private drum instruction and learning performance techniques playing drums for several local churches. He further honed his skills at Berklee College of Music, where he studied film scoring, began learning organ, and switched his primary instrument to piano. In January of 2019, Maam wrote his first film score for an indie drama entitled “Where We Begin” which was digitally distributed via Amazon Prime, Google Play, Apple TV and YouTube movies in May of 2020. His latest film score is an indie sci-fi thriller entitled “Tethered” currently in the final phase of post-production. Maam is currently working on his sophomore album entitled Whatever Gods, an adaptation of the poem Invictus, set to release this summer under Sonder House Music.
Marcus has this to say about teaching and learning: “Music is all around us, in the noise of the refrigerator hum, the vacuum cleaner, the car horn, and even in regular human speech. These musical ideas such as melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, pitch exist in our everyday spaces and interactions with the world whether it be direct classifiable music, sound, and/or noise. However, these musical ideas also exist as a thinking modality, as a logic that helps us learn how to improvise, to adapt, to change, and grow, whether that’s in the confines of music itself or in life in general. Teaching and creating music isn’t just about musical literacy or improving performance, it’s about developing social/emotional intelligence, it’s about learning new ways of thinking/being, it’s about creating a space that fosters curiosity, self awareness, and introspection. I concretely believe [in] utilizing music as a tool to help others and myself explore all of the richness and diversity life has to offer.”