Now a proud Australian resident, Dutch born MaRLo has enjoyed an impressive few years which has seen his popularity explode on a global scale and with some absolutely huge remixes including Ferry Corsten’s ‘Brainbox’ and ‘Punk’ and his own Beatport #1 track ‘The Island’ there’s no wonder MaRLo is causing a sensation wherever he goes. Joining the solid line up for Creamfields is the icing on the cake after a hectic few months for MaRLo and he was generous enough to take some time out to chat with Teknoscape’s Glen Canning about touring, music and of course, Creamfields.
You have to play to a different audience everytime you step up to the decks, is this something that is hard to do or something that comes naturally?
Depends on what mindset you go into with, I try to be really positive when I walk into a show. I love the music so much so when I’m playing I enjoy it!
After seeing you several times over the years one thing that has really stood out is your impressive technical skills whilst mixing, is this something you have been consciously working on or something that has just come with experience?
Anything that you do a lot of you will get good at it, if you want to get good at something then you just have to do it a lot, that’s all it is. I’ve been producing and DJing for a long time now so it becomes kind of like riding a bike, it comes naturally and you don’t even think about it.
You’ve got some massive gigs coming up across the globe, so tell me more about that
It kicks off in Canada for a week then I fly back to Melbourne for an all ages festival called Good Life Festival then I’ve got some gigs in the Ukraine, the UK – Ministry Of Sound, Gallery Turnmills and the big one which is A State Of Trance 550 and a few other shows around Australia like Canberra and Sydney, stuff like that and then of course the big Creamfields tour which I’m really excited about too!
Creamfields has always been a great festival here in Perth………..
Definitely, I think its a really strong line up, especially for trance; I think there’s something there for everyone, I think we’re all in for a lot of fun!
Let’s talk about that word ‘trance’, your sound particularly can’t be pigeon holed as ‘trance’, being very unique with a mash up of different styles which seems to be the way the sound is headed but then you have the cheesy pop trance giving it a bad name, do you think maybe its time to rename trance?
Above & Beyond tried to do that but they regret trying to do that, they were trying to call trance 2.0 and then they thought maybe that wasn’t the right term. It’s a just a name in the end and I don’t stick to the boundaries of it. For me trance is just the feeling of going through a journey or an experience of some sort. I mean you can have a trance experience to a totally different genre like at a rock concert or whatever so I treat it a lot more broader and of course I understand that if someone says trance that there’s a certain connotation attached to it and of course you’re going to expect around 130-140 bpm, lots of synths and stuff like that so I try to forget about all that and just try to make music that I like to make and I would like to hear if I was on the dance floor and not worry so much about boundaries like that.
Well in the case recently Armin approached me and asked if I’d remix one of his tunes and he sent to me and I loved it so I decided to work on it.
You’ve been doing exceptionally well with some huge remixes and of course your own productions as well…………….
Yeah I’ve got a 3 track EP coming out in a little over a week called Megalodon and that track has already been chosen to be on the A State Of Trance 2012 compilation and I’m pretty sure that will be the first time everyone will hear it when that comes out.
Are there any goals that you’re setting yourself to achieve in the next year or so?
Yeah I’d really like to start playing in America over the next 12 months, I think its a new market and a whole new crowd and they’re really excited about dance music at the moment so looking forward to getting over there!
Is the industry a real hard slog to make a decent living out of it?
I’m a funny guy……..
Ha ha ha ha, yeah I think if you really good at something and you’re doing really well within your scene you can make a living out of it.
Thanks for your time and look forward to seeing you at Creamfields!
Can’t wait to get back over to WA!
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