LABELS: Voltage Musique / My Favourite Freaks Music
Co-owner of Voltage Musique Records, Berlin based MARQUEZ ILL aka ARQUETTE is better known for his DJ and production skills. Not restricting himself to his native Berlin, Marquez was influenced by the scenes of Cologne as well as Belgium and the Netherlands when he moved there for a couple of years.
Nowadays behind the decks everywhere he’s best known for his productions with numerous vocalists like Leigh Myles, Bright Light Bright Light, Onosizo and Jessica Care Moore where he combines his love for early House music with 10 years experience as a Hip Hop DJ and producer.
Marquez‘ deep, soulful and refreshingly original take on electronic music has resulted in his tracks being played by Laurent Garnier, Markus Kavka, Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles, Hans Nieswandt, Phonique, Tigerskin, Dirt Crew, Jay Lumen, Sidney Charles, Hernan Cattaneo, Pole Folder, Jody Wisternoff, Kassey Voorn, Paul Hazendonk, Tom Novy, Solee, Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner, The Glitz, Aka Aka, Beth Lydi, Felix Cage, Franco Bianco among others.
Hello mate! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Since we (Voltage Musique Records) have just released a new Dole & Kom EP and the debut EP by T.M.A is around the corner I have to take care of the online business duties of a label manager/owner.
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
My current release is the label compilation “Marquez Ill Presents Voltage Musique Essentials” with 26 original tracks and remixes. Besides that there are remixes for DkA vs. Hollis P Monroe on Voltage Musique Records and for M.F.S: Observatory on My Vision Records out.
Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
My first collaboration with female vocalist Leigh Myles from Scotland (SOMA) received lots of attention back then. Laurent Garnier, Markus Kafka and Tom Novy played it to name a few. “Regret” was originally part of a 4 track 12” vinyl compilation. Eventually we had to re-release the tune alongside remixes by Tigerskin, The Glitz and Vector Lovers.
The most plays on Soundcloud though receives my collaboration “All It Takes” with Bright Light Bright Light. He’s originally from the UK but lives in New York now and tours with Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, Scissor Sisters and Sir Elton John.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned?
I’m currently working on new material and I have some collaboration projects in the pipeline.
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience. What is your favourite city or country and why?
To me playing somewhere outside Germany is always exciting in a way. All I can say is that I enjoy playing in eastern countries, for example Wroclaw, Poland. The vibe is similar to what we had in the 90s and the people really care about the music. On the other hand I won’t miss the hospitality of my Brussels family.
What were your TOP 5 gigs so far?
Sisyphos (Berlin): I like playing long sets and the strong connection between DJ and crowd.
Tresor (Berlin): I already played Plus4 Bar a couple of times but playing Globus was an honor for me.
Uebel & Gefährlich (Hamburg): Always a good experience and always a full house. Love it!
Klub Pralnia (Wrocław) with Âme: Great spirit, greatful crowd and fantastic promoters.
MS Stubnitz (Rostock/Hamburg): A really extraordinary location to play techno inside of a ship.
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
Dense & Pika – Suki – Drumcode
M.in & Marquez Ill – Make Some Noise – My Favourite Freaks
Dompe & Agent – Sultan – Get Physical
Exon Bacon & DkA – Bassick (Marquez Ill Rawmix) – Voltage Musique Records
DkA vs. Hollis P Monroe – Snooze It Off (Marquez Ill Remix) – Voltage Musique Records
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Lars
1 Kusse – Ms Jackson – Lapsus
2 False Image – Elks – Traumraum
3 Joeski – Glory Of House – Material
4 Hackman – Semibreves (Epiphylogentically Enumerated Reset By KiNK) – Halocyan
5 Hell – Wonderland (Abe Duque Remix) – Embassy Of Sound
6 Oliver Huntemann, Stephan Bodzin – Rubin – International DeeJay Gigolo
7 Level Groove – Discobolus – Lapsus
8 Copy Paste Soul – Hypno – Intec
9 Jackee – A Tribute – Snuff Trax
10 Jori Hulkkonen & Tiga – Trust Your Body (John Roman Remix) – Turbo
11 Jimi Tenor – Take Me Baby (Andreas Henneberg Remake) – Cascandy
12 DJ Pierre, Riva Starr – Acid Train – Hot Creations
13 Head High – Rave (Dirt Mix) – Power House
14 Johannes Heil – EXILE 007 B2 – EXILE
15 Argy – Love Dose (Luciano Remix) – Poker Flat
16 KiNK – Chorus – Midnight Shift
17 Harry Romero – Tania (Purple Disco Machine Remix) – Toolroom
18 KiNK – Cloud Generator – Running Back
19 Daniel Stefanik – Deep Inside – Moon Harbour
20 Fairmont – Gazebo (Anthony Rother Remix) – Border Community
21 Martin Landsky – 1000 Miles (Gerd’s Geeeman Remix) – Poker Flat
22 Mark Du Mosch – Living Up (Gesloten Cirkel Remix) – Dekmantel
23 Kevin Saunderson – Good Life feat. Inner City (Mathew Jonson’s Acid Mix) – KMS