Hey Marcus. Thanks for chatting with OzClubbers. Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer some questions for us.
Most welcome, thank you guys for reaching out!
You’ve been referred to as one of the fastest rising stars in Australia’s dance music scene. What’s it like hearing things like this?
It is beyond surreal to hear things like that because you just never expect it. For me, I’ve always just done my thing and worked on my music because it’s my passion, I never thought it’d turn into something that people from all around the world are appreciating and listening to and it is definitely inspiring hearing people say nothing but great things! It certainly keeps me grounded and keeps me motivated and hungry for more.
How would you describe your sound to someone that hadn’t heard your music?
My sound is quite simply full of melodies. What drives me to produce the music I make is having a sense of feeling and connection rather than just a bunch of random sounds being glued together. It’s progressive, groovy, euphoric, uplifting and full of good vibes. Genre-wise, you can find it along of the lines of Progressive House, Big Room and Trance.
Tell us about how you got into electronic music. Do you remember your first couple of gigs in the early days?
Music was always a big part of my upbringing as a kid, more specifically, dance music. My father was a DJ back in the late 70s and early 80s so disco-funk was always played at home. As time went by, I discovered artists like Daft Punk and around 2003-2004 I discovered artists such as Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Axwell, Above & Beyond, Dirty South and I guess you could say the rest is history!
I still remember my first gig like it was yesterday. It was on April 13, 2011 at the Sydney Olympic Park for an under 18 music festival called ‘ID’. It was a surreal feeling flying to Sydney to play a gig (for free by the way) for the first time since I am from Melbourne, but it’s still a memory I hold most close to me throughout my musical career.
What are your thoughts on the Melbourne electronic scene at the moment? Melbourne sees all the large scale events but is it keeping it underground too? What about Sydney?
I think right now, the electronic music scene in Melbourne has gone back underground and I personally think that’s where it works best. Obviously for artists who play a bit more ‘main-room’ such as myself, it does get a bit hard to showcase but that’s where the larger shows come into play and I’m absolutely grateful for that! Sydney is where I feel most comfortable on a music front. I think going back to the previous question about my first show, I do feel I have a strong connection with the Sydney scene and the fans there but yes, there is a vast comparison with Melbourne & Sydney in terms of the scene.
What are your thoughts on the revival of trance that seems to be happening now?
I think it’s great! Trance was one of the first styles of electronic music that I heard and was apart of, I guess you could say it was my “inception into dance music”. I really love what I am hearing out there from artists not only around the world, but in Australia too. It’s creating a lot more opportunities now for the next generation of artists who are keeping it alive.
We’re chatting to you from Brisbane and while we don’t see as many of the bigger events like Melbourne and Sydney do, we still get quality artists coming here but just in smaller more intimate venues. We have a strong trance following here. Do you have any thoughts on keeping the scene going and growing it for smaller cities such a Brisbane?
I certainly miss playing in Brisbane, it’s always going to be one of my favourite cities in Australia! I haven’t been in a while, but from what I’ve seen it’s definitely growing. You have the team over at Eden really making a difference bringing in some of the hottest acts right now and I think that’s incredibly healthy for the scene to grow and become a super strong community.
What was it like being invited as a guest mixer on Above & Beyond’s ‘Group Therapy’ radio show including doing the ‘Push The Button’ feature??
Unbelievable! I remember receiving the email at around 4am saying how urgently it needed to be done so I quickly got up in the early hours of the morning and got straight to work. Above & Beyond were the first artists in the Trance scene to pick up my new direction and having their support has been nothing short of amazing, especially since I never thought they’d be such big supporters along the way. And to all the fans who listen to ABGT and voted for me on Push The Button…that’s another surreal feeling knowing my music has connected with them on some level.
Who’s your favourite artist or producer right now?
This year has certainly been full of nothing but amazing music, so it is definitely hard to pick a favourite but I’d say right now ARTY has been doing the rounds for me. I love melodic music as I mentioned and he always delivers, especially with his alias ALPHA 9 which always works well in my DJ sets. Coming out of Australia though I’d say WILL K, he’s currently living in the UK but he’s working on some incredible music and making tremendous waves and as one of my best friends I could not be more proud than to see that happening.
Finally, what do you listen to in your downtime?
I think as a producer, you don’t want to over-do your ears with the same vibes 24/7 so in my ‘downtime’ I like to listen to more Indie/Folk vibes. Artists such as London Grammar, Coldplay, Jon Hopkins for example and recently I discovered an artist under the name of SHAED.
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Symbiotic is excited to announce that Australian & International favourite MaRLo as well as fellow Aussie Marcus Santoro, will be joining Showtek at their Melbourne show this November.
