After a month long’s worth of video promotions (tagged #witnessalive) on his youtube channel, audiences are now given an inside view on the things that keep the songwriter Leon Markcus alive. From the song cover of the National Anthem to a raw and authentic footage of the recording process for the track ‘Alive’, viewers now understand Markcus better on an emotional level, and knows what he truly stands for on the path of music. Local singer/songwriter, Leon Markcus who took the music scene by storm in 2016 with his unique blend of alternative pop & electronic music, is now making a comeback with a new music video for ‘Alive’ — directed by Alvin Ling and in collaboration with the National Arts Council, Noise Singapore and music producer Jeff Hue (NOISE AWARDEE 2016). The video aims to debunk the often misrepresented stereotypes of people with suicidal thoughts and makes it clear that suicide can happen to anyone.
The official music video features two friends struggling to overcome the harsh challenges faced in their personal lives, resulting in one individual attempting to take his own life. The video aims to strike a chord in the hearts of its audiences to bring about more awareness towards people who are at risk of suicide and how it can affect anyone; not just a group of people who displays stereotypical characteristics of depression. Markcus will also be going on a short island wide tour to promote his single.
Leon Markcus' promotional single 'Alive' has been available on iTunes Music, Spotify, Youtube and other streaming platforms since 30 June 2017. ‘Alive’ as a track has been doing commercially well, and has been streamed at several bars, restaurants as well as festivals, like SHINE Festival & Pink Dot 2017. ‘Alive’ is also scheduled for a digital distribution under Leeway Music and Media in South Korea on the 10th of August 2017 such as Melon, Mnet and Genie.
If you or someone you know if experiencing anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts, help is at hand. There are a number of resources that can help including Beyond Blue and Lifeline (or call 13 11 14). If someone is immediate danger, call 000 (triple zero) in Australia or the emergency services number in your locality.
Below: (podcast) Leon Markcus speaks to Jay John on the Jenet & Jay John Show.