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Paper Samurai

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Breaks, Progressive House

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“My Mom, Vangelis, Ennio Morricone, Giorgio Moroder, Hans Zimmer & Jean Michelle Jarre are easily my biggest influences.” It’s a typical remark from Marcus, who would much rather talk about what music he’s playing, than the way he is playing it, or manipulating it with technology.

Being into Progrock, Sountracks, Hip hop, early Electro and German/Detroit techno for several years, Marcus’ musical pallete changed little until he discovered progressive house, played to him by a very famous DJ’s sister that he befriended while at college. On hearing this new sound from DJ’s like her brother (who was the Don IMO), John Digweed, Ian Ossia, Dave Seaman and Nigel Dawson, he was sold.

Jump forward four years to 1997 and acquiring his first and only set of turntables to date (Technics 1200’s mk2’s), he set out to learn how to mix/layer records & program sets to the benchmarks set him by most of the above names. Starting out playing mainly US vocal house (proper Garage – Larry Levan Style!) and drawing influences from DJ’s like Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson, Masters At Work, Frankie Knuckles, Satoshi Tomiie, David Morales, and of course, Tony Humphries (the daddy at mixing vocals!). His early classical training in music alongside learning to mix vocals did his mixing skills no harm at all, and inside 14 months, was one of the residents at the Powerhouse in Oswestry (home of Matthew ‘King Unique’ Roberts DeLicious residency). This old church had a 14K rig when he played there, and is where he learnt his craft on the off week of Delicious.

In 1998 he returned to playing a more diverse sound fusing Progressive house and Trance, and the growing break-beat sound developing in the UK at that time also influenced him, and still does to this day. 1998 was a good year for him as he was invited to play on a local pirate radio station that broadcasted for 2 years, he was a stalwart of the station and had his own show on both ‘Fat’ Friday, and the Saturday, called the ‘Score’! It wasn’t uncommon when other DJ’s went home for Marcus to be still there till ‘6 in the mornin’.

The start of 1999 saw Marcus reading for an HND in Sound Engineering which was to have a massive impact on his life in years to come, teaching DJing, basic music technology to school kids, and more recently, specialising in Ableton Live software.

2003 – 2005 saw Marcus promoting Scott Bond’s ‘Ahead’ night, building up many useful industry contacts, and gaining valuable promoting experience. A chance meeting, and later friendship, with VJ SteveG saw Marcus invited by Steve to help front a new audio-visual night called ‘Future’, promoting visuals as a equal partner to the music. ‘Future’ caught the imagination of many people in the music industry and manufacturers alike, resulting in Marcus being asked to launch the DJM800 mixer by Pioneer at the ‘Future’ opening event in Sheffield in parallel to James Zabiela’s launch at the Key, and Sankeys Soap, in February 2006. Around the same period Marcus’ skill with Ableton Live caught the attention of Novation/Focusrite, with him being asked to join the Novation Beta testing team for the new Remote SL range. Marcus has performed alongside artists as diverse as Omid16B, Scott Bond, Matt Hardwick, Tom Stephan, Dan Tait, Addictive TV, Ben Lost & DVJ Kriel. His ‘Bushido Broadcast’ has also seen him showing support of many top international DJ’s & producers inclusive of Omid 16B, V-sag, Andrew K, Bobby Deep, DVJ Kriel & Andy Newland.

Marcus is active in both the Release & Critical Rhythm records pools alongside many lists, and is currently performing for Novation/Focusrite, Ableton & Shure at events with their equipment. He has Engineered both Jonathan Lisle’s Kiss100 May06 mix for John Digweed’s Transitions show, along with many of the Ableon Re-edits used by Jon on his cover mount CD that accompanied ‘The Art of Modern Mixing’ article in April/May’s 2006 DJ Magazine.

One of the key members of the team over at abletonlivedj.com as their music tech editor, and as one of their forum moderators, he has been testing gear from many of the top manufacturers in the Music tech, Pro Audio, Computing and DJ sectors.

Marcus now runs the ‘Progcast’ for ProgressiveHouse.com – progressivehouse.com/progcast.php featuring weekly mixes from established DJ’s, giving focus to producers that have artist albums out, and offering new talent a much needed platform to let their skills be heard.

“I describe the music I play as ‘Soundscaped vocal progressve dance music”, says Marcus. “I always try to play the records that are about at the moment that inspire me the most, and enrich my life. I hope, in turn, they enrich you’re life and inspire you!”