TMN Resident Artist Interview – Markus Schulz [EXCLUSIVE]

Markus Schulz
GDJB Dec 26 2013 Markus Schulz Flashback Episode

Well it’s finally here, a new year full of endless possibilities. This past year, TMN launched our resident artist program. Each month we had the opportunity to showcase the amazing talents of an artist for our readers to get to know on a more intimate level. We couldn’t have asked for better artists or a better response. So as we wrap up this year we wanted to end with an artist who we have respected for many years, one who constantly is changing the ways of dance music. For the final hoorah for 2013, we have the pleasure of getting to know Markus Schulz just a little bit better.

TMN: Markus! First off we just want to say we are such huge fans of you and all of your music. Thank you so much for wrapping up 2013 with us.

Thank you so much guys. It’s been another hectic and productive year.

TMN: Let’s start from the very beginning. Now you were born in Germany and you immigrated to the United States when you were young. Where did you grow up in the states?

Growing up in Germany was difficult for me. My step-father was in the military, so every couple of years we would have to move locations, and therefore any friendships you had forged with other kids vanished overnight, because the technology and means to keep in touch just wasn’t there. I was one of the so-called “army brats”.

It took me a long time to come out of my shell and show my personality to friends, but when I eventually did, it was time to pack up and move again.

I emigrated to the US when I was 13, and lived just outside Boston. It was a massive culture shock for me, and I struggled to fit in anywhere. I didn’t know any English, so had to learn the language quickly too. Music for me acted as a form of escape, and for a long time, it was the only friend I really had.

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Emily Underhill
Ghosts (Sebastian Carter Remix)

19 year-old Swiss electronic producer Sebastian Carter received the always awesome TMN distinction of taking our ears hostage this morning, as he has authored up a beautiful remix of Emily Underhill’s stirring, but previously minimal single “Ghosts”. Sebastian Carter hijacks Underhill’s powerful and emotive feminine vocal track and splices it with a pacifying downtempo chord progression which pays tribute to pure house while keeping intact its intimate, chilled out ambiance. Everything we’ve plucked out of Sebastian Carter’s back catalog thus far have been satiating slices of a melodic-house pie, so be sure to check out more of his originals if this one warrants your undivided listening attention, as it did ours. Snag a free digital copy, for the small exchange rate of one Facebook “like” here as well and stream Carter’s remix of “Ghosts” above.

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Tears For Fears. Shout
Tears for Fears
Shout (Avenue Remix)

Anybody over the age of 25 should be able to sing at least a chorus from a Tears for Fears’ song. Some time ago, you couldn’t turn a corner without hearing “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Head Over Heels,” and probably the most commonly sung to, “Shout.”

With music taking a strong stride towards 80’s synth heavy sounds, it’s no wonder this New Wave Pop duo has a major comeback planned, which happens to include a remix competition. Coincidentally, Avenue is already ahead of the game, having put this track together before Tears for Fears even announced these grand scale plans at making a splash in the current music scene.

We posted one of this Toronto based producer’s tracks a while back, but most of you probably aren’t familiar with his sound yet. With a orchestral, electronic approach, Sam Willows (Avenue) has a laid back, yet highly winsome sound, mixing classical instrumentation with spiraling synths and a progressive beats.

In his take on the 1985 chart-smashing classic, “Shout,” we’re offered up a dancy version of the political protest tune. Gone are the power chords, heavy percussion and uncharacteristic guitar solo. In their place we find energetic, pulsing synthesizers that drive the tune into a full-on dance floor pleaser.

Make sure to keep an eye out on Avenue to see if his remix makes the cut! All of us at TMN are definitely rooting him on.

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John Newman
Losing Sleep (TÂCHES Remix)

Oh boy, did TÂCHES‘ new remix of Brit-Popper John Newman‘s “Losing Sleep” (which is most likely what we will be doing while letting it soundtrack our weekend) inject some serious jack into our step this morning. While we may have missed the proverbial boat as TÂCHES’ rework actually surfaced a few weeks back, it was to safe to say that this one absolutely deserved to live amongst the pages of TMN. John Newman’s towering vocals get nicely wrapped in a vintage garage paradise that exercises shuffling hi-hats, prominent claps and a vaulting synth which pulls its listener right along until the final bars. It’s become increasingly rare for remix artists to hit the nail on the head and find that perfect vocal sample to reflect not only a producer’s musicality, but sense of style as well; which is probably why this one resonated so strongly with us. For our dance fans who at peak hour prefer to eschew the 20,000 person big-room EDM stages in favor of a sweaty 2 a.m. club floor packed with heads dancing along to an artist who’s catalog they are entirely aware of, and not violently fist-pumping the night away, there is absolutely no way TÂCHES’ remix of “Losing Sleep” should escape your grasp. Stream and download the remix above.

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MeLo-X was probably one of the most criminally underrated artists of 2013. After releasing three mixtapes, an EP, and an album last year, MeLo isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. In honor of Blue Ivy‘s (Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s daughter for those of you who don’t know) 2nd birthday yesterday, the Brooklyn native decided to release a free 5-track remix EP dedicated to the momma diva’s latest album. MeLo-X is a multi-talented man, so instead of simply hopping on some beats and contributing a few verses, he decided to put his production hand to work, crafting a deeply rich, ambient sound that’s both therapeutic, yet spine tingling in nature. Of course, he couldn’t completely resist the microphone, as you can hear the emcee chop it up on the fourth track, “9-5 Killa,” a rework of “Ghost.”

Stream the full project below, and head over to Noisey for an interview that covers MeLo’s creative process and motivation behind the project. Also if you haven’t already, make sure to pick up a copy of MeLo-X s GOD: Pièce de Résistance album, which dropped last November.

DOWNLOAD: MeLo-X – Yoncé X (Beyoncé Remix EP)

Beyoncé x MeLo X
Drunk In Lust (I Been Draking)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
Too Far
Beyoncé x MeLo X
Ghost In The Sheet (Handle This)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
9 to 5 Killa (Feat. MeLo X)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
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The Hood Internet
It's Still About Falling (Haim x Robotaki)

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen The Hood Internet on these pages, but the mashup maestros are looking to kick off 2014 the proper way with their brand new mashup of Haim and Robotaki. The Chicago based production duo are well known for their crazy combinations, but who in a million years could’ve ever seen this pairing working? “Falling”–one of our favorite tracks of 2013–was already pretty rhythmic on its own, but after mixing in the funkadelic electronic synths of Robotaki’s “It’s Still About You,” it becomes a whole different animal. Check out the spectacular mashup above, and don’t forget to treat yourself with a free download.

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After The Disco
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After the Disco

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