5 Minutes with… Marco V
Marco V has been around for many years and even though he has played in very differing locations, and with house-music constantly changing shape, Marco succeeded to create a genuine ‘Marco V’ sound. He is also a very successful and devoted producer; keywords people use about his career has always been; energetic, crowd-pleasing and high-quality. So to have little peek into the mind set of the man check out what happened when we caught up with Marco for a little chat.
If I could take you back to the beginning and ask you what first drew you to electronic music? What were/are your influences?
I suppose its very cliché but the passion for music got me into producing and DJing. I would have to say my first influences came from Hip-hop like Public Enemy and Chicago House.
Where was your first gig?
My first big gig was at Innercity in Amsterdam back in 1999.
Could you tell us about the processes that you go through when creating new music?
That’s different every time, mostly I get my inspiration when I’m DJing. If I miss a certain kind of track in my set that I want to play I try to produce that when I’m back in the studio. So that goes from big-room stuff to vocal tracks and the more techy stuff.
Where has been your favorite place to play?
I would have to say I really enjoy Asia in general, but also fond of Argentina as well, Buenos Aires in particular.
How do you feel the rise of digital software which has helped breed a new generation has affected electronic music?
I think it’s great that everyone has access to a lot of stuff (software and music). It has made the electronic music scene bigger than I could have ever imagined. Ok, the record sales went down a lot, but now we are able to travel and have gigs in places where the scene wouldn’t have been as good as it is now.
What do you do to relax?
Relax?? What’s that?
When I get a little time I don’t do much, maybe just watching some movies and stuff.
Have you any interesting/bizarre stories to tell from your time touring? Any DJ disasters early on in your career?
I am still surprised that in some countries the police can shut down a party even if the promoter has all the licences and everything. I had it happen once when I travelled for a Godskitchen party in Kuala Lumpur, and then again once in Moscow as well. I went home without playing one single song!
If you could play a gig literally anywhere and with anyone, where would you want to play and who with?
It would have to be on a beach, somewhere nice in Asia. I would like the line-up to be very diverse: Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox and Hardwell maybe.
Do you have any projects outside of music you could tell us about?
No sorry, but with me it’s all about music…
Who else’s music are you enjoying at the moment?
Well I still like to listen to Coldplay.
Are the any rising stars you’d recommend?
Yeah, David Puentez is really doing it for me at the moment.
What does the future hold for Marco V? Any collaboration or other big projects you can tell us about?
There are a few collabs in the pipeline, but more words about that when they are ready. The one that’s almost finished is a collab with Christian Burns. I’m really happy with the result of that one. Also the vocal version of my collab with the Italian Doctors in Florence will be out next month on Flamingo Recordings.