Marcus Kihn

Marcus Kihn

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandPopAdult Contemporary

It's just me. I write, produce and perform all the music. I like all genres so I am always influenced but many things which has its presence in my music. Over the years, i've developed my own style of combining all of these sounds together to come up with a sound that is truly me.

Biography

Marcus Kihn – A Musical Biography

His official birth date is August 7th 1969, but Marcus Kihn didn’t really come to life until several years later. That’s the day he raided his big sister’s record collection and stumbled upon a curious little album whose artwork consisted of a glass prism refracting a rainbow of colours.

Now this isn’t to say that Marcus hadn’t heard music before. On the contrary, in those days he listened religiously to the hits of the day — Rock & Roll, English Pop, Motown, Southern Rock —but the subtly textured, neo-psychedelic art rock and jazz fusion of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was something completely brand new to his ears.

A hundred or so spins later and that was it — the catalyst, so to speak. Enough with the listening, now was the time for Marcus to take his passion for music to the next level. He soon joined the church choir; fine-tuning his tenor pipes. Then it was onto piano lessons, in which he buried himself in the classics — Beethoven, Bach, Rachmaninov — excelling on every level and achieving a Grade 5 certification in just one short year. A budding Mozart? His piano teacher seemed to think so. But alas, proficiency in the classics wasn’t where young Marcus was headed; his musical passions were now being distracted by the world of spinning discs, and so began a short but illustrious stint as a popular high school DJ.

Familiarizing himself with just about every record on the planet eventually led him to the door of CFNY Radio — one of Toronto’s hottest rock and alternative stations in the 80s and 90s. Here, he worked as an intern where he would chat hours on end with the other DJs about what constituted the perfect #1 song. Of course, if anyone had the absolute formula to this million-dollar question, they’d no doubt be the wealthiest person on the planet.

But all this was enough for Marcus to take all he had learned in music to this point and start penning his own tunes. It also brought Marcus back to the piano, or rather, one of the first Ensonic keyboards that allowed him to sequence his songs. During this time he also plied his musical talents to learning guitar and drums.

After a few ill-fated attempts to form a live band, Marcus eventually went it alone, building his own studio to arrange, record and engineer his own creations — four albums to be exact: City, Together, All Sides Facing Out and the highly experimental Invisible. Each disc a collection of finely crafted compositions that possess a hint of all that has influenced him over the years — Gabriel, Lanois, Depeche Mode, Dead Can Dance, and of course, the band that started it all — Pink Floyd. But make no mistake — regardless of the influences — Marcus Kihn remains an original through and through.

Discography

Discography
Together - 2006
Invisible - 2007
City - 2008
All Sides Facing Out - 2009
Mental - 2010

Streaming Singles
Miss The Morning, Together
Slip Away, Together
Messed Up, City
Otherside, City
My Baby Knows, City
Real Time, ASFO
Half, ASFO
Middle, Mental
Devoted, Mental
Sugar, Mental

Film Scores
Stronger Than Love, Doc 2007
Urban Trenches, Short Film, 2008
Fading Fast, Short Film 2009
The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Short Film, 2008