If you’ve been anywhere near an electronic music event in the past few years, the likelihood is that at least one point during the evening you will have been moving to the hypnotic sounds of Marco Lys.
Born and raised in Italy’s legendary Venice, Marco Lys’s reputation has been forged on endless days in the studio perfecting his unique sound of electro tinged house, and demand for his sound has continued to grow with every piece of production that he works his magic on. TID managed to lock Marco down for a guest review and here's what he had to say...
Thanks very much for taking time out to speak to us! Can you tell the readers where you are in the world today and what you’ve been up to over the last 7 days?
Thanks for catching up with me. Well at the moment I’m in my studio in Italy working hard to finish a remix before a little holiday, then it's a very busy week in Helsinki, London and Ibiza. I’ve spent the last 7 days working in the studio and in Pag Island with my buddy Chris Lake.
One of your biggest tracks from last year was an update of the legendary warehouse rave classic Moby Go! At what stage did you enter the scene? Were you around to experience the 'RAVE' phenomenon first hand or if not what were your early experiences of Electronic Dance Music ?
I experienced the house and rave scene along time ago since its early stages, initially as a listener then as a dj, most of my experience were in italian clubs. I still remember when I used to play the original ‘GO’ on vinyl!
You are originally from Venice in Italy! How does the scene in the UK compare to that of your native country?
The Italian scene is good in some areas, especially in some parts in the south, we also have some great producers doing really well around the world but I have to say the UK scene is one step beyond, people are more into the music.
You’ve been in the game for a very long time and had the opportunity to release & remix on some of the biggest labels inc Positiva, Rising Music, Nebula, Oxyd, Audio Therapy, Defected, Rise, Strictly Rhythm, Great Stuff and Toolroom amongst others. Is there any particular artist or label you still aspire to work with?
It's an honour for me to have worked with all those labels, some of which I have always dreamed about working with.
There are actually some other labels I love and respect and still haven't had the opportunity to release or remix tracks, names like 1605, Stealth, Cadenza and Skint. There are also some producers I really like and would like to work with, Kaiserdisco, Jay Lumen, Pete Tong, Joris Voorn and a singer I really love is Robyn.
Which all time production do you feel is your personal best or one that hold’s the most special memories for you?
There are some of them that are still giving me deep emotions and I consider my best works. The Franky Knuckles' “Your Love” cover I did under the name Lys & Gigi S in 2003 on Oxyd Rec. It did really well and opened some doors for me in the world. The remix I did for My Digital Enemy's “Wasted” in 2007 is probably my best work ever. “La Tromba” with Chris in 2009, was something we felt strong about since the initial stages.
You have become heavily associated with Chris Lake and the Rising Music Label in recent times. How did this association come about initially and what does the future hold for this working relationship?
We met thanks to my remix for My Digital Enemy's “Wasted” 5 years ago, he was one of the first djs to support the track on his featured mix on BBC1, I tried to contact him on myspace to say thanks and he got back to me saying it was one of his favourite tracks of the moment! We kept in touch and after few months he released my first work on Rising: “Speechless”. After that release things developed and we started to work regularly together releasing the first of our collab: “Violins”. 2012 has seen Chris moving to LA so it's less easy for us to work in the same studio together and both of us are very busy with our own projects, I hope the dream team will come to work together again very soon!
What does your equipment list consist of when performing a show?
It's pretty much simple: 1 mixer and 10 cd players I use at the same time with hands, tounge and feet... ok, let's be serious: I use mixer pioneer djm 900 and cdjs 2000, I'm an old school dj and still enjoy playing cds.
From your vantage point at the very top of the EDM world, do you think this current explosion in places like the USA and chart success for all kinds of electronic beats will continue to see more and more success for the scene over the next 12 months or more?
In the music industry things change so fast nowadays so it's not easy to see the future. What you say is true in the case of electro house and progressive house. The EDM World is definitely going to continue to surprise us with more changes in the years to come.
With the Ibiza season now firmly underway can you tell us about where Marco Lys will be appearing on the island this year & how do you think 2012 will compare to previous years?
It's always amazing for me to play in Ibiza, it's a place I love! I will play at Eden the 27th of July at Kinky Malinki party alongside the mighty David Penn and Grant Nalder, I can't wait to see what will come out from this team! Ibiza keeps getting fresher and riper with each passing year.
You will be appearing at the House Rules/Rising Music party in the Captial on the 21st July. What can the London fans expect from Marco Lys on the night ?
A very groovy set of new and exclusive cuts from myself, the Rising producers, and some of the best newcomers on the scene. But you'll have to be there to find out.
Finally, we’re definitely having a renaissance of the superstar DJ age! What’s the most superstar thing Marco Lys has done over the last 12 months?
My daughter Teresa!
Big thanks to Marco Lys for taking the time out to sepak with us.
You can catch Marco Lys at 'House Rules Presents Rising Music Label Party' along with Chris Lake and Nelski at Fire in London this Saturday, the 21st of July. Grab your tickets here!
Marco Lys's Track recommendations
This is the first collaboration with the guys from Brighton, it works great everytime I play it, I can use it to start a set or in the middle of it when I wanna go on another music direction.
This track is from my latest ep, it's house, it's funky, it's techy, all the things a love. I remember when I've played for the first time at Mansion in Southed (UK), people went totally crazy!
Jay never go wrong and this is one of my favourite from the last months, I love the energy the track gives to the crowd.
I've played it at Club Warehouse in London and worked great! It's something standing out in my opinion.
This one is from the album i've made with Chris Lake nearly 2 years ago. I don't know why but this is the one girls love the most! Play it and watch with your eyes what I mean!
I use this bullet when the crowd needs to go harder, i've done the breakdowns with just a purpouse in mind: let the people scream. Seeing the dancefloors I think I've got it!
If I have to use a word to describe this remix i've done with Prok & Fitch it should be 'beast'! No matter if I play it on a small club or to a big crowd, It rocks all the times!
This is one of the biggest track from my friend Federico and this new remix gives it a new life. I've played it for the first time at Summer City Festival 2012 in Gdansk and was impressive to see crowd reaction!
I love everything from Kaiserdisco. I consider this track like one of my secret weapons, it's not new and probably a less knowed work from them but it works everytime great!
I like Format:B and Uto Karem and it's great to see both names on this track! The original worked great on my sets, this new versions is not less.
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