IT'S HARD TO find a duo that sounds better together than Marc and Richard, or as they liked to be called, Trick. Exploding onto the local scene with singles like Up All Night, it’s not hard to see why these two heartthrobs are rising fast in our homegrown music industry.
All their talent is a result of hard work and passion from a young age. Starting as early as age twelve, though only forming Trick later on in their musical careers, the duo each have considerable musical experience. Their experiences as musicians helped them be who they are today. Marc states: "I started really getting into music when I was twelve, obsessed with the guitar. That eventually led to songwriting and music production.
Along the way I had picked up and abandoned countless different instruments. I think all of this was motivated by my interest and passion in music, wanting to make it instead of just consuming." Richard, on the other hand, came from "a family with a lot of musicians and it was just a matter of time before [he] started working on my own music. [He] began performing at the age of fifteen, joining street competitions and battles."
It’s easy to call their music pop music but I found out that there’s more to their sound than just catchy hooks. "I think our sound has a yin-yang thing going on. Just two elements, my singing and Richard’s rapping, that are different but somehow a balance is struck." Between Marc’s boyish yet smooth vocals and Richard’s hard hitting raps, there is a delicate balance that makes their music their own.
Despite their mainstream outlook, the duo has some very interesting influences to their music. "[We're] inspired by music, film, TV, almost anything. A song could just be born out of a line I’d hear on a show. Specifically, our musical influences are often top songwriters and producers like Max Martin and Dr. Luke." However, Richard’s rapping ability comes from a purer source: "I grew up listening to a lot of different artists. If I had to name a few, it would be T.I., B.o.B, Chris Brown and Flo Rida."
It’s really easy to get into their music — it's simple, fun, catchy and easy to relate to. "Some of it could be things that we've experienced ourselves, others might be stuff we've seen happened to someone else. It all depends on the idea and direction." They’ve even done covers of other pop songs, making it their own and that includes making their own renditions of popular Korean songs by superstars like Taeyang and G-Dragon.
At the end of the day, it's their music that is most important to them. "It has just been a big part of our lives and we do enjoy making music, writing songs. I can’t explain why music is important to us but we’ve always felt that way, even when we were just music listeners. I like it when people enjoy our music and benefit from it in any way. It’s a big motivation for us." Find out more about Trick on their website or check out their YouTube Channel.
Their new single 'Sunshine' is up for streaming on AMPed, so give that a listen. For something more upfront catch them at their up coming shows: AMPed Presents A Special Performance by TRICK on the 27th at hood bar, or Play:Live SG on the 4th of October at Marina Bay Sands.