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A fun album …

The last one took a lot out of me. So I made analogue // 6: a 17-minute collection of songs inspired by the 80s. Dig it: analogue // 6 (2017) by tape loop The video:

I spent a few months working on an album that proved to be my most difficult project to date. TELEMAQUE. grew from a desire to give a musical voice to the depression that arises from America’s history. You see, sometimes poetry is incapable of expressing pain accurately. Words can only go so far. In my […]

I’ve visited a lot of schools before I became poet laureate of Charleston. But now, the visits are becoming more frequent and more rewarding. I’ve done poetry workshops and/or read poems at The Cooper School, Meeting Street Academy, Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC), Sanders-Clyde, Academic Magnet, Wando High School, and Ft. Johnson Middle School. Soon, there […]

With analogue // 4, I set out to make an album as rich and textured as the soundtrack work of Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. (I can dream, right?) The second track ended up sounding like William Basinski. Analogue // 4 was written and recorded Jan. 27-29, 2017, using an OP-1. Think of it as […]

2016 was an overloaded of great music. Even in its last week, 2016 brought us the amazing new EP from Nine Inch Nails. That would have made my list, but I’ll wait to see what Trent brings in 2017. Anyway, here’s my favorite albums of the year. Enjoy: 24. noname – telefone an intimate, groovy […]

Here’s the third album in the analogue series! I recorded this Dec. 26 – Dec. 28, 2016. Very much inspired by the Stranger Things soundtrack. The only instrument I used was my trusty OP-1 synthesizer. I’m in love with it. For the video, I used old footage of the family from our military adventures. Yep, […]

my 18th album

The analogue series has been a fun little project for me to sink my electronic teeth into. The concept: record one album a month for the next six months. Improvisation. Use nothing but analog instruments. Record in one day. Well, the second album in the project is complete. I cheated by recording it in three […]

A few weeks ago, I was asked to read poetry for Wando High School‘s Live Poets Society. I really appreciate the idea of students focusing on living poets instead of dead ones (sorry, Walt). There’s so many great poets who are active in the scene, writing inspiring work. The experience was priceless. I read a […]

Some photos from TEDx

Was so excited perform at TEDxCharleston with my brother in art, Quentin E. Baxter. The love we received from our performance was beautifully overwhelming. Seriously. THANK YOU if you came up to me to show love. My apologies if I seemed out of it, or was at a loss for words (ironically). Here are some […]

I challenged myself to write and record an electronic album in one day. I’ll be doing one electronic album per month, for the next six months. The first record in the “analogue” series was completed on 10/27 with synthesizers and drum machines. It’s yours now. ENJOY. Stream and download now. Dig? THE VIDEO: THE ALBUM: […]

Despite the loss of Prince, it’s been a great year. A new house, a strong marriage with the most intelligent woman in the world, the TEDx news, and … this. BUT WHAT’S NEXT? Well … I’m designing the national music magazine No Depression. No Depression has a rich history of in-depth stories about roots music. As a graphic designer in Charleston, […]

!!!!! Ironically, words aren’t coming to me right now. I’ll just share the good news with you …. Official press release is below. Also check out the story from the Post and Courier. For Release: June 22, 2016 AMAKER NAMED POET LAUREATE OF THE CITY OF CHARLESTON Charleston, S.C.—Mayor John Tecklenburg announced the appointment of Marcus […]

Here’s another example of the universe working its magic: two months ago, I was invited to a luncheon for the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. At that luncheon, CML showed one of the videos I did for them on a big projector. After the luncheon, I took a walk down King Street and ran into […]

More blessings came my way earlier this month, when PBS came into town to talk to Marjory Wentworth and I about the healing power of poetry and its impact on our community after the massacre at Mother Emanuel. The crew filmed me at Hampton Park, near the Demark Vessey Statue. I read two poems, “Black […]

Words can’t express how FUNKAY the Prince tribute show was, at the Charleston Music Hall. Man. The Hall was sold out! I’ve never seen a crowd like that before: an extra diverse group of purple power was in the building. And everyone was dancing. The band ripped through the setlist. Here’s what we played ::: […]

Life as a DJ

Thanks to Pam of the Soul Preservation Society, I’ve been able to do what I love the most: spin vinyl for people at parties and events. Yes, we spin vinyl. It would be so much easier to do it digitally, but we are old school. Plus, hauling around crates of vinyl around town is some […]

The fine folks of This Should Be a Podcast – Andrew Sprague, Ryan Wilcox and Liz Segrist – interviewed me about art, poetry and my hatred of Seinfeld. I love this podcast – it’s super funny and relaxed. Check it out below, and also check out my wife on an earlier episode, as well! My podcast […]

365 days of love.

