We had the good fortune of connecting with Marquis Hardy and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marquis, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Wow, this is a question. The answer is pretty complex and also very simple at the same time. I pursued it, because I love it. I LOVE creating. I love being able to make something out of nothing and share it with the world. I love creating things that I would like to consume. I think that’s the best part, being able to sit back and evaluate, “hmmm, what would I want to listen to?” and then going out and making that thing. It’s wonderful.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My artist name is 10:20 like the time of day! I chose that name because that was the time I was born, 10:20pm. That’s been important to me, because I believe that I have a purpose that belongs to me, just as you have a purpose that’s yours. Getting here was the hard part, because after college I didn’t play music for a few years. When I finally got back to it, the feeling was like I had the answer to the question I had been asking the whole time. Finding and being comfortable with my own sound was difficult, and being okay with the fact that I didn’t sound like the saxophone players I grew up listening to, or that I loved was a struggle too. However, embracing those differences allowed me to chart the course I am now on by experimenting with things I hadn’t seen any other horn players commonly use such as effect, delay, and harmonizer pedals. I’ve learned to be more comfortable being who I am, and that there is no necessity of two of the same people, so you’re doing a disservice to yourself and everyone by trying to be someone or something you’re not. As far as what’s exciting, I am finishing up my debut album, and I’m incredibly proud of it! I believe people will not only enjoy the music, but also relate to the lyrics! The music I make now is a jazz/hiphop/pop/trap fusion. It sounds like a lot, but once you listen it will make more sense! I’m a solo act, and I build my songs through loops and Ableton Live – so rather than tracks, the drums, keys, vocals, and other instruments in the tracks you hear are all made live!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Okay! So best friend comes to town, and I pick them up from the airport! On the way home we’re going to spend some time in Decatur, and first we’re stopping at Fox Brothers BBQ! (Also, we’re going to assume the pandemic doesn’t exist.) Fox Bros. Is my favorite barbecue in Atlanta, and one of my favorite restaurants! After that we’re going to go over to Little 5 and give a visit to Criminal Records! Hopefully there’s still time, because we HAVE to give a visit to 3 Taverns. A few other places we’ll have to check out while they’re here:
Food Truck Park off Howell Mill, because who doesn’t love a good food truck!?
ASW tasting room, because this is one of the best gems in the city!
Taffers Tavern, Holmes, and Comeback Vinyl in downtown Alpharetta, are must visits!
Last but certainly not least, hopefully there’s a show so we can visit my favorite venue in Atlanta, Terminal West.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a few people that deserve to be mentioned in my story! I first have to give all the credit to my success to the Most High, Jesus Christ. Without Him, I have no talent, no purpose, no skill, and no one else on this list I can thank! Also, my beautiful wife, Callie, my family and my friends who believe in me, support me, cheer me on, and help me along the way deserve credit and have my sincerest appreciation.

Website: 1020music.com

Instagram: instagram.com/themarquishardy

Youtube: 10:20 music

Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2T25D1vYFwnqxPvTpijyOy?si=dxvBK__rSyy2wc1tIvq_Vw

Image Credits
Stephanie Fitzpatrick, Photo 5 (front facing, black shirt)

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