SALAMANCA — A local musician is taking the entertainment world by storm and he’s not looking back. With the new stage name .thrax, Marquee Peters released her debut studio album, “Social Disconnect” on September 4.
With a one-of-a-kind sound, the 21-year-old from Salamanca has a diverse and unique approach to music that propels him into the music industry. His first five singles have already garnered him over a million streams and over 100,000 monthly listeners. He said the numbers have grown exponentially since the release of his new album.
“Social Disconnect” has many songs in different genres, allowing Peters to speak heartfeltly to his listeners about why some people, including himself, feel disconnected from society.
He said that this album will help raise awareness about the big issues that many people have about society, but don’t discuss it openly. The album taps into his unique perspective as a young African American trying to overcome the stereotypes often associated with his demographics and age.
The album was engineered and mastered by AJ Pillette of Biscuit Town Studios. K. Hammer designed the cover, and Brooklyn-based TuneCore distributes the digital music.
“We just passed 400,000 total streams on it,” Peters said. “He got a lot of attention from The Source and Vibe magazines, as well as other major labels regarding this project. Sony and MGM are interested in working with me and signing.
Her debut single, “Creep,” reached No. 24 on the Spotify Hong Kong Top 50 playlist. Another single, “Like Nana,” is also doing well and is featured on her new album. He recently released his latest single, “After Party”.
Mainly influenced by India Arie, Mumford and Sons and Stromae, Peters said he believed every artist should write their own music.
“Music is made to express your own feelings and life situations that you or your loved ones have been through,” he said.
As an emerging artist, Peters has the ability to create his eclectic music in a variety of genres that will appeal to everyone, including hip-hop, rap, indie, pop, neo-soul, R&B and even some countries. Without a band, he accomplishes this through digitally synthesized music. The singer-songwriter has never studied music with anyone and is self-taught. He learned everything online, whether it was vocal training or learning a program.
Peters is the owner and CEO of Encryption Records LLC, New York State’s largest independent record label. He tends to say “we” when referring to his company, as he considers his label a family.
“I say ‘we’ because it takes a team to make a label successful,” he said. “We currently have two other artists, but they are in the artist development phase, so we are currently building their catalog and preparing them.”
According to Peters, he purchased 21 acres of property in the Stillson Pond area of East Randolph where his office and recording studio will be based in the future. It is also considering other areas, including Washington, DC and Baltimore, to build satellite studios.
“Everything is on hold until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, so we’ll be using this time to network with other producers and other studios,” he said.
The up-and-coming artist said he got his start in the music industry by recording from home and streaming the content. Over time, he was lucky enough to gain connections and friends in the industry. He started his musical career as Marquee but, as his music started to progress, he changed his professional name to Srene. Because Srene sounded too feminine, he went with .thrax, his new stage name.
“In fact, .thrax was a villain I loved in my favorite cartoon growing up, which was ‘Osmosis Jones,'” he said. “We added the dot in front and lowercased the ‘T’ to give the name a bit of a boost.”
Peters has been passionate about music since he was a child. He began writing songs and poetry in sixth grade, and was part of a band and choir. He plays the saxophone and can play the piano a little.
Although he did not receive his musical training from his family, he said his parents played a plethora of different genres which helped open him up to different sounds and styles of music at a young age.
Growing up, Peters always found himself estranged from others, therefore he could not fully express himself at the time. He said music gave him the power to compensate for the things he couldn’t say or do as a child.
Due to the ups and downs he has experienced in life, Peters has been able to perfectly express emotions of hardship and struggle in his music. When he embarked on his musical journey, he failed many times, but he never gave up trying. He thanks his grandmother for believing in him and showing him love through the process when no one else was “supporting him”.
Her journey inspires many people to never lose hope in their dreams because people never know what life has in store for them. He encourages his listeners to always do what makes them happy because life is too short to let anyone stop them from doing what they love.