One year ago today, I married Jordan. Fellas, to get the scoop on how to find eternal bliss, follow these steps ~ step 1: open your eyes and realize you are already friends with the woman of your dreams. step 2: finally ask her out on a date. goes to @moes crosstown. step 3: write […]

My life changed when Vikki Matsis came to me a few years ago and asked me to do the branding for OHM Radio. I did the logo and website for it, and I also do a show every Monday and Thursday. 78.3% of my shows are dedicated to Prince (of course). A great side effect […]

Thoughts from a mega fan. My speech at the Charleston Music Hall, prior to a showing of Prince’s “Purple Rain” on May 18, 2016. I don’t have a good memory. I have a hard time recalling names and moments from my past. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to remember what I did last weekend, much […]

My first official show as tape loop is in the books. MAN, it was an amazing time. About 80 people came to Redux for the Surround Sound show … I’m so thankful for the love and good energy from everyone involved. Pam and Jason spun records, Nick Jenkins and I performed on stage and the […]

Some poets and I had the chance to set up shop at the Charleston Farmers Market, armed with a ton of blank paper and … a typewriter. We were there to celebrate the last day of National Poetry Month. We charged people $1 for a poem. It was amazing how many people loved the idea. […]

The first “poem” I wrote was a verse-by-verse cover of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Butter,” from The Low End Theory. I put “poem” in quotes because I really didn’t know what I was doing – I was just really enthralled with the rhyme style of Phife Dawg. The year was 1991, and I still had […]

Someone on Facebook said that I’m having a good year. I can’t argue that. The mayoral inauguration poem , the branding of the Charleston Jazz Festival and now … this! I’m so grateful to be included in this Charleston City Paper story. My little portion of the story talks about naps, Moe’s Crosstown, gin and […]

Happy to announce my new album, “the drum machine.” It’s a 31-minute electronic music album recorded at home in Charleston. The theme? Beats. It’s also an homage to my music from the last 10 years. I did my first album as tape loop in 2005 after buying a Boss DR 202 drum machine. That album, […]

Charleston City Paper Spoleto review: Madeleine Peyroux

I was asked by the Charleston City Paper to review Madeleine Peyroux’s Spoleto show during my honeymoon week with Jordan. Jordan and I chose one of Madeleine’s songs for our wedding, so we were eager to see her. Here’s how it looked, through my eyes. Read the article on the Charleston City Paper’s website Madeleine […]

2014 was another stellar year for music. It started in January with a great album from Mogwai (Rave Tapes), and ended in December with the instant classic Black Messiah, from D’Angelo. Here’s the rundown of my favorite records: 1. FLYING LOTUS, You’re Dead! Death is a topic that can be untouchable – not many artists […]

I was asked to take photos of a friend’s proposal: Lockwood planned to propose to his girlfriend (now fiancé!), Sarah Kenney, at the Battery. I’m definitely not a photographer, but I think the pics turned out pretty solid! See for yourself. Congrats to the couple! Nice to see so many good people choosing to get […]

Review: Prince, Art Official Age & PLECTRUMELECTRUM

Being a Prince fan can sometimes feel like being on a roller coaster. The highs are out of this world, but the lows are inevitable. For every great record like 3121, you’ll get a less-than-stellar album like Planet Earth, just one year later. But believe me, his two latest albums, ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, […]

Somewhere in West London …

I have many favorite artists. Most of you know about the heavy hitters on my list: Prince, Joni Mitchell, Ani Difranco, PJ Harvey, Tori, Tribe. On that list as well is Kate Bush, and she’s making news because she performed her first concert in 35 years last night in London. It’s part of a 22 […]

My favorite 13 albums of 2013

13. Heiroglyphics – The Kitchen 12. Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience 11. Pearl Jam – lightning bolt 10. Arcade Fire – Reflektor 9. Atoms for Peace – AMOK 8. Paul McCartney – New 7. Local Natives – Hummingbird 6. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest 5. Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle 4. […]

Album review: David Bowie’s “The Next Day”

I’ve always been a little intimidated by David Bowie. His discography is massive. His reputation is legendary. His influence is immeasurable. So, where do you start when you want to listen to him? Like most people, I started with the Ziggy Stardust album. Beyond that, though, I was finding it hard to connect to his […]

When a musician grows older …

i have a strange fascination with growing old. at 36, i feel better than i’ve ever felt. people pump fear into your mind about age: they tell you that your 20s are your prime and your 50s are when you should start thinking about mortality. as prince sung, “what if time’s only reason is to […]