Catherine
Marks

EMPOWERED WOMEN IN MUSIC

Brave Life Choices and 
PRODUCER of The YEAR

Thank you for being part of our zine. Tell us more about your beginnings in the industry!
 

Thank you for including me ;-)

I began by making tea in the studio for a Producer called Flood.
Having previously played in bands back home in Australia, while I was studying Architecture, I was curious about how records were made and always wanted to explore that as a career change.


Where are you located now and where are you originally from? 
 

I currently live in London but am originally from Melbourne, Australia.
 

Goals for 2019 and beyond?
 

The goal for 2019 and beyond is to continue working with new and exciting artists. To collaborate more with other Producers. And to be continually challenged, to learn and grow as a Producer. 


What have been the specific challenges in your career so far? What have been the greatest achievements so far? 
 

Greatest challenges have been not feeling experienced enough earlier in my career. There were times when management, label, artists were all feeling pressure and I felt ill equipped to manage that and so ultimately felt overwhelmed. 
Greatest achievements; earning the respect of my peers and my mentors. Winning 'Producer of the Year’ was also pretty awesome.


Where can our readers catch up with you out there soon? 
 

I’m currently working on a new Manchester Orchestra album…and  there’s another album coming out next year from a very special artist that I have been working with and I’m excited for it to be let out into the world.
 

Please answer the following: "If my fans really knew me, they would know that... " 

I love movie soundtracks. Especially from the 80’s and 90’s. 
I am very visual in the studio.

 

Who are your top inspirations? 

I am always inspired by people who are brave in their life choices. 


Please list your social media links so our readers can follow you everywhere! 

Instagram: @cjmarks 
Twitter: @cjmarks

 

Also, since this is a women's series we would love to hear any struggles of being a woman you've faced either in or out of the industry. Also, any advice for young women musicians.
 

The only struggles I’ve experienced have been those I’ve imposed on myself. Feeling like I need to be that much better in order to be taken seriously. Hopefully the social construct that made me feel that way will dissipate in generations to come. I am also just inherently competitive so this may have nothing to do with gender. Lol

The only advice I can give is the same I was given once.
Be yourself, work hard, be good at what you do and don’t worry about what anyone else says, if it’s something you love, you will find a way.

 

What has been your most defining moment as an artist?
 

My defining moments always seem to be adverse situations. They have the potential to break me but overcoming them, and learning from my mistakes, seem to make me strive to be better and is ultimately my motivation.