Marc Mac (Visioneers/ 4 Hero) interview

What words would you use to describe your new album: Hipology?

Well certainly I’d describe it as experimental, outside the box and personal. Also I would have no choice but to call it somewhat eclectic. Yes it’s personal but the listener should feel like they have an invitation.
Can you tell us about your site and the ideas behind it?

Yes the Hipology site grew out of an idea I had for the album concept looking back on my lifestyle influences from hip hop culture. As I was thinking about the sound of the record I was kinda making a scrapbook of all these influences and then saw the need to publish the scrapbook online. At first it was just to help me reminisce but them became more significant for me to also get the idea behind Hipology to a wider audience. The album artwork also plays a big part in getting the listener to see where I was coming from.

The album touches upon a number of different styles from Hip-Hop to Latin on Rocket Man. How did you develop such a wide range of influences?

Truth is these influences probably wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for Hip Hop. I started collecting music at an early age because I was searching for breakbeats, this fueled my record collection for a while and led me into stuff like Latin and Jazz. Then there were all my favorite Hip Hop DJ’s and producers spinning and sampling Jazz, Latin and Soul, all these elements help paint the picture of my influences.

listen to Marc Mac DJ 60 minutes of funky, jazzy disco grooves!

Can you tell us about the creative process involved in producing a track like LuAnne from Harlem?

Actually LuAnne was one of the easier tracks for me to produce as it was an idea that I had for a while and could have easily ended up on a future 4hero record. I knew exactly what I wanted it to sound like and had quite a ridged programmed demo where I had played all the parts before recording any live instruments. I wanted the horns to drive the track and tell the tale of LuAnne while the drums flip from a Latin groove to a funky Soul beat, I then just scattered Solina strings, Rhodes and percussion over the track. I actually recorded the percussion in my bedroom at home. I spent a lot of time engineering the tracks on Hipology unlike a 4hero album or the last Visioneers album each track has an era and I wanted the era to sound authentic. LuAnne has very much a studio sound and not such a live sound I try to make two musicians sound like eight but its got to sound like a record or sound like the musicians are in your living room not in a concert hall.

What are the plans for 4 Hero?

Well I don’t want the gap between the last album to grow too much further so Im thinking about new 4hero music, maybe an EP? not sure but its on my mind more these days.

Please tell us about your approach to Dj’ing, what for you makes a good Dj, and what do you prefer to Dj on?

Well for a while I really loved DJing and that’s the first thing you need to play a good set.. a love for the art. I love playing pretty eclectically, my set could start with Jazz and end with D&B or Disco. These days I’ve turned down many gigs for a few reasons mainly because I want to focus more on my own productions, save my ears for making music as 20 years of club and festival DJing hasn’t been any good for my ears and you only notice this when you start engineering music again. I guess I could be at the age where I need to choose between being a producer or a DJ (and that’s an easy choice for me). I think if I was really gonna enjoy playing the clubs again I would like to start with my own small night.

I do like the idea of doing more radio/podcast mixes, mixtapes and concept shows, I like to produce my DJ set. I don’t feel like the club scene is what it use to be music seems to be the 2nd or 3rd priority for clubbers these days. As for gear I finally got a basic version of Serato with a controller which is great for mixing, still have CDJ’s and my beloved Technics. I also have a nice small collection of vintage turntables.
Who do you like to listen to at home to relax?

Minnie Riperton or Strata East.!/marcmac4hero!/marc4hero

Hipology album review at Magazine Sixty





Not often an artist album comes along displaying not only valuable words but musical skills on this level. Marc Mac (also one half on 4Hero) who whose been producing music for the past couple of decades has arrived at this point, again, with his second Visioneers album, Hipology. Listening to this reads like a history lesson in sight and sound while expert instrumentation is employed via a sterling set of players. Indeed, try an instrumental track like LaAnne from Harlem and tell me it doesn’t move to tears of joy. The album creatively evokes moods and plays with words both spoken and sung throughout, while for the dancefloor try the take on B-Boy legend, Apache (Battle Dub) for size, plus any number of other sure-fire gems. Something for everyone exists on here with the summer funk of Come Sand Play in the Milky Night destined for any beach party worth its salt, or Shine which feeds your mind with meaningful word and soulful tones.

