Great interview with Marco over on RA this week, check it out…
Great interview with Marco over on RA this week, check it out…
Being the very nice man that he is, Marco has shared with us an exclusive new edit, which is yours to download from The Pool Soundcloud. Make sure you follow us for more giveaways coming soon…
Marco also took time out to chat with The Pool’s Rob Needham ahead of a busy few weeks…
You currently reside in Amsterdam. Have you lived there all your life?
Not really, I used to move around a lot, but I have been living here for a good ten years now, long enough to call it my home I guess. I love this city.
What attracted you to amsterdam?
Its a pretty unique place. All the pros of a small city in term of getting around and stuff, and none of the cons a huge city, its pretty openminded, and an awesome musical hub. The city is not big enough that really isolated cliques can form, so everyone is kind of forced to interact with each other, in a good way. Its an amazing microcosm of weird characters doing their own thing.
were you heavily into music before you moved to amsterdam?
the small amount of skating videos i have seen have been soundtracked by punk or hip-hop
I actually listened to both punk stuff and hip-hop, which was not per se common. It wasn’t all that black and white though..
But I was also a pretty big closet geek and heavily into programming and would listen to a lot of Warpy electronic music cause it made you feel all smart while you were writing code!
So this was early 2000′s – what was the music & club scene in amsterdam like back then?
For me the club scene was pretty big on hip hop back then, lots of parties, and we had a fat beats record store here that fed a whole scene. A big part of the scene in amsterdam is rooted in hip hop..
when did you start to buy vinyl?
I guess early 2000′s, I didn’t even have a turntable back then, but it just made sense somehow ha.
then you bought 2 turntables at once?
After the whole hip hop scene thing sort of imploded here, there was a lot of room to play all kinds stuff. And I started doing some parties with friends, and kind of taught myself to play in a club. Which I think is a pretty good way to learn how to DJ, cause you’re not so anal on mixing at first and think more about selection.
Did you have a weekly residence?
Yeah a couple, usually bi-weekly or monthly, clubs like Studio 80, Flexbar, Club Up. A lot of backroom action, which was perfect to play long sets and a selection that went al over the place, disco, house music, psych, new age, early electronics whatever. Mind you, the parties I was involved in were usually not very successful haha, and left us in debt a lot of times, but I felt it was important that stuff like that was happening in Amsterdam.
so were you interested in where the samples came from when you were buying hip-hop? is this what led to you picking up all sorts of sounds?
Yeah, a bit, and i’ve always had super inspirational people around me with a very open minded mentality towards music, like my then DJ partner Orpheo, the Rush Hour family, so many people. The serious digging really came about when I met Tako just when he moved to Amsterdam, who now runs the amazing red light records store with Abel. He’s been a huge inspiration, and put me on to so much stuff. We used to do the heaviest listening sessions at his then tiny apartment, pretty much tripping our balls off listening to new age music.
Is amsterdam good for digging up old records?
I’ve found some amazing stuff in amsterdam, but i’ve found amazing stuff everywhere, I don’t go out looking for this one rare record, I don’t care, you can find something great in every shop, whether its dollar bin jams or some expensive overpriced record. When it sounds good it sounds good.
What kind of stuff you been digging for? Care to share any recent discoveries?
Whatever I run into, but lately i’ve been really into finding proto housey stuff, accidental dance music, which is super interesting for me cause it is really naive and functional. Stuff on libraries obviously or soundtracks for interpretive dance haha. Or some 80′s record and the track I like most is probably intended as filler. But these tracks stood the test of time much more than the other tracks because the guy was just not thinking too much and going for it, you know?
So what led you into production?
I just started buying some gear. The first thing I bought was a poly 800, then I borrowed my friend Parra’s MPC2000xl (which im still using today, thanks Piet!) Then I just kept buying shit and jamming out, but I was only buying cheap affordable stuff, which I found a bit embarrassing at first cause all these guys around me had expensive moogs and stuff, but I soon realized that all the tracks I really like are made on crappy cheap stuff. Its ridiculous that people pay 2000 bucks for some monophonic overhyped thing when you can buy a fucking Wavestation for 150 euros..
And your productions. they are quite heavy on ethnic sounds..reaching for some other worldly ambience?
Hmm yeah I guess, but not really consciously. I just listen to weird stuff all day, which probably bleeds into the stuff I’m making.
I like it when tracks are super intuitive, and I kind of force myself to make music in that way….its all jams, I don’t really ‘produce’ tracks. I just press record, and jam out with some machines, tiny bit of editing and thats it. No tough decisions. I don’t really try to make music for clubs or anything, just stuff that tells it like it is…
You have just released your 2nd ep for ESP. How did the hook up with Lovefingers come about? what do you think of the label?
I guess I know Andrew through Tako, and he came over and played one of the parties I was involved in.
I took a break with DJing for a while to kind of focus more on making music, which was super liberating, cause I stopped making music for this utopian imaginary club and just made stuff that really meant something to me. ESP just seemed a perfect fit, theres no boundaries, no genres, and total freedom. There is not many labels around these days that would be willing to take the risk of releasing the stuff Andrew’s releasing.
Great to have you on board and thanks for the great mix. Can you tell us a little about the tracks you put on there…
Its not very conceptual or anything, just me playing a couple of records.
Some newer stuff i’m digging, some old stuff too. I was blown away recently by this david van tieghem record thats in there, which is a piece of mindboggling proto house.
And also the track at the end, which I had to cut short because of a dusty needle, is this crazy jacking south african track which im really digging.
Anyways, thanks dudes… glad to be aboard!
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The long awaited remix album drops next week! with stunning versions from some real heavy hitters.
Following last years acclaimed Curse of Soft Rocks album, ESP invites you to revisit said masterpiece from an alternative entry – a robust compilation of remixes. Each track is wildly re-contextualized leaving us with a beautifully obtuse yet complimentary rendering. The personnel employed range from household names like Andrew Weatherall and Justin Vandervolgen to lesser-knowns, all varying in style and technique – such is the ethos of Soft Rocks and furthermore, the ESP Institute itself. We consider the curse of Soft Rocks and The Revenge of Soft Rocks to be pivotal modern works of art.
To listen to clips of the album check here – REVENGE OF SOFT ROCKS
New Soft Rocks 12″ is almost upon us, and very very good it is too…
After years, this vinyl-wielding 4-piece originating from Brighton — the one and only Soft Rocks — have finally committed their collective wit to a slew of original tunes. “We Hunt Buffalo Now” is a punky dub monster serving as the first single in a series surrounding their imminent debut album, “The Curse of Soft Rocks”.
In an age where any laptop-savvy poseur can upload their bland nu-disco or faux-Chi-house directly to a cesspool of digitally downloadable fodder, it is more than refreshing to hear this cheeky bunch blending a mixed bag of instrumentation and obscure influences so recklessly.
Guest vocals are provided by San Francisco post-punk hero Jorge Socarras (vocalist of Indoor Life and songwriter for Patrick Cowley). In case that wasn’t enough, flip her over for the genius remix by Andrew Weatherall, a bonafide glam stomper that slaps you across the face with a fuzzy bassline and greaseball guitar chords. Pure class.