Marky is set to drop the 50th release on his amazing label Innerground and true D&B people should look at the Innerground discogs to refresh the memory on how many classics reside in the vaults.
The release is his own work, called ‘Ya Thang’ and is backed with ‘You Know’ (at end) and could well be 12 of year.
DB: Sir, good to be in touch again, first things first this new 12 is incredible. I’m not just saying that… this is one of the best things I’ve heard in years, it’s given me the same rush as when I first heard stuff like Influx UK or Commix.
Marky: Thanks man!
DB: So can you tell me your inspiration for this? It’s something special.
M: The inspiration for this single was just to do something a bit different. The B-Side “You Know” is what I think people expect from me – something with a deep feel to it, lots of harmonies and things like that. But with the A-Side I really wanted to try and do something that people weren’t expecting.
DB: What have been some highlights of Innerground all this time? So much history but what are some moments you are proudest of? Can I say my faves are ‘Moments of Lust’, ‘Bluetop’, ‘Isla Verde’, your work with SPY… so many!
M: You’re right, there have been many highlights. I think a lot of the artists we helped to break into the scene stick out, like Random Movement, Flaco and people like that. Seeing them now and how their music and careers are progressing, it’s really nice to know you have been a part of that. The EP and album projects like the Rush Hour EP with my main man in Japan Makoto, ‘Give Me Your Love’ EP with SPY and the first DJ Marky & Friends CD were great as well.
DB: What is keeping you in love with the music? What still surprises and amazes you about it?
M: The music is what keeps me going. It has its ups and downs but if you look around hard enough you can always still find some quality and especially something that isn’t trying to jump on a bandwagon. When I get sent a tune that sounds completely different and fresh, it’s like a new lease of life. Then when I take that to the club and see how it affects the dancefloor it’s an incredible feeling. There’s still plenty of life in the D&B scene and for as long as there is and I am in love with the music like I am now I will still continue to do what I am doing.
DB: Is it strictly the music or is it places and people too? I feel that… that different nations breathe different colours and life into the music. And surely some places are just a f*cking BLAST to play?
M: It’s true, getting to travel and experience the different cultures and different sets of fans is a massive thing. I know for example that I can go and play one kind of set at Marky & Friends at Fabric in London and when I go to WOMB in Tokyo, for example, I need to play something completely different because the culture and the fans are worlds apart. Both of these clubs are incredible by the way, so if you’re ever in London or Tokyo, make sure you visit them.
DB: I heard that you love technology, how has it affected your craft? And did I hear mention of iPad in the set once?
M: To be honest, I like the technology that means I don’t have to travel with 10 record boxes like back in the day. Serato has made it so that I just carry my laptop and an audio box, which is so much better for my back and for the money I pay out on dubplates and excess luggage! When it comes down to it though, I love turntables. I love the feel of them, the interaction you get from them and what I am able to do on decks I simply cannot do on CDJs or Ableton. I have used my iPad as a third deck before which was fun, so I do like to push the technology as far as I can, but deep down I am a simple guy who is committed to 1210s.
DB: Lastly I ask this one regularly: if there was one recording session in history you could have been fly on wall, any genre, which one and why?
M: Wow! That’s a tough one, but for me it would be to sit in on Stevie Wonder when he was making ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’. The album is incredible and he as an artist and musician is just a legend. Every time I listen to that album it gives me goosebumps. I always imagine it being him in the booth singing and playing and everyone else stood around with their jaws on the floor in absolute awe of a master at work.