Written by Alicia Kolenda
Learn a little more about LSTNFND’s newly signed artist
Struck by a cosmic meteorite, Mark Durksen becomes…MARK DANGER.
So read the liner notes of Mark Durksen’s first EP. Recently signed by LSTNFND, the stage name makes Mark sound like a sci-fi, crime fighting, super hero bad boy. But Mark’s actually a pretty ordinary guy, which might be exactly why he’s so special.
A recent acquisition to the city of Toronto, Mark started his music career in St. Catharines, which isn’t exactly known for its thriving hip hop community. Mark wrote poetry and played bass in an experimental band until he picked up a Swollen Members album, and realized you can rap about pretty much anything.
“I didn’t know you could rap about monsters and social awkwardness,” says Mark. “After that I was in. I began to appreciate rhyme and structure in hip hop the same way I did in poetry. I began to listen to other rappers. And it wasn’t long until I decided to try rapping myself.”
Mark’s music is “lyrically dense, truth seeking, fun, and capable of holding silliness and seriousness in tension.” With everything from workout music videos to compliment battles, this guy’s got a little something for everyone.
But much more than that, Mark is an advocate for peace and love. His faith in Jesus and love for the lost is the backdrop for every one of his songs. It’s also a common theme on his vlog, whether he’s emailing a scammer or leaving his favourite Doritos for the guy who just broke into his car. Mark’s aim to build the found and beckon the lost through music is shared by LSTNFND — a goal they continue to work towards together as they create Mark’s newest EP.
When asked about Mark Danger joining LSTNFND, label-mate Orijin shared “From his prayerful writing process to his brilliantly comedic, crowd-engaging live sets, Mark is one of the most wildly creative emcees I know. I’m grateful to have him on board and excited for what lies ahead as we build together in the studio and on the stage.”
So if you need a little more danger in your life, (or you just want to support a great local artist) subscribe to the Danger Vlog and check out Mark’s latest single FOLLOW YOU. Follow You is about marveling at God’s grace and trusting in his guidance.