I'm sure a lot of have heard that challenges are what keeps you going in life.
They allow you to grow, develop new skills, new techniques and they keep your mind busy.
Being stuck in a routine or the so called "comfort zone" can be the end of creativity, and obviously no creative person ever wants to be stuck in a rut.
There are many ways to keep this from happening and it's really all about finding out what works for you, and what doesn't.
Our wonderful friend Mark Mathews has come up with an incredibly cool challenge which you can find out all about today.
Check it out!
Mark Mathews is a singer/songwriter from London, UK.
He's been around since 2006 and is going stronger than ever.
Influenced by the legends such as The Beatles, The Kinks and Ryan Adams; Mark's sound is a mixture of folk and indie-pop.
You can catch Mark playing his way through London and the rest of the UK pretty much all the time.
With three EPs and one album out, he's got enough material to showcase his musical variety.
He's not planning on stopping any time soon and has a special project going on at the moment.
I'm excited to share his brand new song "Grape Juice" with you today.
"Grape Juice" is one of 12 songs we'll be hearing from Mark this year.
He has set himself the goal to release one new single every month throughout 2017.
That being quite a challenge on its own, the musician has gone even further and has decided to change up his writing process.
Instead of starting every song on a guitar and taking it from there, Mark has challenged himself to write on different instruments, approaching every song in a different way.
January single "Grape Juice" started as a bass riff which gives the song more groove than any of Mathews' previous tunes.
The lyrics are the result of a night out in London. Mark himself describes them as "melodic nonsense".
However, the final track is anything but nonsense.
Greeting us with and energetic drum beat, "Grape Juice" demands our full attention from the very first second.
The bass riff, which is the base of the song, couldn't be funkier if it tried.
A busy acoustic rhythm guitar keeps the spirits high. The electric guitar gets a few special appearances and adds another layer of entertainment to the track.
Mark leads us through the track with his controlling voice in the most confident and charming manner.
If you are looking for a tune to dance to - get "Grape Juice" playing and enjoy the funky grooves.
Mark Mathews online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram
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Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: via Mark Mathews