Welcome to Magazine Sixty, Marc and Denise. Tell us about how you first met and decided to create music together?
It was a very natural happening since the start. Marc and I have known each other for over 20 years and we met thanks to music. Marc was producing music and I was a regular party-goer who highly enjoyed his music! The 90s in London were, to me, a precious time for the underground music scene so when I arrived in the city, a 20 years old girl who searched for like-minded people. We both were part of a community of people that were involved, more or less professionally, in producing electronic music. I also did engage in the process of experimenting with music but my life took a different direction. That didn’t stop us from being friends and growing around the same music and parties. Only a few years ago I found my voice while picking up a string instrument and as Marc heard my voice during that time and he felt that we could create something together. In no time we were at his studio in Hackney. It was actually a rather rough time for both of us right then and before we decide to collaborate musically, Marc had written lyrics to express in words what he was going through. As Marc started producing the music base for our very first track ‘I Forgot My Family’ to be released on Echolette Records later this year, I naturally came up with a melody for his lyric on the music that totally made sense. The whole process of producing that first track helped us both on so many levels and as our artistic compatibility felt genuine we knew it was the beginning of something exciting.
What is the idea behind the title, Life can change in just one minute. And why is that philosophical thought important to you?
The title and lyrics were inspired after Denise had a dream the night before coming into the studio to work on this track. I wrote down the synopsis as she was telling me about the dream and the lyrics were formed out of that.
Saying that, it does have a deeper meaning as sometimes things can happen in life that really plays with your emotions and being so it is important to stand tall and hold your head up, chase your dreams and don’t waste any time to achieve your goals as life can change in just one minute…
Talk us through how you produced the single, including any favourite software/ hardware you like to use? And what are your thoughts on using vocals in Dance Music today?
In all our tracks we like to use live recordings, not just everything coming out of the box, I feel this gives a certain characteristic to the end result. I used a bass guitar to record the bass in this track and the vocals use a vintage Neumann microphone and vintage mic preamplifiers which I find work so well. I also like to bounce things through my desk to give an analogue feel. Vocals are important in all music, not just dance music all depends if you have something to say.
Obviously, Life can change in just one minute comes steeped in past influences. Can you tell us about what in particular attracted you to the post-punk and funk sounds which inform it. Which artists from that era mean the most to you?
It was the whole vibe and transition of the post-punk area that inspired this track, it was a time of musical experimentation and change and at that time there was a lot of new technology being introduced that eventually formed the sound of the 80s and beyond and the crossover into the whole disco scene, so it’s the whole concept of the feeling of experimenting with a new sound which so many of those artists had the opportunity to do. Bands like Joy Division, Talking Heads, ESG, PiL and The Cure were inspirational as they were influential during this experimental period of music.
In contrast, Marc. Can you tell us how you are able to express yourself differently as an artist via your Darc Marc guise?
Quite easily really, I’m into all sorts of music electronic, metal, punk, ambient, jazz whatever takes my fancy. And I find it really rewarding to work on different sounds rather than getting stuck into the same thing all the time. It’s more important to me that I am doing music all the time.
Given the direction that politics and the world is moving towards. What role and influence do you think Dance Music can play in shaping people and the future?
Dance music and all music and people in general really in all walks of life. Music is a great platform for spreading a message to help reduce the hatred in this world and the more that can be done to reduce any form of racism and hatred, then all the better.
And finally. Can you tell us about any forthcoming plans for 2019 and beyond?
We are working on new material and already have the next release on Echolette coming out later this year. Also, we are planning some DJ shows to incorporate elements of live performance in our Delos style. We like to experiment with our sound so expect some new sonic gems coming your way.
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