Mark Bryan is an extremely busy man and has been growing the South Carolina local music scene one musician at a time. I was given the opportunity to ask him a couple of questions about life after Hootie and all the amazing things he has been doing for all of us musically in the Charleston area.
The album is titled “Songs of the Fortnight” which was the name of your blog. As it relates to the album, is there a more symbolic meaning? I sense a correlation between “love” and “time”?
The blog was not plural as I was only featuring one track every two weeks, so I added the “s” to “Songs” for the album. There is definitely an unintended theme of trying to discover real love, not just romantic love, on this album, but it takes a lot longer than two weeks. In fact I’m still searching. Stay tuned for more…
As for your blog, it was extremely loved. Is there a chance it will continue or resurface in the future under different conditions?
Thanks. It worked well at the time (August, 2010 – August, 2013) because I was writing, recording, producing, and performing on other’s recordings, and it gave me an outlet for all of that material. In 2013, I took the job as Artist in Residence for College of Charleston’s Music Industry Concentration, and Charles Carmody started managing the Music Hall, which allowed us to move forward with the TV show concept of Live at the Charleston Music Hall. There hasn’t been as much studio time since then. Ironically, the last Fortnight feature was Stop Light Observations, “Circadian Rhythms (Dusk)”.
You have been nothing less than gracious and generous when it comes to supporting music and new artists in Charleston and South Carolina. How does it feel to help create and shape a local music scene in such a way?
I just hear and see so much raw talent in this scene, and then I go to other towns and realize that Charleston is pretty special. Slowly but surely there is a foundation building to support the great music that is emerging from here. It’s happening organically, and programs like the one I’m involved with at College of Charleston can only strengthen it’s future.
Do you have a wish or goal for the music community (scene) in South Carolina? Or where do you see the future of South Carolinas music industry?
I would like to see an artistic-minded infrastructure take place over the next decade. We have nice studios, and gorgeous venues (minus a mid-size club downtown), but there is space to be filled here when it comes to Artist Management, Booking Agencies, Music Publishing, and Distribution Platforms (notice I didn’t say record labels). Who knows? Maybe the next and best Music Streaming business model comes from Charleston…
You obviously have a love of music, where does that passion stem from?
I have no idea, but it has lit me on fire since I can remember. One pivotal moment was hearing “My Generation” (which is essentially the first punk rock song ever: “I hope I die before I get old”) for the first time on King Biscuit Flower Hour. I remember feeling an energy spike that I hadn’t ever felt before, and I can only get it again when I’m onstage, or when I am involved with a great recording. I’m like an adrenaline junkie and rock and roll is my only fix.
Final question-What is your favorite moment on the album?
Man these are great questions. It’s probably a tie between the bridge on “If You Saw Her”, and the sentiment on “Maybe Then” that captures that feeling of being deeply in a love that isn’t meant to be. I will always love you Wendy.
Jeffrey’s love for music comes from a mixed matched youth. If it wasn’t his dad blaring Lynyrd Skynyrd in the car or his mom basking in the hits from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, then it was just him tying to enjoy the music. Currently, Jeffrey saves the world one off-beat at a time while also sharing his love for all aspects of music either by doing music history research or debating the best albums over a beer.