Meet the press: Marcus K. Dowling

Marcus Dowling’s journalism career started 25 years ago. His early years involved writing for Providence College’s student newspaper, and eventually working across numerous sites in the blogosphere.
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Marcus Dowling’s journalism career started 25 years ago. His early years involved writing for Providence College’s student newspaper, and eventually working across numerous sites in the blogosphere.

“I just found a lot of the culture and fashion to be a ‘remix’ of urban culture from places that were traditional Black meccas.”

Marcus has now gravitated to an opinionated journalism style that has gifted readers with a perspective that is rare in the world of music and culture. A native Washingtoninan, Marcus curiously noticed the trend of White hipsters mirroring Black culture in the early 2000s.

He continued, “This hipster dance period was mostly composed of white teenagers and producers essentially making very stereotypically hyper-urban Black music. I had to document this evolution.”

Marcus quickly became fully absorbed into the culture as a freelancer covering underground and mainstream music. He has gone on to write for countless outlets, including Vice, Complex, and Spotify. Since 2019, he has written for The Bridge, telling emergent stories about the next iconic figures and events shaping the future of D.C. culture.

“There has to be fun to it (writing) or you’re going to drive yourself absolutely crazy and be very tired,” Marcus told The Bridge.

Marcus said he will remember 2020 as being phenomenal. He used this unprecedented year to diversify his body of work, diving into country music via Country Music Television and the Nashville Scene.

He also documented the history of Chicago house music for Mixmag, all from the confines of his home in the District.

As Marcus explained to The Bridge, “All of the work this year has been once in a lifetime stuff that I could never imagine doing if it were not for the time and space in which we find ourselves.”

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