Marc Lowe is an electronic composer, a singer, a drummer (since middle school), a synth/keyboardist, and he also plays the guitar, mostly acoustic. He started learning to make music in the second grade, when he studied Mozart and classical music via the clarinet. Later, he picked up the saxophone, then one day traded in his woodwinds for the drums and rock music (at that time, mostly heavy progressive rock). He always loved singing, and started taking the art seriously when he began college and studied operatic vocals, hence his love of vibrato and dramatic vocal stylizations (add to that his obsession from his late teens with artists such as David Bowie, and the picture comes further into focus).

 

Marc picked up the guitar for the first time in 2015, after writing songs a cappella for a time and strongly desiring the ability to further arrange them himself. He was a "bandman" for a couple of years, but soon realized that he preferred making music on his own. His world changed forever the day he purchased a mini Korg USB keyboard; his songwriting quickly shifted from guitar-based structured songs to more abstract/electronic compositions that were generally synth and/or piano-based; to this day he does most of his composing on the keyboard, though the acoustic is still employed. Stylistically, his music ranges from acoustic love songs to Industrial rock, from ambient and noise compositions to world music-influenced soundscapes, from vocal-heavy 5 minute songs to instrumental compositions that can run anywhere from 10 to 20+ minutes in length. 

Marc's musical life once again changed drastically when he met his bassist/collaborator and good friend, "Joe" Shotaro Kawakami, with whom he created music under the unit name This Dark Shroud. TDS, for short, was Marc's main focus during much of 2019, though he has again been producing music as a solo artist this year, as well as collaborating from time to time with Sunny Yasuda, a guitarist and a singer-songwriter in his own right.

 

Marc currently resides in Tokyo, where he, until recently, had been performing at various venues around the city. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Tokyo and around the world, he is currently in self-exile (read: staying at home), producing music and video. This site features a number of his videos, but there are many more to be found at Vimeo. Please subscribe to our page at

 

https://vimeo.com/darkshroudrecords

(Note: DSR once had an active page at YouTube, but, in addition to their video/audio quality being rather poor, Marc's name has been and continues to be illicitly used by a crazed closet fan whom YouTube refuses to delete, so, for the foreseeable future, Marc's work will primarily be available via Vimeo and streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Thank you for your understanding and support.)

From now until the middle of June 2020, DSR will release a number of new albums, including an official bootleg from Marc's birthday live performance in Fukuoka with special guests Sunny Yasuda, Joe Shotaro, and Tana. Stay tuned, and keep your eye on Vimeo & Spotify/Apple Music for more soon....

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