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Markus Schulz: van burnout naar een album vol plezier

Markus Schulz: van burnout naar een album vol plezier

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Half juni kreeg ik het nieuwe artiestenalbum van Markus Schulz thuisgestuurd. Na het schrijven een review vroeg Armada of ik het leuk vond tijdens de persdag op 27 juni langs te komen en Markus wat vragen te stellen. Omdat ik alleen zijn muziek kende greep ik deze kans met beide handen aan om ook eens een klein kijkje in zijn persoonlijkheid en motivatie te krijgen.

First question should be the easiest one.....
Who is Markus Schulz?

Wow! Thatís actually a hard one. I donít know.....Who am I? I am just a guy who, you know, kind of just eh makes music from ehÖ.. I really donít know. Let me answer the rest of your questions and maybe people will understand a little bit better then. Cause I mean Ďwho am I?í

No sweat! You were born in Germany and you still have a house in Berlin and you go back there regularly. What is it that still attracts you in this city?
Well, the Berlin scene I love because of the people there. Itís people that maybe donít fit in anywhere else. And for me those people are whatís so special about Berlin. It just has this really cool artistic vibe, whether it be music, whether it be painting, architectureÖ.itís just a really cool, eclectic group of people.

Is it an international scene? Or do you mix more with Germans over there?
I would say itís a lot more international than it used to be, but itís still primarily German. What I take from Berlin is just the vibe. The Berlin music scene is very much techno, electro and that kind of stuff. And what I do doesnít really fit that mold. Trance is not really that big over there. There is a lot of good producers and djís in Germany but itís a very difficult scene as far as trance goes. Kyau & Albert do amazing stuff but when you think of German trance you donít think of them. It seems like people never get the respect, in their own hometown that they do elsewhere. And I think thatís what it is with German trance.

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What I take from Berlin is that energy, that vibe, that inspiration that comes from Berlin. Iím sure that when you think of the Berlin music scene you donít think of Markus Schulz, thatís for sure. In Berlin I feel like I am just one of the people and that inspires me.

What else inspires you besides your visits to Germany, what role or influence does you wife Heather have for instance?
Sheís behind the scenes. She keeps everything going you know. Sheís kind of the middle person between all of my business contacts like Armada and me. So I can just focus on music and not have to worry about any of the other stuff that gets in the way. She is a solid base and she handles everything.

You have the German as well as the American nationality. Therefore you are probably the person to tell us what the differences are between American and European ways of partyingÖ.
You used to be able to see a difference but nowadays with the internet being as big as it is in our scene it doesnít matter where you are. The people that come out are very educated on the music. People have downloaded sets, theyíre familiar with whatís gonna be played, theyíve heard a lot of the stuff. I donít see any differences in the interaction and thatís what so exciting. So in the past there were differences, but not anymore. You could be in Australia, Dubai, Amsterdam or MiamiÖyou can play a song that maybe two weeks old and people are singing along to it because of the internet. It had made this a global scene. But maybe I am just fortunate I have really enthusiastic fans.

[dump left id=462]Talking about mp3 and downloading; thereís a big worldwide discussion going on about the illegal downloading of mp3ís. What are your views on this topic?
In my opinion the mp3ís and the way they circulate is a good tool, but I also think that people need to be conscious and contribute to the scene. People that leech all these mp3ís and never contribute back into the sceneÖthatís not good. Yes, a lot of times music doesnít get out there quick enough and people are hungry for it, thatís understandable. But at the same time, somehow, you need to give back. Because thereís a lot of really talented musicians that I know who just canít make music anymore because they have to support a family. Thatís sad to see.
I do believe in paying for mp3. At places like Beatport and the Armada online shop people are able to get the music that they want by downloading legally. And thatís really cool. I think over the last two years especially thereís been a change of mentality. Two years ago I think it was a free fall. Free download, sharing everything and now the music is more readily available online to purchase legally. I think weíre changing peopleís attitudes about downloading. The media about Napster and Kazaa opened a lot of record companyís eyes. They understood there was another way of making business.

I do like the whole download idea because it cuts down on the music industryís carbon footprint. All that vinyl, all that pollution that happens when you press all that vinyl and stuffÖ. Thatís something thatís never been addressed or looked at. The downloading is clean, itís great for the environment. Thatís something I donít think weíve really explored.

