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Interview with DJ M4RC


 

ElectroWelt: Hello Marc! I am very happy to make this interview with you!
Please tell us,when have you started as a musician? How did you come
to associate with music generally?


I first got my start as a vocalist actually and used to sing (scream)
for a few local (LA) bands in the late 90s. I sang for a S.O.D. style
punk/metal crossover band and wound up doing a few live shows with
that band. I briefly also did vocals for a death metal project that
never really went anywhere either. I got my first taste of drumming
while using a friend’s kit in his garage but never really took the
time to develop it or pursue it that much. Back then it was just for
fun really.
 
I only got a serious start in music in late 2003 early 2004 via DJing
of all things. I’d been DJing locally in Los Angeles and did Mash up
Remix of Manufactura and Kate Mosh which was included on a
compilation. From there I really got into music production but my
studio setup at the time was really amateur and I had a nasty habit of
killing computers so I never really got very far with it!
 
Later in early 2005 I finally did acquire some useable gear through
that time and did my first gig ever as a drummer with Manufactura
later that year. Shortly after that I did a few other gigs, the most
notable from that period was with Terrorfakt in LA. I joined Grendel
early next the year (2006) for a US Tour.
 
Nowadays, aside from Live Drumming duties with Grendel I also play
live drums for Statik Sky who’s also from the Netherlands. I also
still play with Terrorfakt if and whenever geography allows us to. And
I’ve also done quite a few guest appearances here and there with
various friends such as, Modulate, Caustic, Reaper & Kiew. 


ElectroWelt: What about your music inspirations and influences?
Favourite Artists, Bands, Musicians?


That’s one hell of a long list hahahaha!

I’d say some of my early inspirations in regards to Electronic
Music/Industrial/EBM were Wumpscut, Skinny Puppy and Front Line
Assembly. Velvet Acid Christ, Hocico, and Gridlock also left a lasting
impression on me as well.

Some of my current artists in heavy rotation are Kamui, Nomad, Dryft,
Solar Fields, Hank Williams III, Johnny Cash, Hurts, Tommy Pulse,
Komor Kommando, Soman and BK.

I also listen to huge variety of other genres so it’s a mixed bag
really. Everything from Hip Hop to Country, Punk, Metal, Hardcore,
Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Trance, House, Hard Dance and way too many
others to list.

ElectroWelt: You have your own project called 'SYMBIOTE''. What can
you tell us about it?


Symbiote’s my own little project which I’ve been working on for the
past year or so.

I’m aiming to have a 4 song demo released next year. I also did a
remix for Nahctmahr which was released on their Madchen in Uniform EP
this year.

It’s taken a long time for me to get to a point where I feel confident
that I can put out something which I’ll be satisfied with and that I
think other people will enjoy as well however I’ll need to be
satisfied with it first before I let anything out.

When it does come out I'm hoping it'll be well received!

Musically it’s going in more of a hard dance/contemporary direction as
this is my focus these days. I’m a sucker for sick grooves and shuffle
beats and love creating them myself. Overall though but it’ll still
have a bit of that industrial edge to it - a bit of dirt and noise in
the mix never hurts! >)

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ElectroWelt: You are a professional musician. In your line of work you
have met other famous artists. Would you share some memories with us?

One of my favourite memories was WGT in 2007. I played with Grendel in
the Werk II in front of approximately 2000 people which was beyond
amazing and it was an absolutely mental show!
Right after that I did a special guest with Kiew which was very cool
but afterwards I nearly collapsed from the heat and exhaustion!

ElectroWelt: Apart from performing music you are also a DJ , and a
quite famous one actually! When have you started? What kinds of music
you mainly spin?


I did my first amateur gig in 2000, back then I had no idea what
proper DJing was but I quickly got hooked and spent the better part of
the next 2 years honing my skills. Some of my first professional gigs
were in 2002 and 2003 and I still jump at the chance to DJ a club
whenever it presents itself.

