Creative Industries Interview – Marcus Alexander

Marcus Alexander is a Swedish musician and songwriter operating mainly on YouTube, Spotify and Twitch. To date he has recorded 12 original pieces available to the public and 17 covers.

1. What are some of the challenges you face as a songwriter?

I’d say finding the “zen” of writing modes, sometimes you can write easily but you don’t like it at all, or you write something you really really like but you can’t match it or develop it.. So writing at the right moment and also realizing when that moment is, is precious information haha..

2. What motivated you to publish your music?

Simply the fact that I wrote many songs and that I studied studio stuff so it was easy to publish it, but of course also the fact that I want to share my music and words and melodies, that’s the whole point of why I play, because I want to give people that feeling I get myself when I hear someone else’s music and depth!

3. How has technology benefited your work?

The internet is key to my “success” or whatever you could call it.. I stream live at Twitch.tv which pretty much created the fanbase upon which I built my artist profile and following, also being able to record at home and master/mix everything makes life easier and also distribution cheap.

4. When did your passion for music begin?

My whole family including most of my cousins play music or sing, or at least create something, like painting or architecture! I started playing piano when I was like 5 because we had one, and then guitar when I was around 14 because my cousin told me I should try.. and then I just wanted to get good so I practiced for hours and hours!

5. What inspires you the most?

Inspiration is hard to pin point for me, sometimes I write at my best when I’m hung over …, but sometimes it’s just from sitting around quietly for a long time and just thinking. I gotta say girls messing up my life has been the biggest source of inspiration but I guess that’s just the way things are, if I cared about society I suppose I’d be a rapper complaining about taxes and guns and crap.. haha I honestly have no idea, Gregory Alan Isakov said something smart, living life is like eating all the poetry you find along the way, and then songwriters are just good at dumping that eaten poetry into lyrics or music.

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/marcusalx

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcusalx/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marcus_alx

The Role of the Editor

What are the responsibilities of the film/video editor?

The video editors job is to assemble the raw footage of a film into the sequence indicated by the provided script or screenplay. Their job can also include enhancing video and audio (adding effects, fine tuning the content, etc). They may also work with the director in reviewing and planning the films graphic elements.

Who else works I the editing department on a feature film?

During post production (editing, reviewing, etc) the editor can be found working closely with the director, cinematographer, sound specialists, musical directors. This is to correct and gain insight into the more specific element of the film in order to pick out flaws and create a film that lives up to expectation.

What sort of skills would you need to succeed at this profession?

An editor would need to have acceptable skills in technology particularly with post production processes and editing software. They must also have creativity, an imagination under pressure and understand storytelling techniques.They must have good communication, interpersonal and leadership skills. Visual awareness and attention to detail is recommended 🙂

What is the current payrate of editors in WA?

The average salary for a Film / Video Editor is AU$53,097 per year. (Anonymous. 2016). This varies depending on experience and exact location.

Describe the difference between linear and non-linear editing.

Linear editing is editing in a sequential order – start to finish, it was particularly used in the earlier years of editing when tape could only be edited limitedly. It tends to be a cheaper and in some cases easier than non-linear editing.

Non-linear editing is editing out of the pre-determined order. Instead of working piece by piece the editor can switch between working on different segments. Although it is a less simple technique it is usually preferred as it allows the editing process to be more flexible.

Bibliography

Unknown (workable). (2015). Video Editor Job Description. Retrieved from: https://resources.workable.com/video-editor-job-description

Gemma Halder. (2016). Film/video Editor Job Profile. Retrieved from: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/film-video-editor

Diane Dannenfeldt. (2016). Job Description of a Film Editor – What does a film editor do?. Retrieved from: http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/film-editor1.html

Unknown. (2016). Editor – Creative Skillset. Retrieved from http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles/2940_editor

MotionElements. (2016). Understanding Linear vs Non-linear Editing.  Retrieved from: https://www.motionelements.com/blog/articles/understanding-linear-vs-non-linear-editing

 

Media Celebrities

Ashley Frangipane, better known by her stage name Halsey, is a singer and songwriter from New Jersey. b2ba84b3372735ff3776c36b5722c994

Halsey is represented mostly positively in the media, many people favour her because of her strong support of gay/equal rights. It is for this reason that she also gets a lot of hate. Due to her struggle against her bipolar disorder as a teenager, she has become a role model for people struggling with mental illness.

Halsey is very supportive of her fans and interacts with them on a regular basis. Halsey is described as having a strong personality, she tends to turn her insecurities into jokes and will bite back at haters for pointing out her own/her fans flaws.tumblr_np8hlojdgj1u916uqo1_500

 

Halsey has multiple twitter accounts; HalseyMedia (run by her PR) and HALSEY (run by herself). HalseyMedia is used for promoting her merchandise and music while HALSEY is used to interact with her fanbase.

 

Halsey has been gaining popularity since her early days of making parodies of songs on tumblr and has continued to grow into an international artist.

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(She also has some unknown beef with Taylor Swift).tumblr_inline_nryl19hskn1rgu2hj_500