On The Bugcast episode 19, I played a track by Mark Marshall called Something To Believe.
I obtained this track from the Podsafe Music Network (PMN), which is crammed full of artists and music that can be played legitimately on podcasts without needing to pay a licence fee.
As part of the process of playing tracks from the PMN, you can report back to artists that you have played one of their tracks. Now usually when I do this, I don't get any kind of response whatsoever. At the end of episode 19, I would have played (and reported) 57 tracks in total, with only 3 responses from the artists acknowledging that I'd played their songs.
When I reported Mark's track back to the PMN, I got a response from Mark himself (at about 03:30 on the morning following the recording of the show) saying: "Hey... Mark Marshall here - thanks SO much for the play! You'll be added to my front page manana. If it's OK, I'd like to add you to my mailing list. Thanks again!"
And the following morning there was indeed a link on markmarshall.com linking to The Bugcast! Wowser, that was the first offical recognition of the show by a played artist, and it made my day! Since then, Mark and I have communicated on and off by email and Twitter, he even posted a blog about the show!
Anyhoo, to cut a long story short, I've just purchased a copy of his album, New Eye which he said that he would send in the middle part of next week... and I thought I would take this opportunity to post about this man's awesome music. He is a one-man band in the true sense of the word, performing, recording and producing all of his material.
Please have a listen to at least the first track in this player - Something To Believe - which is, in my opinion, one of the best tracks that I've listened to from the album.