by Sterling McGarvey
Marcus Intalex is pretty fly for a White Guy. Through his production with Calibre as M.I.S.T. (Marcus Intalex & S.T. Files), he has produced incredibly popular remixes for classic tracks such as Solid State's "Just a Vision" and MJ Cole's "Sincere." Marcus is one of the most recognizable names in the increasingly popular genre referred to as Liquid Funk. Alongside producers such of Calibre, Peshay and High Contrast, Marcus is bringing the Soul back to the Step. Fresh out of the Miami sun from the Winter Music Conference, Marcus returned to Atlanta on March 28th courtesy of Encore Productions. Lunar got a chance to speak with him immediately following his set.
I'm from a small town just outside Manchester, in England--25 miles or so outside. Basically, back in the days, it was a good scene... with all the early house. I used to travel to Manchester weekly and just got taken over by the whole club scene. That was like, oh God, 14 years ago. Ever since then I've just been hooked. Back in the early days, the rave scene in the UK, I basically grew up with it.
DubplatesHarmful to Drum n' Bass or a good thing?
Definitely not harmful. It depends, you know? It's harmful when tracks just never come out within a certain period. They wait. Or only a handful of people get them. It's not supposed to be like that, to an extent. I mean, certain people make so much good music that's got to get released, but the music needs to get played, and the only way to do it is to have your own plate. It's really only a good thing as long as people have labels and send out [product] and people want to buy it within a reasonable amount of time.
US ProducersAre they finally on par with the Brits?
It's bound to happen. As far as names, I'm not sure. It's always just been a case of waiting for people to get a level of production; it can't come overnight. You've got to sit down and it takes a couple of years to get to that level, you know? Notably, and what I like, is the guy from Miami, Influx Datum, who is making some fucking good tunes. The Mathematics guys from New York are making some good stuff. And that's not even touching on 1/10th of a percent of it, you know? There are a lot of people out there, but I don't get to hear them. I've got some shit on a CD, maybe this week, I can have a listen. I'd be able to give you a better answer, to be honest with you.
Liquid FunkIs the Soul coming back?
It's happening right now. That was missing a few years ago. I like drum n' bass, hard or dark or whatever, but there just needs to be some variety. Variety is back; we've got the variety right there. People are doing what they're doing, and not trying to copy somebody else. Everybody's doing their own thing, and it's only good, you know?
What was the big WMC tune?
I haven't got a clue [laughs]. I actually didn't go to anything drum n' bass, really. I did a lot of things, and went to a lot of other parties. It's weirda lot of the stuff I heard was a lot harder than what I expected. I kind of was hoping it would change up a little bit, but it's still the same kind of stuff. It's not really having a big impact. Not that that's bad, I mean, it's still getting better, but it's not at the point where it should be.
Where'd you go?
I went to the Naked Music party, which was fucking awesome. I went to Vikter Duplaix at Future. I went to see Zero 7 DJ, which was wicked. I did a lot of pool parties, just sitting around the pool having a few beers and listening to music. That's bascially what Miami is about: being able to sit around and enjoy the music in the daytime, instead of going out listening to drum n' bass every night. I might as well be in London, you know? It's lucky for me, obviously not as big for people from the US. From my point of view, I do that when I'm at home. I mean, it's Miami. Fuck that, let me listen to something different.
[With that, the post-WMC "Which parties did you hit" question comes into play]
Did you attend Jazzanova & Kruder & Dorfmeister?
I caught Jazzanova at Vikter Duplaix's thing. I bumped into them in the daytime. I'd never met them, and they gave me their new album. I had a chance to listen to it--it's fucking amazing. And when I heard them play, they were really fucking good, man. That's what I like to listen to, you know? Get some inspiration from different things.
Desert Island FiveWhat are they?
Fuckin' A (hesitates for a moment)... Marvin Gaye - "What's Going On?" Stevie Wonder - "Innervisions," God... it's difficult, there's so many fucking good albums out there... I'd have to take, Radiohead - Amnesiac, because I love that fucking album, New Order - "Power, Corruption, and Life," because that's where I come from originally, and... fuckin' A... I'd probably take Jill Scott's first album because I fuckin' love it. I don't know. I don't think I can do five. I'd have to make another CD of tunes to listen to.
Originally, the Manchester sounds, guys like New Order--that was my first proper band, and I've followed them all the way through. People from Detroit--Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson. But now that I get older, I start listening to older stuff, you know? People like Marvin Gaye or whoever, proper musicians. I'm still learning, so it's hard for me to say directly what it is. There's so many people, you know?
EMU Sampler, Akai sampler, Mackey desk, a shitload of outboard like focus rack compressors and stuff. I got like 3 or 4 keyboards, Yamaha M1-X, Korg MS-2000, EME Pro-S, which I love, and EMU Extreme Leads. And I just got a new G4. I've always found that it's easier to make music when I've got synths and making sounds and playing strings and stuff. They're at the point where they're sampling again, but I love being able to play with synths and create sounds, you know?
We just finished at track with Jenna G., we're doing another MIST:ICAL track. Basically, I'm not in the studio as much as I want. The plan is now that because the label's going smooth, just to get a few more releases out there, maybe get some kind of album out. I don't know what it would entail completely. I think maybe it's time to move to that level. I want to work with more musicians and push the boundaries a bit. Produce more stuff. We started a track with Marky, which was going all right, but we just have to sit down and finish it. We're going to do some more stuff with Marky, maybe go to Brazil and take it from there. We'd have a different vibe and different musicians down there. There's quite a few things planned, but I don't think I'm going to do as many remixes this year. I really wanna work on my own stuff. I need to cut down on DJing a little bit so I can focus on making more music.
Special thanks goes to Christy at Encore Productions for her assistance.
Mixed by Reid Speed
- Desolate Plains - Orion and Math
- Left of Centre - Mathematics
- Reverse Pshychology - Polar
- Resistance - Razor & GW2
- Mirror - Pieter K
- Warp One - Marcus Intalex & ST Files (M.I.S.T.)
- Robot Rock - Dune
- Tear VIP - Skeptic
- Sucker Punch - Aquasky
- Rapture - DJ Damage
- Bad Dreams - Facs
- Hard Times - Sonic & Silver
- Mr. Fix It - Ming & FS
- The Future - Stratus
- Euphoria - Future Prophecies
- Satellite's End - Angel Zero
- Feel Good - Agent Blk
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