Soda Pop Bio

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Soda Pop
Soda Pop

This is my bio, I'm Mark O, also known as Soda Pop, for the "poppy" music I write.

I've  been writing songs and making music since age 11.
At 18 I got my first guitar from my grandma and begin writing music and playing silly versions of Beatles songs.

The inspiration for my song writing is mostly the 80's.  That includes the cartoons I grew up on, the countless hours playing dungeons and dragons (and now Pathfinder) and of course, the music.  My best songs are where I can use these kinds of pop culture characters and tropes to tell a story about the world we live in and life in general, with themes of love, struggle, and victory.  Or at least that's what I try to do.  Sometimes it just turns out silly.

Bands I listened to as a kid were the Beatles, Bread, and Hooked on Classics.  As a teen I listened to The Cure, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Dinosaur, Jr., INXS, New Order, and also hair bands like Def Leppard and Night Ranger.

I would also say my songwriting has influences from punk,  traditional English/Irish music, and all of the great grunge era bands.  I haven't always written humorous stuff, but it seems to be what makes people happy so I'm glad to keep doing it.

If you've read this far you must really like me or be really bored.  Either way I thank you.