Do you find any truth in the assertion that you wouldnít be as successful as you are without the whole mp3-scene?
Yeah. I sort of consider myself as the voice of the next generation producers. Most of the producers that Iím in contact with and that I have connections with are younger and thatís the next generation and they grew up in a digital age. With my radio show I plant the seed with this next generation and thatís how Iíve been able to be successful. I donít think I wouldíve been able to do that if it werenít for the internet. It has made my voice be heard all over the world. To that I am grateful. And at the same time I understand that you have to give back. If Iím out somewhere and Iím spinning and my cd gets messed up or I gave it to someone, threw it into the audience or whatever Iíll go onto Beatport Ö I purchase so much music every week. Like I said: itís important to give back and contribute to the economy of our scene.

[dump right id=461]Before we go on to talk about the future and your new album, let's look back at the past a bit. How do you look back on your last album, Coldharbour and your time there?
I lived in Arizona and I was kind of lost as an artist, I was doing a lot of major label remix work, a lot of commercial stuff and I literally burned myself out. I was ready to quit. I mean I was done. So I moved to London to kind of ehmÖa pilgrimage to find myself as an artist. I had a studio in Brixton which is like the ghetto. Under the railroad tracks on Coldharbour Lane. And Thatís where I just opened myself up and found who I was as an artist. It was a whole inspiration. It was the hardest thing I have done in my life. As a matter of fact I was in London two weeks ago and I went to Brixton. It was pouring with rain and I walked around there and I was looking at everything thinking ĎWow this was just so difficult but it was amazingí.

So why did you choose London to reinvent yourself instead of Berlin which you earlier stated to be a big inspiration?
At that time London was the epicenter of where everything was happening. It was where I felt comfortable going.

[dump left id=463]Next month your new artist album Progression is released. What is the story behind this album?
Well, people always say your first artist album is a lifetime in the making. So my first artist album took me two, three years to make. It was a really hard emotional experience because there were so many things in my life that I was going back to to draw an inspiration from. That was a really heavy project for me. And when that was done it felt like there was so much weight lifted off my shoulders. Then when I started working on this album it just felt like this was the next step, the progression for me. I went into the studio and just had fun. Create the music that was inside of me but without all the heavy emotional burden that was over me on the first album.
The first one was very therapeutic for me and this one was just fun to make. The album is definitely a reflection of who I am as an artist. An artist album is a lot different from a mix cd. A mix cd is like a snapshot of my dj-sets at that time, but an artist album you want to look back at at the end of your career and go Ďthat was a good time right there, that was who I wasí.

Do you have favorite tracks on the album?
You know what it is? At one point or another every song on the album was my favorite song. Every one of them is like a child. I created thirteen children and you now ask me to pick my favorite child. Each one has itís own time and reason for existing. Iím really proud of Trinidad to Miami because I actually composed that during a flight from Trinidad to Miami. I played a gig at Trinidad. I went from the gig straight to the airport. I had a crazy seven oíclock morning flight. The crowd in Trinidad didnít want me to go, I couldíve kept going but I had this flight to catch. I had all these ideas and feeling inside of me and this rhythm that was reverberating inside of me from the audience. So as soon as I got on the airplane I pulled out my laptop and I started creating. We took off and the sun was coming up and we flew over the AtlanticÖ. It starts off really clubby as sort of an extension to the set I just played and then as you look out over the ocean the sounds start to come together. That was a very exciting and fun project to do.


Letís move on to the futureÖapart from the weather here in Holland, the summer season has finally begun and your first Ibiza session has aired on your radio show. What else can we expect from you this season?
Iím doing my residency in Ibiza again and Iím really excited because of the album and all the friends that Iíve made on the island. I did a mix cd Ibiza Ď06 which was last season and Iím really excited to bring all this back to the island. Every time we go there we just have a good time. I think thatís the big thing Iím looking forward to, expanding on the friendships that Iíve made there.

Have you heard about the clubs closing down and all the politics going on on Ibiza?
Iíve heard about it and to be honest to you I didnít read a single article about it because I donít want that to hang over my head when Iím on the island. When I get on the island I just want to have a good time and let people have a good time. So I try and stand clear and let the people that handle my business worry with that stuff. Just tell me what time Iím playing and Iím there and letís have fun. The rest is irrelevant for me.

