We had the good fortune of connecting with Marques Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marques, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I am naturally a workaholic and a perfectionist. Though I do appreciate this about my working style, I have notice that it can make my productivity less efficient. The overload of work hours leads to fatigue and burn out. The perfectionist side of my approach leads me to never feel like the job is done.
This year, I have tried to be more proactive at setting timelines and making sure I balance my work schedule with leisure activities. Though I haven’t perfected this yet, I do fine that my work is better and I am generally happier with my progress. Furthermore, I am able to spend time on other things that actually help me stay fresh. Its still a ‘work in progress” But I do see the improvement.
Lastly, I am much better at delegating tasks to others so that I have more time to focus on other aspects on my goals. This overall, has created a much more balanced flow to my work week.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art currently consists of music creation and performance. I believe what sets me apart is my ability to perform many different styles of music with an emphasis on classical music. The music I create is primarily R&B, however having a very extensive background in performing symphonic repertoire regularly, it helps me to explore very interesting textures and sounds that I feel are unique.
I arrived to this point through diligent training and simply loving and learning from all types of music. Music can painted against a variety of canvasses. I enjoy exploring how I can use my influences to create something I would consider “original.” I always I wasn’t fully utilising my musical voice until I started to understand how lean more on my influences and less on my education.
I hope I can create music that inspires me . Of course, I can’t dictate how someone else will feel when they hear what inspires me, but I can always trust the my attempts are honest and genuine.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to be open and always listen.
I think that always having an open mind about music is something I would want people to know about me. As I mentioned, it’s been such an important aspect of my journey. There have been so many amazing records that I have grown to love but couldn’t comprehend at first listen. I use to toss those records aside. However, after some great conversations with mentors and students, I realise I don’t want to miss out on the enjoyment of some great music ever! AND if some aspects of the music don’t particular resonate with me at that moment, perhaps finding something within the music that can helps me keep expanding my ears.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well…Kuala Lumpur is a rich city of taste, sounds and sights. I would first take them for to try some of the amazing food. There so much great food in this city, the week won’t be long enough to cover it! We would have to start with some of the staple local cuisines, such as, nasi lemak ayam goreng, kuey teow or roti canai. These a great introduction especially if you go to the right spot. Village Park is one of my personal favorites for Nasi Lemak. We can start there.
For drinks, I think Piscos would be a good. Consistently great atmosphere, Drinks are good and the music is nice for a night out.
For places to hang out, we would hit this spot called Fono. They do really hip music nights featuring interesting DJ sets and occasional live performances. There’s always an interesting crowd there as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I feel like everyone in my circle deserves a shout because they’re all important. However if I must use this time to shout a singular person, I would shout out my sound engineer , Rowen Nirmal. His dedication and amazing communication skills have provided an amazing dynamic in my team. Furthermore, he is very genuine and wants to serve the project with the utmost integrity. Having someone like that in the team is always a bonus.