Marcus Collins Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I realised at a young age that I needed to do something I was passionate about and could do every single day because I couldn’t focus on things I found uninspiring. Music became a serious career choice when I started earning money as a song writer in my late teens. I worked with a producer called Jorg in Liverpool and we wrote a number of songs which were bought and sold to record labels like all around the world and ministry of sound.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
Anyone who can find themselves in any genre is a superstar to me. I’m inspired by Beyoncé. Her attention to detail and dedication is infectious. I love stevie wonder and billy porter and Cynthia Erivo.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I’m an introverted extrovert,
I despise cauliflower
I’m not a power bottom.
What song best describes you and why?
Love is on the way is a beautiful song By Billy Porter and always makes me stop whatever I’m doing to tap in to the story within the melody. I’ve always felt a gap in my construction where my fathers love should have been and it really humbles me.
Out of all the things you have done since your time on the X factor what would your highlights be and can you give us a rundown on the things you have done?
Wow so I’ve done my own UK tour with my band which I adored, I wrote and released an album and 2 singles! I performed at the royal Albert hall for the royal family, then worked with a show in Asia which was eye opening. I then toured the UK in a musical (Hairspray) then got to make my west end debut my dream role In Kinkyboots. Then spent 7 months in America and Canada performing with an a capella beatbox show. I’ve just finished a 7 month uk/European tour of Hair the musical. Kinkyboots has been my highlight to date.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would like to achieve in the future?
Truly, making it to the west end has been my biggest achievement. I worked really hard for that role and it paid off.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
On kinkyboots I once was having a laugh with one of the cast in a quick change and we were preparing for the HUGE finalè number where our costumes are revealed and we are ‘transformed’ in to beautifully turned out drag queens... I stepped on stage
completely forgot I had a Burger King paper crown on top of my wig. Whipped it off in a flash and pranced the run way haha so shameful.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
Travel and connecting with the material. We are glorified story tellers
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
Hairdressing making wigs listening to music all day every day. My own boss.
What can you remember from your time on the X factor show and behind the scenes and if you could have changed the experience what would you have changed?
It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Lots of emptiness and confusion when I look back. I remember being exhausted and overwhelmed nearly all the time. I couldn’t change anything about it. Everything happens for a reason. It’s the reason I said no when they invited me back for the all stars series. Never again.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
Beyoncé on the run 2 in Paris with my boyfriend It was everything I’ve ever wanted and more.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Don’t read the comments -
When someone shows you who they are, believe them first time.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
Walk my dog and spend quality time with my god children and family
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
Streaming has changed the game but it’s all working towards artists earning less so it’s not great. The exposure the internet can command is impressive but also dangerous if in the wrong hands
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
It used to be 100% I now think it’s 50% the talented under dog is the new black
Can you tell us about any tattoos have and the significance of them to you?
They all have a meaning. Mostly spiritual messages. I have script on my ribs saying
A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves a thousand moments of regret
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I would ensure men and women were paid equally across the board and make it so anyone of any ethnicity and do any job and play any role.
What would your ideal day consist of?
Dogs- beach - cocktails and good company
How would you answer the questions who is Marcus Collins and what are the differences between you on stage and you away from music ?
Wow this is deep! Ok Marcus Collins was a brand that I never truly understood or was allowed to be authentic in. The person writing this reply is just Marcus. Happy and content after seeing behind the celeb curtain I no longer strive for profile or getting in with the big people. It lost it’s allure and appeal.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
Spice girls. On CASSETTE!! That’s how old I Am! Iconic
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the
music industry and would you give reality TV as an option?
I’d say the elevator to success is broken. Take the stairs.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
I would choose Sam Sparro or Jade Thirlwall as I’ve always wanted to work with them both and I think we have a moral understanding which would translate to music beautifully.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
I’m every woman! It’s just a BOP every time I hear the string intro my fanny flutters. Play it and you’ll know what I mean.
What things make you uncomfortable?
Tucking. People chewing with their mouth open. Poor hygiene. Intolerance of other people. White privilege
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
EVERYTHING! I’ve already started. Friends tell me all the time I should write one as my stories are outrageous but it’s just a few pages so far.
What are you up to at the moment and what has the rest of the year go in store for you?
I am currently settling in to my new home in the north west and enjoying family time, few gigs with my live band which fills my love tank beautifully then heading up to Newcastle for Xmas work and spending quality time with my Geordie family x