Featured Journalist: Marcus Schenck
This weeks featured journalist from the CVBU team is freshman Marcus Schenck! We sat down with Marcus to ask him a few...interesting questions. Read his biography and the full interview below! Make sure you read all of Marcus' articles he's written so far by clicking here.
Major: Music Performance - Voice Year: 2016 Hometown: New Fairfield, CT
Coming from a small town in Connecticut to another small town in Pennsylvania (maybe slightly bigger), Marcus brings his passion for music wherever he goes. He has a wide appreciation for all types of music and tries to share it with whoever will listen. While he enjoys classical music, especially opera, he also loves to jam out to the latest EDM tracks and then chill out with some soulful R&B and then move on to the next piece of music that catches his ear. Marcus loves to perform with a lot of the ensembles on campus like the Bucknell Opera Company and the co-ed a cappella group Beyond Unison. He also writes a lot of his own music to capture all of his musical interests. He is excited to be a part of the Campus Vinyl BucknellU team and spread the joy that everyone can find in music; that is music.
If you could be one musician for a year (past or present) who would you be and why?
This is really tough because there are two musicians that I really look up to that are completely different. I would like to be Duke Ellington for a year because of the musical innovation he introduced with jazz and American music and how he broke a lot of racial barriers with his music before the Civil Rights Movement even officially started.
But I would also like to be Macklemore for a year because of the commitment he has for helping others in need like those who are dealing with substance abuse (like he had for some time) and also because he is such a vocal ally for the LGBT community. I appreciate that greatly and I think it would be awesome to have that kind of influence on so many people for a cause that will always be relevant.
I think both musicians are amazing and have left such an impact on our society, it would awesome to be them for any amount of time.
If you were out on a romantic dinner and could only have one song playing the whole time, what would it be?
I would have Just Be by Paloma Faith playing because it’s a really sweet and sentimental song. It’s perfect for realizing what a great connection you can have with someone and that no one’s perfect but we choose to fall in love with someone anyway.
What music genre, artist, and/or group do you listen to when you need a good stress relief?
I usually listen to some smooth R&B or really hard EDM tracks to get rid of some stress from a hard day. Sometimes I like to jam out in my room to some great electronic beats or just let some awesome soulful singer sing all the stress away. I’m always harmonizing to every song. It just makes it more fun when you get taken with the music.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
The best concert I’ve ever been to was the private Norah Jones concert here at Bucknell during the fall semester. It was a really intimate concert and she performed an awesome set with songs from the entire decade of her career thus far. After the concert, three of my friends and I waited over an hour to see her and we were the only four students on campus to meet her and get a picture with her. It was so awesome!
What was the first CD you ever bought?
The first CD I ever bought was Simple Plan’s No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. Even as a pre-teen, teen angst never sounded so good, I think. Maybe only Avril Lavigne’s song Complicated can compete, but still, these Canadians have teen angst music down to a science, they really do.