Get On The Bus: Marc Dorsey Interview

Marc Dorsey

When an artist serves as the go-to guy for Spike Lee, you know he's gotta have something special about him. Marc Dorsey served that very role throughout the 1990s, bursting onto the scenes in 1994 with "People Make the World Go Round" on the Crooklyn Soundtrack. As the 90s wore on, Lee would turn to Marc on several more occasions, with the two collaborating on Clockers and again on Get on the Bus.

Having honed his skills working soundtracks, Marc Dorsey finally put out a full length album in 1999 with Crave. The album featured Marc's distinct soulful sound and contained classic tracks like the title track and the single "If You Really Wanna Know." On the album, Marc showed his ability to bring new life to classic tracks as he remade Stevie Wonder's "All I Do" and Shirley Murdock's "As We Lay."

After releasing such a solid album, Marc moved out of the spotlight, leaving many wondering if they'd ever have the chance to hear his distinct sound again. Our team at R&B Haven was fortunate enough to get in touch with Marc and were able to talk with him about his work in the R&B industry, and where his life has taken him. If you want to find out more about Marc and his current activities, check out Marc Dorsey's MySpace or his personal web site.

Interview with Marc Dorsey

Hey Marc, I want to thank you for taking a moment out of your schedule to answer some questions for us. It's great to have a chance to speak with such a talented artist who's put out such great music.

To start things off, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Spike Lee
Marc Dorsey made a name for himself when his music appeared in Spike Lee's films, including Crooklyn and Clockers.

I'm a young African-American male, who's made a career in the music business. I've worked with a few good labels like Jive Records and Universal Records. During my career I've been blessed to have worked with several artists, like Jay-Z, Neptunes, Kellis, LL Cool J, Swiss Beats, just to name a few.

What turned you on to music and made you decide this was the career for you?

Well, what turned me on was the attention! And by the attention, I mean at no other time in my life, for just that second, I could control the room. That to me, was the moment I decided that music should be something to consider doing as a career.

You came onto the R&B scene in a big way in 1994 with the song "People Make the World Go Round" in Spike Lee's Crooklyn. You continued to work with Spike Lee in Clockers and Get on the Bus. How did the two of you end up working together on so many projects and what was the experience like?

The experience, was spiritual in a way. Here I am with this guy who, to me, was the bridge of those cries from inner-city America and the greats of African-American history. Wow. But, after the first few days it was a check, a chance, and plenty of opportunity if I was serious and stayed focused. So, whenever I would have to see him and go over music or his vision or direction, that was to me one of the best times in my life as a singer. It allowed me the chance to really learn how important it is to create life in songs. Not just with words, but with emotion!

I'm talking about the emotion, of being there, but you can't remember ever being there! But at the end of the day, I would say that because of my focus and dedication to my love of music, he kept calling me back for more work!

After appearing in Crooklyn, it was still another five years before your debut album, Crave, came out. What were you working on throughout this time?

Well, "If You Really Wanna Know", I was writing songs a lot. I would do shows here and there. But I was always into other aspects of music, like doing jingles for radio and television. Some of my spots would be for Coca-Cola, Oreos, The Army, etc. So, for the most part thank God, I would have at least something, on the radio. For me it was just about singing and making money!