[dump right id=464]To close off: your solo night at Panama in Amsterdam. Is this going to be a special night for you?
I love the long sets. I used to play eight hour sets and I miss that because when you do a long set you can really tell a story. You donít just bang it our for six hours and a lot of planning goes into my solo sets to really make that night have special feel to it. I think this is the first time Iíve done an extended set like this here in Holland and so Iíve planned a lot of surprises and fun things. Youíll hear a lot of the new album and a lot of the tracks Iím going to do over the summer. Iíll make it a journey.

Any message to your fans in Holland?
I really appreciate everyoneís support. I believe in the sound that I play and that I create and I really appreciate that people are able to connect to me through this music. Itís really special. Sometimes itís easiest to go in and play the biggest banging tracks and stand up on stage with your hands in the air. But this music is deep and not so obvious a lot of the times so for people to able to connect is really cool.

Het interview heb ik in het Engels gelaten, omdat ik van mening ben dat alleen zo de ware betekenis van Markus Schulz' woorden goed overkomt.
Met dank aan Cicatrix & Wackiejacky, voor hun inbreng in de vragen in dit interview!

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Well, this interview only confirms what I already knew: You rock Markus, big time! :respect: I'm soooooo looking forward to Panama saturday, hope they have a solid roof over there otherwise I'll fly right through it :)

Haha told you by the way that Partyflock is a cool site, I think Karian did a great job (and she had the best help in the world of course o:) ) and publishing in English is a good thing to do. Now you can read it yourself ;)

Karian: (l)

Markus: See you saturday! (l)
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Goed interview !!!

Wat mij betreft elke week een trance/progressive gerelateerd interview.≠
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:respect: Heel erg goed gedaan en leuk om te lezen. Zin in Panama:cheer:
Leuk interview, ondertussen natuurlijk de livestream van de Global DJ Broadcast op de achtergrond staan :) Top DJ!
supergaaf interview Karian! goede keuze ook om 't in het Engels te laten.. :)

Met dank aan Dr.≠GŲbb.≠ &≠ Wackiejacky, voor hun inbreng in de vragen in dit interview!

graag gedaan en o, o, o, wat gaan we los zaterdag! :cheer: :cheer:
Uitspraak van Foltergeist op donderdag 28 juni 2007 om 19:52:
publishing?

Indeed! :P


Oh btw:

Iím really proud of Trinidad to Miami because I actually composed that during a flight from Trinidad to Miami.≠ I played a gig at Trinidad.≠ I went from the gig straight to the airport.≠ I had a crazy seven oíclock morning flight.≠ The crowd in Trinidad didnít want me to go, I couldíve kept going but I had this flight to catch.≠ I had all these ideas and feeling inside of me and this rhythm that was reverberating inside of me from the audience.≠ So as soon as I got on the airplane I pulled out my laptop and I started creating.≠ We took off and the sun was coming up and we flew over the AtlanticÖ.≠ It starts off really clubby as sort of an extension to the set I just played and then as you look out over the ocean the sounds start to come together.≠ That was a very exciting and fun project to do.≠

Can't wait to hear this one. What a wonderful story! (l)


To close off: your solo night at Panama in Amsterdam.≠ Is this going to be a special night for you?
I love the long sets.≠ I used to play eight hour sets and I miss that because when you do a long set you can really tell a story.≠ You donít just bang it our for six hours and a lot of planning goes into my solo sets to really make that night have special feel to it.≠ I think this is the first time Iíve done an extended set like this here in Holland and so Iíve planned a lot of surprises and fun things.≠ Youíll hear a lot of the new album and a lot of the tracks Iím going to do over the summer.≠ Iíll make it a journey.≠

Cool! :) If a DJ get's to play 2 hours nowadays he may call himself lucky. So you know that you will hear all the bombs, some new tracks and it will be a build-up and a climax. Not that I don't like that, but some DJ's just have made so many cool stuff that it's so nice to hear them perform for a longer time. Like, exactly, you're on a journey. Well, I've packed my bags for saturday :p, bought some sunscreen, will bring a raincoat (it is Holland you know) and I will lay myself down on a beach made of Trance. Hehe! :P
Will be there Saturday :)
EN wat een heerlijke cd is dit!!!! heerlijk diep en trancy!

