CORPUS CHRISTI — Mark Rogers, a 1992 graduate from Mission High School, is releasing his first EP titled Lifeless Touch on Aug. 23. Lifeless Touch will be available as a digital download from various music sites such as Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, Napster and iTunes among others.
His career in the music industry has progressed in behind-the-scenes roles, where he has worked as a stagehand, sound engineer and all around go-to tech person. While he still has the opportunity to record other artists, he has now ventured into the music scene himself.
After releasing a self-released single, Speed Demon, 18 months ago, which featured guest guitarists Zeke Brown of King’s Ransom on lead guitar and Dug Pinnick of King’s X on bass, Rogers has picked up the bass and lead guitars himself. Lifeless Touch features four songs written, performed, recorded, mixed produced and mastered all by Rogers.
“The EP is not flawless,” says Rogers. “But hopefully a nice step forward from where I was with Speed Demon.”
The four songs on the EP are “Creep,” “Lifeless Touch,” “His Grace,” and “Blue.” “Creep” and “Blue” are instrumentals. “Lifeless Touch” is about a guy that wakes up in the morning after a drug party to find his girlfriend has overdosed. “His Grace” is about a soldier and his family.
Rogers said he has played with the idea of doing his own music since he was young, but did not start putting any structure into until the age of 15. He remembers his grandmother teaching him simple tunes on the piano when he was young and his father teaching him the basics of vocals and harmony as well.
While in school, Rogers played several instruments and picked up his first acoustic guitar in high school. He just picked up the bass guitar last year. The drums that will be heard on the EP are actually from his keyboard and recording software, but, he says, are much more realistic than they were five or 10 years ago. On the song “Blue,” there is even a bit of muted trumpet at the beginning that is created by keys instead of the actual instrument.
What got his mind thinking about writing music was listening to Sebastian Bach when Skid Row came out with their first CD. His first song written was a modification of their lyrical idea they used with “I Remember You,” said Rogers. Other bands with similar vibes that he gets inspiration from include Metallica, Alice in Chains and Shinedown. He also draws inspiration from movies and hopes to create music for film in the future.
He says music is an outlet for him.
“It’s a way for me to recognize what and why I like or don’t like something,” Rogers said. “It’s a method for breathing life into a simple idea that I may not have the words to describe.”
Rogers says he is still working toward forming that culmination of ideas he has acquired over the course of his life into something that can adequately personify what is in his head.
On a more physical response on where he wants to go with his career, Rogers says he is always amazed at that moment when an artist is on stage listening to a large crowd sing the song they created back to them.
“I’d like to be in that moment some day with a song I’ve poured my soul into,” he said.
As far as role models he considers several artists out there to be musical genius. He says musicians like David Bowie, Trent Reznor and Maynard James Keenan seem to breathe creativity.
“It’s not so much their style of music that I want to sound like, but rather that level of ability in the craft,” he explained.
Rogers hopes that others can relate to the music he is trying to achieve at.
“I know I’ve still got a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m a great believer in what the human spirit can achieve,” he said. “Regardless of how much we idolize certain people, they are still only people and had to go through a lot of the same struggles you and I do to get where they are.”
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