Indie artist Mark Zhu is our best discovery of the day. If you are looking for a unique musical journey to start the day on the right feet, you need to press play on his latest gift, a beautiful song entitled “Ocean Air”.
“Ocean Air” is a gem rocked by a haunting acoustic guitar, an appealing vocal performance, and a touch of spirituality.
The track is infectious from start to finish and will transport you into a pleasant moment, full of extraordinary melodies:
1.Tell us about your new song? And what’s the story behind it?
My single “Ocean Air” is about a past lover and how they’re always on your mind. The story takes place in a dream at a beach at dusk. You remember the walks on the beach with your lover and the tranquil ocean memories you shared. These “sunset dreams” you’re having make you even more miserable, but you can’t resist reliving those moments. The song starts with guitar and vocals and is later joined by ethereal harmonies, a lo-fi drum beat, and telephone vocals.
2.What makes your music unique? And how would you describe it?
My music is unique due to a combination of many styles and inspirations. I fell in love with Billie Eilish’s ethereal vocals and Conan Gray’s indie vibes, so I incorporate those styles into my music. I’m also a big fan of Keshi and BTS. Three words that would describe my music are relatable, soothing, and mysterious.
3.Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?
The best moment in my music career is not related to songwriting but is when I got to perform on piano at Carnegie Hall, NYC. At 12 years old I performed at the 2018 American Protégé International Piano and Strings winners’ recital at Carnegie Hall, and in 2019, after winning first prize in the Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition, I performed at Carnegie Hall a second time.
4.How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends or work?
I am still in high school; however, I can still find time to make art. In the little amount of time I have in between classes and during breaks, I form short melodies and lyrics. When I have more time, I piece them together to form whole songs.
5.What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
To all inspiring musicians: Record and keep track of everything. Organize your files. Don’t intentionally hurt yourself just to tell a story; It’ll come naturally. Be nice. Work hard.
6.If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
I love you all so much, and I hope I can meet every one of you in the future.
7.What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects?
I’m working on an EP called The Boy Who Wandered the World. I’m expecting to release it sometime in June 2021. This seven-track EP will focus on the exploration of a little boy in his dreams.