Seattle | Berlin
Marcus Loewe writes, records, and produces his work true to the vibrancy of Berlin’s music scene where his artistic and personal roots lie.
And those roots go deep, deeper than for the many artists that have so recently chosen Berlin as their creative base. Born in East Berlin, the oppression of the socialist East German regime weighed heavily on his family. A renowned performer and family friend in East Berlin, saw Marcus’ need for escape, and his early talent for singing, and introduced him to the world of music.
That introduction changed his life. His interest piqued, he poured himself into music, pushing himself to learn more and more instruments in his childhood years. The trumpet, his first test, he mastered within weeks to such a degree, he quickly found himself performing with a brass ensemble. Guitar and piano followed, but were suddenly and unexpectedly interrupted by the political upheaval in 1989 that marked the beginning of the end of communism in Europe.
With the Berlin wall still intact but a crack having appeared in the Iron Curtain, Marcus’ mother seized an opportunity to flee East Germany with him in the summer of that year, leaving his sister, grandparents, friends - and the only life he had known - behind. This was a turning point in his young life, an experience that has informed his art ever since.
Truly free, Marcus continued constantly looking to grow as an artist. Not long after his arrival in West Germany, he was recognized for his talent as a singer. The following years developed his skills as a musician and saw him working as a session singer in studios around Frankfurt am Main and eventually touring with a cover band through southern Germany. He soon found greater success, with his co-production of an original musical, in which he toured as a lead for five years and which was recorded and released as a full-length album.
As Marcus grew, so too did a now reunited Berlin, developing into one of the hottest, most diverse underground scenes for arts and music in Europe. The revitalized city - his city - called, and so after finishing high school, Marcus followed his heart home: he returned to Berlin. There he studied sound design at a local college and then was accepted into Berlin’s oldest and most prestigious school, Humboldt University, to study musicology.
Opportunity once more pulled Marcus from Berlin, when he found himself accepted into the world famous Musician’s Institute in Hollywood. He could not pass up this once-in-a-life-time chance and so moved to California. While earning a degree in vocal performance, production, and film-music, he gained unique insight into modern music, music business, and what it takes to be an indie artist.
After graduating, Marcus applied his now fully-matured skill set to write and produce for other artists, winning indie awards in L.A. for two of his songs, and finding play time for his work through online radio stations in London, Los Angeles, Sydney, Miami, and New York. His growing reputation led, in 2016, to an invitation from the U.S. Ambassador to Kyiv, Ukraine, for him to perform the U.S. national anthem acapella for 1500 high-profile political guests, alongside a Eurovision-winning Ukrainian artist.
With 2017’s ‘Right Here’ EP, Marcus relives through his music some of his experiences in his later Berlin years and sets out to create something engagingly different. The album offers a multi-facetted soundscape reflecting the lyrics of each song. The result is a warm, organic sound with dynamic depths for the listener to explore.
Now splitting his time between Berlin and Seattle, Marcus Loewe continues to follow his passion wherever it takes him, while staying true to the roots that have helped make him a unique and compelling artist.