Interview with Mark
Q: How would you describe your stage presence/persona?
Mark: Ever evolving. In the beginning I was kind of hyper and probably a little annoying. Over the years, I have toned it down but still have moments of ridiculous insanity. Who knows what’s to come.
Q: What are some interesting things about your background that people might be surprised to hear?
Mark: I studied voice in college and was planning to pursue a career as an Opera singer before we formed Tonic Sol-fa. Upon graduating from college, I was employed simultaneously as a stock boy/sales associate for a music store, a grunt for a convention services company and a baritone for a struggling a cappella group.
Q: Why do you do what you do for a living?
Mark: I love good a cappella music! After hearing the Nylons and Take 6 in high school, I was hooked. I dreamed of being a part of a successful vocal group but never imagined at the time that it would come true.
Q: What strengths do you bring to the group?
Mark: I’m an above average techie and a relentless roadie. I love to delve into new software (audio, video, accounting and otherwise) and find creative ways to use the technology to our benefit. I also enjoy solving technical problems that arise on and off the road. And, I don’t mind schlepping gear when necessary.
Q: What is your defining quote, or statement that would define who you are, or that helps people know you better?
Mark: I bring a fair share to the table, but often think of a quote I heard somewhere along the way, “In order to improve and succeed, you must surround yourself with individuals who are smarter, better, faster, stronger and wiser than yourself.” I’m the guy in the middle.
Q: What is your favorite movie quote?
Mark: Any one-liner delivered by Nicolas Cage.
Q: What do you do on your day off?
Mark: Take my family to the park, the zoo, an ice rink, the pool, a museum, the movies or just simply relax at home.