How One Man Used Music To Aid His Recovery

By Victoria Kim 03/13/18

Free classes at a local library helped a Syracuse man find his passion and beat his addiction.

Man producing electronic music in project home studio.

Music saved a Syracuse man by giving him a purpose and a way to honor his late friend.

Seven months ago, 32-year-old Marcus Suraci discovered that he had a knack for producing music. At the time he was searching for his purpose in life, and was grieving the loss of his best friend, Charlie.

Until then, Suraci had struggled to find his way. A lack of guidance and drug use led to trouble, he said, and two years in prison for a felony charge.

“I started trying to be an adult at a very young age and didn’t have a lot of guidance, so I made some very poor decisions. I found drugs to be an outlet,” he said, according to The Daily Orange. “I was in and out of rehabs and in and out of halfway houses.”

Suraci was determined to find his calling. He immersed himself in free classes at the local library. “I started taking like every free class they offered. I was like a sponge,” he said, according to CNY Central. He eventually came across a class that taught him how to use GarageBand, and he was soon producing his own beats.

Music made him feel closer to his late friend, who was a music producer, Suraci’s mother explained. “Marcus wanted to go back and find out who Charlie really was inside, so he would go to his house and try to play some of his music,” she said.

Learning how to make music was a promise Suraci had made to himself after Charlie’s death. It would help keep his memory alive. “I made this commitment to myself after [Charlie’s] passing that I will figure out how to make music,” said Suraci. “I knew I couldn’t let it go. I didn’t want to let it go with him.”

The budding music producer, who goes by King Makis, already produced his first album Eyes to the Sky after being signed by Nice FM, a Milwaukee-based electronic music label, in November.

“My dreams are literally becoming a reality,” he said. This wasn’t so clear before he discovered music. "People would always tell me: ‘You’re going to do something. You’re going to be something.’ And no one could really tell me what it was.”

Suraci now gives back to the library program that helped him launch his music career, by teaching a few classes himself. “I want to help people there to realize it’s possible to do exactly what I did.”

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