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Mark Ambor on His New Single, “Company”

We sat down with the New York based artist to discuss his latest release, “Company,” the optimistic song that a post-pandemic world needs.

New York based artist Mark Ambor releases his latest single, Company.
Photo: Shervin Lainez / @shervinfoto

Drinking an iced latte from a mason jar with a metal straw, Mark Ambor joined MUD’s virtual interview from his basement studio. He was immediately chatty, and very at ease — you almost wouldn’t know that the 23-year-old has 200,000 followers on TikTok, or over a million plays on Spotify, where he has only released four songs.

He excitedly described the vision for his music, which he wants to match the vibe of being “At the best music festival you can think of with your best friends jumping up and down, it’s a beautiful day, everyone’s singing these songs together of your favorite artist that are just bangers of songs. It’s the greatest time.”

Mark, who emphasized his appreciation for his friends and people around him, explained that with his music he wants to create a space where “You feel like you’re not alone, you’re part of something bigger. And truthfully that’s what I love, and I wanted this music that’s coming out in the next few months to feel this way.”

According to Mark, “Company,” which debuted on November 2nd, is probably the most direct in terms of describing that vision.

He smiled as he spoke, even when explaining to MUD that he was quarantined at home because of exposure to COVID-19. His quarantine was ironically timed to overlap the release of his new song, which Mark says came from a place of frustration during the height of the pandemic in January 2021.

“It was January and I hadn’t seen my friends for a while because no vaccinations were out,” Mark told MUD. “I’m an optimistic person for the most part and I wanted that to show through the music I was making.”

You can feel the optimism come through the synth-pop beats of “Company” as he sings, “Alone it feels strange, life is better with some company.”

This new single followed Mark’s usual songwriting process. He starts with a riff, turns it into a melody, and formulates the rest of the song around a word or phrase that comes naturally. “Before I know it, I have a song of what I’m truly thinking,” he says, adding that it’s like his subconscious is bringing his honest feelings into the lyrics. In the case of “Company,” Mark went for a walk and had his headphones in with a riff on loop, and was just listening to it over and over. To him, the song was born during that moment.

New York based artist Mark Ambor releases his latest single, Company.