We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark Sultan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mark, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I like this question because I believe it tackles a lot of topics. I believe the most important power we have as humans connecting with each other is the power to inspire others. The reason I even decided to start a band was to allow all of my members to freely be themselves, and tap into what inspires them. I want to be remembered as someone who did their best to allow others to take the opportunities they strive for.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the lead singer and guitarist for the Rock and Roll Band Fux (pronounced Fyooks) in Atlanta, Ga. We started off in 2018 opening for the Band Mungion, and since then we have played just less than 100 shows all across the nation (primarily the east coast). Since our start, we have played 6 Official Umphrey’s McGee Late Night shows even selling out a few venues in our first time in their city. Nothing about starting a band or business is easy, but I do feel I took a different approach. Instead of just starting the band first, I decided to hit the road and make connections. This decision lead me to over 30 different festivals multiple times, and seeing bands hundreds of times. When it was time to start Fux, I realized that I already had fans all over the country just from being a swell person in the scene. This allowed us to make tours from an early start, and bring in enough people where everyone involved were able to have a successful night. One of the most important lessons I can say to people in show business is to remember you are always representing your brand. Be kind to everyone you meet, you never know who that person is, or who they are going to be in the future. You want to act like the person that you would want to see succeed. Some things to know about Fux is, we are here to stay, and if you think we are on a roll now, I can confirm, you have yet to witness our best.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When visiting the city, you must catch a show at Aisle 5. Little 5 Points in general is a great weird part of town, but Aisle 5 is a place that always brings in great acts and always has all your friends lined outside waiting to get into the building. Now if you’re a fried chicken fan, but want a little twist, I highly recommend Las Brasas Peruvian Fried Chicken, sprinkle some fresh lime, and its a party in your mouth.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to shout out the band Umphrey’s McGee, who have been great friends but more importantly have shown me the ways of running a business, making meaningful music, and introducing me to a community of people to show you what you have to Cleave out of your life to be happy.
Stephanie Heath and Luke Usry