Who Am I ?
July /August 2012
1: Who am I?
I am a middle-aged man, who apparently has a lot to say these days. I am a former music theory major who can play many different instruments. For some reason I have been going through some kind of prolific stage in my life. I have been in bands for almost 35 years, but I have never had the kind of inspiration that I have right now.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am an artist and producer. I play the drums, guitar, bass, keyboard, trombone, and I sing as well. I am currently working on my solo project, “A Bad Think.” I have just released my fourth album, “Medicine.” Those two projects have taken up the last six years of my life. I am in the studio everyday when I’m not traveling.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I am from a small town in southeast Wisconsin, I kind of northern Mayberry, if you will, where the population hasn’t increased in 20 years. Most of my family still lives there. I am not really sure where I am going. There are too many incalculable possibilities to consider. I guess I’ll start with getting out of bed, and go from there.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My Father. We never really had a close relationship growing up, and we never have had any of those father to son talks, or any special moments that I can remember, but I do remember that he was always there for us, doing the right thing for his family. Sometimes he was working seven days a week. He has taught me how to be a man by leading by example. I am still learning from him, even to this day.
5: What book is your bible?
I read the Conversations With God series a few years ago, and it was very inspirational and thought provoking to me. I must have read all three books in a week.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love my family, my music, my spiritual side, my dark side, and my guitar. I hate being late, inconsiderate people, and touching garbage cans without wearing gloves.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I have been put on this earth to make music. I have known this since I was very young. I have never had the feeling, or asked the question to myself: what should I do with my life? I am very fortunate that I can play the music I feel inside and not worry about someone trying to pigeon hole me into the most recent popular format. I am thankful everyday for being able to do that.
8: What is your favorite color?
Wow, it’s been a while since someone has asked me that one. I’m going to go with blue on that one.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I never got into comic books when I was growing up, but I would say that I envy the Invisible Man. It would be great to be able observe people and situations without anyone knowing you are there.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
There use to be the Bar in the Plaza that served martini’s, raw oysters, and cigars, in that order. It was kind of a after dinner hangout that had live Jazz music. Unfortunately it is not there anymore.
11: What turns you on?
Random acts of kindness and sincerity.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What makes you think you deserve to live on this planet?
A Bad Think is a project driven by the one-man wonder and man of many talents of Michael Marquart. Marquart has been making his living as a musician and producer. The talented drummer, guitarist, keyboard player, singer, and producer has played with A Flock of Seagulls and the Canadian super-group Alias, but it’s the music he makes with his solo project, A Bad Think, that’s closest to his heart. A music theory major in college, he has finally found a home creating works of art in his private recording studio. Marquart is a survivor, and his humility and positive acceptance of life as it is, is precisely what is most endearing in these tracks – his music is pensive, and his lyrics are meant to be carefully considered. Marquart’s daughter, Samantha Marq, the multi-talented singer and songwriter, has supported A Bad Think’s musical styling’s over the years. Her beautifully lush voice can be heard on a majority of A Bad Think’s tracks.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Ceara Maria Burns
Photography Courtesy of Susan Blond, Inc.
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Michael Marquart, 2012, Photography Courtesy of Susan Blond, Inc.