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The Drifter, otherwise known as Mark Flynn, is an Irish DJ, producer, and singer raised in a countryside town near Dublin. Growing up, Flynn would dabble in choirs and rock bands alongside close friend Mano Le Tough, before going to university and being exposed to dance music. Today The Drifter is a fond purveyor of the melodic and mesmerising breed of electronic music, and is now based in the thriving city of Berlin where he runs the Maeve label alongside co-founders Mano Le Tough and Baikal – a label which despite being in its infancy has already hosted names such as Matthew Dekay, Dixon and Ripperton.

As well as Maeve, his own productions have appeared on imprints such as Tigers On A Leash, Lossless, and Permanent Vacation, and his voice has even been lent to the likes of Jacob Korn, Slow Hands, Erdbeerschnitzel, Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt, and Baikal. Now, as the summer gets into full swing The Drifter’s momentum shows no symptoms of faltering, with a string of remixes set to arrive over the next few months whilst his touring schedule sees him live up to him musical moniker, touching down in America, Germany and Brazil in the near future.

As astute in the DJ booth as the studio, it’s with a great deal of excitement that we welcome the Drifter to our podcast series as he shifts through the gears to deliver a fresh set of cuts for you to wrap your ears around.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
Start slow, gradually build it up. some old, some new.

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
I like them all but I do love when the bassline drops in Joy Orbison’s remix of Jungle. I really like this tune but haven’t played it out so much as it’s quite slow. It was nice to be able to put it in the mix.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
I wanted to make a mix with tunes that i’ve had for a while that i love but haven’t played them out alot for some reason or another. Some are old and some newer but it didn’t matter. Just that they fit the mix.  I wanted to make a different type of mix than some of my other mixes lately, not an all new and promos dj mix. I think the mix has a lil bit of a rougher sound, lots of arps at times. starting slow and building things up.  These types of tunes are the special ingredient for me.

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
I’ve had some really good gigs lately that I’m delighted about. One of them was a great gig in Robert Johnson a few weeks ago. It was a Maeve night with Mano Le Tough and myself. Super vibes. It is the perfect small intimate club.


What have you got coming up?

Remixes coming out on Culprit and Alex Niggemann’s Aeon. And another couple more remixes in the works that i’m excited about. Then E.P’s for Maeve and Permanent Vacation later in the year. And lots of gigs that I’m really looking forward to.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Have a great summer and enjoy the mix!

Tracklisting
Thomash – Candomble
I:Cube – 109 BPM
Ra-X – THE Opium DEN Part VII
Drvg Cvltvre – Hermes Russia
In Fields – Stage 14
SwitchSt(d)ance – Acean
Parple – Parple #1
The Revenge – Vorderman
Jungle – The Heat (Joy Orbison Remix)
Etienne Jaumet – Metallik Cages (Gilb’R Bonus Beats)
DrumTalk – Euphonia
Abstraxion & Kasper Bjørke – Origami
Carreno is LB – Step 5 (Andre Bratten’s Half Life 2 Gravity Tool)
Sfire – Last Chance (John Talabot’s Warehouse Dub)
Eduardo De La Calle – Against Kaliya
Tornado Wallace – Ferntree Gully
Mattheis – Ls
Ghost Culture – Giudecca (Gabe Gurnsey / Factory Floor Remix)
Dave DK – Smukke Lyde

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