Leaving a mark on charts, dance floors and music enthusiasts the world over, Dutch born / Aussie MaRLo backs up the #1 Best Trance DJ and #2 overall DJ in Australia with no justification required. From Beatport #1’s, escaping the studio, to headlining some of the most sought after dance events in the world, MaRLo is influencing trance, tech trance and progressive house music like no other. With a solid European beginning, now Australian residing MaRLo took inspiration from pioneers Mauro Picotto, Aphex Twin, Ferry Corsten and The Prodigy where the studio came before the shows and a live act was how he ignited. Driving an incredible talent in the studio, he has risen to striking heights claiming top chart spots. Signed to Armin van Buuren’s ‘Armada Music A State of Trance Recordings’ proudly boast releases that have taken the world by storm, with Armin personally noting that MaRLo knows how to program the best lead sounds.
Having already picked up more than a dozen plays and invited as a guest mixer on Above & Beyond’s ‘Group Therapy’ radio show including the coveted ‘Push The Button’ feature, Melbourne’s Marcus Santoro proves why he is becoming known as one of the fastest rising artists in today’s Australian dance music scene. Full of delicate, building chords, soothing atmospherics and an undeniable groove, he has truly laid the down the law on musical enthusiasts and their playlists globally.
Unstoppable, the Santoro profile has been tapped by Swedish House Mafia maestro's Axwell /\ Ingrosso with releases on: Axtone, Armada, Revealed, Sony Music, Enhanced and most recently, gaining the attention of Armin van Buuren on his highly respected ‘A State Of Trance’ radio show, where his studio aptitude is imprinting itself on airwaves globally.
Dutch duo, Showtek, in conjunction with Symbiotic, have announced an exclusive Australian show for one night only, in which they will be showcasing a musical spectrum from their early years until today.
Flirting with the Hardstyle sound with performances at Defqon.1 and Knockout Circuz, fans will be treated with two special sets from Showtek exhibiting their current sound, as well their hardstyle sound, with classic hits such as ‘FTS’ and ‘Expansion.’
"We are so excited for this show. We love our Australian Fans, who have been supporting us from the beginning. So, to all the Showtek fans around Australia, come check us out and experience a night for the books. We will be playing the full spectrum of the Showtek sound, from FTS to BOOYAH, to our newest upcoming singles. We can’t wait" - SHOWTEK
With more than 15 years under their belts, Showtek continue to develop their musical evolution and transform their diverse styles. With crowd favourites such as: ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Booyah’ creating international attention and ‘Bad’ having dominated international charts and going platinum in Australia, it resulted in countless new fans across the globe.
Today, Showtek is recognized as undisputed leaders within the electronic dance music genre. This night will complement the entire spectrum of the Showtek sound.
Showtek – Past to Present – Australia
Friday 2nd November – Festival Hall, Melbourne
Featuring Australian / International talent: MaRLo & Marcus Santoro
Truly sad news, one of the best drum and bass producers died earlier this week, who he died is still unclear.
DRS and LSB doing some foundraising for his funeral and supporting the family he left here:
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Dastardlyd posted an article in Magazine,At first glance, Brisbane DJ DefWill appears to be going from strength to strength, balancing university studies, events management roles for festivals like Splendour in the Grass, Rabbits Eat Lettuce and Live Large, DJing some of the deepest techno rhythms at some of the primest techno parties on the east coast of Oz and also that he has never let the fact that he is deaf hold him back. Though if one takes the time to look (and talk) a little deeper it becomes clear that he, like many of us, carries burdens that are well beyond his control and the weight of which has been known to bring even the strongest of us down.
New OzClubbers writer Dastardly Kuts gets deep with DefWill.
NathanJones posted an article in Magazine,From the DJ’s perspective; since Larry Levan’s early days at the Paradise Garage, the remix – or playing different versions of songs – was one of the first notable aspects of what we now know as DJ Culture. His ethic of refreshing successful dancefloor movers in the late seventies passed down generations of DJ has been long-established as almost a perfunctory task, almost a must-do to be undertaken by the disk jockey.
BrendanClay posted a topic in Sydney,Here is a fresh new mix from us—and one that definitely gives us the warm and fuzzies!
So, our 'Attic' brand as a whole, the music we push—and, indeed, Andrew and I as individual DJs—is often centred around music on the lower, slower, deeper, warm-up tip. That is a label we've always worn with pride.
Elektropanda posted an article in Magazine,Recently I got to go check out the official Outlook Festival Queensland launch party in Brisbane. Presented by Quality Street Byron Bay, the event concept paid tribute to one of Europe’s most exciting Drum and Bass festivals and is a celebration of sound system culture.
Nobody has received reputation this week.