I mostly spin the harder edged EBM and Industrial and throw in a mix of Noise and Hard Dance tunes. Songs that I spin have to a certain feel and edge to them otherwise
they wind up in the proverbial dust bin. You'll get a first hand feel for it in Athens shortly!

ElectroWelt: What about the venues/clubs you have djed?

I’ve been lucky to DJ at some very well known clubs in the past. I’ve
guest DJd at Das Bunker in Los Angles several times. I had my own
residency at a club called Infirmary which was also in the Southern
California area and I also guest DJd at Albion in New York City a few
times when I briefly lived in New York in 2006.

In Europe I’ve done guest spots at Synapsi in Helsinki, the Vampire
Party in Antwerp on quite a few occasions, TOG in Gdansk, No Mercy in
Warsaw and several different parties in Holland.

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ElectroWelt: You are an active musician long enough to notice the
changes in the underground scene. What do you think has changed the
last decade in the scene?


I think the scene is moving towards a more party/rave style
environment especially since the music has become more and more dance
oriented over the past several years which is not a bad thing to me at
all.

At the same time you’re seeing a larger number of acts and bands
emerging than ever before and this has diluted everything quite a bit.
Bands and producers are really going to need to branch out and make
themselves unique in order get noticed.

ElectroWelt: So Marc,You are a musician and a Dj. How's a life full of music like yours?

I spend most of my time these days actually practicing sound design,studying music theory, writing music and looking for new and exciting acts in all
the nooks and crannies of the Internet. My girlfriend and Video Games get an even larger chunk of my time. Exciting isn't it?

ElectroWelt: One thing musicians and DJs go through is traveling! So while on a plane before a concert or a guest dj set,what do you usually do?

Usually - I'm sleeping!

 

ElectroWelt: When you're djing,what sub genres clubbers mainly ask you to spin? What's more popular in your experience?

My #1 rule when DJing is say you'll play the request and then never actually spin it! There's ton of songs ands tracks out there which haven't even been touched yet and to me part of being a DJ is to entertain and the other half is to educate. However I have gotten requests which made perfect sense in the moment and they wound up getting played. It really depends on how many drinks I've had>)

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ElectroWelt: What about the process of composing music & lyrics with your project ''Symbiote'' ? Are you behind it?
What's the main theme of your lyrics?


The name and concept refers to the direction in which I think
technology is headed. At some point in the future I firmly believe we
will see human and machine hybrids fully utilizing wetware and we’re
already seeing this sort of technology in its infancy.

I'm not really planning on doing vocals with project, it's going to be primarily an instrumental project. If I do any vocals on it it's going to have to be something spectacular.

ElectroWelt: You have probably visited most of the European festivals concerning the dark electronic scene? Which one you consider to be the best?

Some of my faves have been Infest in the UK and Summer Darkness in Holland. I quickly learned at my first festival that the social aspect and meeting new people often winds up to be the most rewarding part.

ElectroWelt: You have participated in many gigs around Europe & USA. Do you remember big bands you have performed with?

That's an even longer list! Off hand I've shared stages with a multitude of bands ranging from Combichrist to Leaether Strip. I've met a lot of musical idols of mine in the process and had a lot of fun.
It's been a very rewarding experience and I consider myself lucky to have gotten the chance!

ElectroWelt: What's the different between Europe and USA when it comes to djing or performing?What's your opinion?

My experiences have been that they are pretty much the same, the American and European scenes have a lot more in common than most people would think really.

ElectroWelt: Any future plans concerning your involvement?

As usual I’ll be out causing trouble(and probably getting into it) somewhere >)

ElectroWelt: Thank you very much for your answers and your time Marc!
Can't wait to see you on decks at Seven Sins club!


Thanks, and see you on Saturday! >)

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DJ M4RC

will have his Guest Dj set in Athens Greece

at Seven Sins Club

marc 13 Nov

 

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