A Miami veteran, Mark Knight has been one of the most in demand players on the South Beach strip for a decade. So who better to talk to about what Miami means to the house music scene and to Toolroom Records than the man himself... this is a great interview that covers Miami and the EDM scene from the perspective of a man who is well and truly at the controls;
Thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to be our Guest Reviewer. Can you please tell our readers where you are in the world right now and what you are up to?
Currently I'm sat in the office eating a bowl of soup, I'm on this mad detox diet…you have to eat soup 3 times a day!
Very healthy! Have you been preparing for Miami?
Very much so. Been in the studio with Funkagenda. We've not been in the studio together for nearly 2 years now. We thought it was about time to hook up and and do something for Miami. We've done something pretty big, I can't say too much about it at the moment but it is with a very famous Manchester band.
We’re absolutely loving the new Toolroom Miami album and would like to ask you a few questions about this important date in the house music lover’s diary. Firstly, when did you make your initial trip out there and how has the event changed for you over the years?
10 years ago was the first time I went and back then it was a lot more European. House music hadn't taken off so much in the States so it was predominately a European thing and what was good about it back then was that MWMC was much more oriented around breaking new music.
If you wanted to get a record to Deep Dish you had to go up and give them a piece of vinyl and say there you go… The parties were just a medium to promote that. Now it's flipped itself on the head. it's become more about statement events and what your event plans are for the rest of the year rather then the music. I'm really trying to push it back to it's original roots…
What’s your Miami schedule like this year and are there any particular events you can’t wait to check out that you’re not playing at?
I don't get there till Friday and then I'm gone by Sunday. I'm so busy in the studio trying to finish off an album. Usually I'd allow myself three of four days to enjoy myself but I've got to nail this album plus I've got a baby of eight months so scooting off for four days partying wouldn't go down too well in our house!
As one of the world’s biggest DJs and industry movers and shakers, we can imagine you’ve been to some pretty wild and over the top parties in Miami! Are there any tales of excess you can (legally) tell us about please!?
Errr crikey there's so many! I've always really enjoyed doing the marathon sets. You don't start till four in the morning and then you go on till two in the afternoon. We are usually a little bit worse for wear... thats for sure!
Back in the day Danny Tenaglia used to DJ for 24hrs straight at his legendary party in Miami, and anyone who lasted to the end got a t-shirt to prove it! Do you like playing long sets and how much planning goes into a marathon performance?
You have to do it in three sections really;
You do the first bit where you've got people coming from other clubs who are still on a bit of a high. So it's big at first and then you wind it down and groove it out for three or four hours and then you ramp it up a little bit towards the end with classics and tracks that people know.
We’re guessing you have some great weapons lined up on your hard drive for the Miami Toolroom Knights event as you’ll be playing alongside some pretty amazing producers like UMEK, Sander Van Doorn, Funkagenda and John Dahlback! They are going to have some pretty big tunes are you confident that your new material with Funkagenda is going to be the one that does the damage?
I like to think so. You never know but it's one of those ones when you are in the studio you get that kind of hair on the back of the neck vibe and this one has definitely had that. You do a lot of records and not all of them do that.
Is this track is going to be part of your artist album? Can you tell us when we can expect to see your artist album drop have you got a timeline planned?
Well not really. This is another album that I'm working on for something I'm doing with D.Ramirez. Something we've been working on for a year and a half now it's very much geared around taking it out as a live entity. It's completely different to what we normally do. Dean's not going this year so we're grabbing every minute we can to get as much done as possible.
Finally, this week Trackitdown has launched a revolutionary way to sell tickets. Every ticket buyer gets free music to download from the headliners who are performing. We are giving away Mark Knight tracks for your forthcoming gig in Wales at Time Flies.
Trackitdown then pays the label for each download from our booking fee.
Considering Mark Knight events might sell 100,000 tickets a year. Do you think that adding Toolroom music downloads to each ticket could be a good thing for the record label?
Absolutely I mean we've been working a model like that for a while now. We do our album launch parties and we offer a ticket, where the price includes the CD. It's £20 on the door for a ticket. But with when you get a before the night it's usually £15, but if you pay £19 you get a free album. We try to give something back in the ticket price.
And have you found that has been getting a good response?
Oh fantastic, it's just trying to get the promoters to come out of an old school mind set and start working in that way.
Giving ticket buyers at MOS events a free album makes everyone happy so we love the idea. It's a win win for everyone!
Mark Knight Reviews
Technically, Rene is one of the best producers in the world and this track epitomizes his class. This time teaming up with Ruel they deliver an amazing groove. Cannot wait to drop this at pool parties in Miami
One of the biggest records in my sets right now. Works everywhere...
Big record for me and Tijs from last year that gets a fantastic remix from rising talent Gina Star. A name to look out for in 2012
Two of my favorite producers right now team up for this bullet. Massive in my sets right now. Already doing big things
Awesome groove. An essential tech house purchase
Dean has been on fire of late and this new track is exactly what can expect to hear him play right now a disco Infused bomb.
Absolutely stunning piece of music, brilliant vocal.
Tiger Stripes is on fire at the moment and this is no exception. A deep, hypnotic groove with a sprinkling of Balearic flavours. Really like this...
Classic Nick Curly business
Quality Tech House, works really well on the dance floors...
Massive thanks to Mark Knight for his time and selection
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