release: June 2012


Leftroom Presents… Laura Jones

Laura Jones invigorating exploration of electronic sound continues with her first compilation mix for the prestigious Leftroom imprint. Starting with moody brilliance of dOP & Masomenos Hello! the album rapidly proceeds to entice you with its emotive selection of beats and rhythms that never fail but to ignite your imagination. Combining a diverse selection of music from labels like Vitalik Records, Visonquest, and of course Leftroom means that you know you’re always in safe company. What’s also particularly notable here is the way the album weaves between styles, flipping from Techno to House while never feeling contrived. The second half of the mix picks up the pace with a sure succession of killer tracks from Gavin Herlihy and Polyrhythmic, amongst many significant others, finishing on Guy Gerber’s masterful The Mirror Game.

release: June 18

Laura Jones interview!/leftroom


Cutting Edge mixed Luke Solomon

Sao Paolo’s D-Edge combines with long standing House Music impresario Luke Solomon to release this testament to the DJ’s undoubted prowess in all things musical and techincal. The Classic Records co-founder carefully teases every inch of rhythm from this truly intense mixture of distinctive House, unsettling Techno and general electronic madness into the bargain. Whether that’s Red Rack’em’s bassline master class of How I Program, or Boo Williams severely funky Devil Music this will truly rock your discotheque. Any mix that climaxes in the process with the Roberto Rodriguez version of Seven Reasons can only probably be described as transcendent.

release: July 7


Luca Lozano
Klasse Recordings

Excellent EP from Germany’s Klasse Recordings beginning with the melodic technology of Soul123 which references Detroit like it was just around the corner. Next, Skeleton Keys gets busy with classic House bass and organ creating perfect tension in the air. While, Fakie Snot Bubble cleverly hits you hard at first with fizzy old-school stabs and ‘work this’ vocals, then turns it all upside down with warm pads and House strings causing emotive confusion? Despite its somewhat dubious title the more I hear this, the more seriously impressive it sounds.

release: June 11


Walker & Royce
You’re Not Welcome
Crosstown Rebels

You don’t really need me to tell you that this latest from Crosstown is excellent, do you? Put it like this: it feels ever so slightly sinister with sumptuous bass notes driving the taught beats, as the uber cool vocals feel deeply soulful in a Trans-European setting with sparkling keys lifting it all skyward. Stare If You Want To feat. Javi happens next with killer syncopation feeling like disco never went away (I know, it didn’t) but coupled with tripped out voices and more contemporary chords plus guitar, this again transcends the timeline. The Francesca Lombardo Remix of You’re Not Welcome resists the titles negative appeal with addictive notation and proves the vocal to be defiantly happy.

release: June 11


I Cube
In Alpha EP
Versatile Records

I Cube once again produce’s something so startlingly original that when it’s primed it will explode all over your dancefloor. Y.O.U.R.O.C.K is somewhat self-explanatory here as shimmering electro keys clash with strident disco beats, while repeating to infinity and beyond. This has to be heard to be believed! Followed by Popular Electronics which frays the edges with twisted synths and a lot more besides, but possibly saving the best to last is In Alpha which replays eighties guitar funk, via the curious mind of I Cube, to feel compellingly uplifting and certainly rather beautiful. The album is coming…

release: June 11


Justin Martin
Ghettos & Gardens

Clearly in his own class Justin Martin’s debut album acts like a conduit for his myriad of influences and own particular brand of music. Encompassing everything from U.K bass to Acid the album avoids treading a cliqued path by its use of trippy voices and unexpected combinations of styles, which none-the-less always feel exciting and pertinent. Butterflies is a case in point with edited child-like voices playing off against synthetic chords and squelchy basslines to sound like not a lot else out there. Also try Molokini for some heavy-duty business, and The Gurner with Pillow Talk for something a little deeper and more spiritually motivating.