Marc James has been playing piano basically since he can remember.
Growing up, his parent's musical choices had a large impact on which direction his musical influences came from. A particular musician they would listen to was, George Winston, a contemporary pianist. In Marc’s words “music without words allowed for a better appreciation of the complexity of the music itself. The songs were not driven by what the artist had to say with his words, so the music alone had to tell the story or set the mood.” Other musical influences include artists like Ben Folds and Fiona Apple. "Ben Folds taught me that you can beat the crap out of a piano and still have musical integrity."
After high school Marc double majored in mathematics and atmospheric sciences in his undergraduate studies and later continued on to receive his master’s in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is currently the lead keyboardist of the band, Next Myle and performs at private events.
When asked what he plans to achieve while playing, Marc says “I want people to think 'wow, I had no idea you could have that kind of range with a piano.' One second I'm pounding away on my piano to create a very full, rocked-out version of a song, then I turn around and create a relaxing atmosphere that will transport the listener to a calmer, more relaxed state of mind through more concert-style, traditional piano playing, only to come right back with something you're in awe with as you stare at my fingers move."
Finally when asked why he plays, Marc responded, "That one is simple. I play for me. Music has always been and emotional outlet for me. If I'm having a really bad day, or even a great day, I find that music restores balance to my mind and spirit in ways that medications or conventional means can't. If I can make other people feel better, or become inspired, or simply be mildly entertained by listening to me, then that's wonderful. But honestly, I play for me."