Thumbs up Markus!!
Hťťl geslaagd interview.
Ik had wel niet zo'n ecologisch iemand in Markus gezien, daar hij begin over het 'clean' zijn van het downloaden tegenover vinyl persen. :D

Zeker na dit interview en de GDJB daarnet, zo'n zin in zaterdag!
Maar eerst zaterdagvoormiddag nog een exaampje afleggen :)
Als je het niet onderaan had gezet was het me niet eens opgevallen dat het hele interview in het Engels was, haha :)

Diepgaand!
markus :respect:
Markus Schulz presents - Elevation - Clear Blue

Was het niet zo dat hij deze melodie van een jonge knul had, die wat sampeltjes rond stuurde? Of was Markus dat zelf en zo is ''ontdekt'' door Gabriel and Dresden? :P

Volgens mij lul ik nu veel dingen door elkaar? Correct me if im wrong! :P
Leuk interview. (Y)

Markus! :respect:
when you do a long set you can really tell a story

I'll be all ears in the Panama :)

Markus .... held .... :respect:
Top inteview (Y)

Morgen in de Panama kan het dak eraf.

Markus :respect:
Uitspraak van The Armin Only op vrijdag 29 juni 2007 om 12:23:
Top inteview (Y)

Morgen in de Panama kan het dak eraf.

:yes: (Y)

Op Pleasure Island ook! :D Al hebben we daar niet eens een dak :p
Uitspraak van Lagerfeld op vrijdag 29 juni 2007 om 00:24:
Markus Schulz presents - Elevation - Clear Blue

Was het niet zo dat hij deze melodie van een jonge knul had, die wat sampeltjes rond stuurde? Of was Markus dat zelf en zo is ''ontdekt'' door Gabriel and Dresden?

Volgens mij lul ik nu veel dingen door elkaar? Correct me if im wrong!

Die jonge knul was Elevation ja, toen nog maar 16 jaar! wat een talent!
un burn out,! ? hoe kan dat nou,,ales wort voor je gerecheld,,en zo zware arbeid is,het niet ?
Uitspraak van dj tony producer op vrijdag 29 juni 2007 om 16:09:
un burn out,! ? hoe kan dat nou,,ales wort voor je gerecheld,,en zo zware arbeid is,het niet ?

Sjone jonge, vliegreizen zijn toch vermoeiend en de jetlags. Daarnaast hebben dj's ook nog een voorbereiding van uren op de sets die ze gaan draaien. Don't underestimate it :p
Ow ja, markus, keep up the good work (y).
Sympathieke gast blijft het, zonder capsones
Dat stukje over Trinidad to Miami :respect:

Ik hoor van velen, dat ze dat het minst goede nummer vinden.
Ik hou er juist wel van.
Lekker "monotoon", kan je heel erg in jezelf gaan :P
Dat is nl ook wel eens lekker voor af en toe ...
superleuk om te lezen!
doet het verlangen naar straks alleen maar toenemen :D
VETTE CD!!!
En idd goed intervieuw...

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Cause you know is een van de beste producties allestijden in progressive land. Emotie, opbouw, climax, basgitaar :P helemaal top :)
Uitspraak van Sherrif op dinsdag 10 juli 2007 om 20:04:
Cause you know is een van de beste producties allestijden in progressive land. Emotie, opbouw, climax, basgitaar :P helemaal top :)

helemaal mee eens!
Inmiddels de CD origineel, kon hem voor slechts 13 euro niet laten staan, als laatste exemplaar bij de FRS in tilburg :O

Ben er hartstikke blij mee, en hoevaak je hem ook luistert, hij blijft goed.

Wat ik ook zo goed aan de CD vind, het lijkt net een verhaal, I Am is een geweldige openingsplaat, de andere platen zijn echt hoofdstukken om het zo te noemen, en Cause You Know is een perfecte afsluiter, en op het einde het geluid alsof een deur dichtvalt, of een boek dichtvalt, is echt perfect gedaan, alsof het verhaal daar afsluit! :D

Zondag naar Tomorrowland, dus weer ff Markus live zien :)
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