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One of the modern electronic music industry’s most forward thinking and innovative artists, Mark Fanciulli has allowed his adroitness and proficiency behind the decks to do the talking for him. With his older brother Nic heavily established within the music industry, it was only a matter of time before Mark made his entrée and since his debut in 2011 with “The Tide” on Joris Voorn’s Rejected imprint, which was undoubtably the biggest summer track of the year, Mark has been consistent within his high quality and masterly releases. Each release is idiosyncratic to Mark’s individual style and taste, with his ingenious productions ultimately being the logic behind his catapulting to fame.

The 21st June sees the return of Mark Fanciulli to Liverpool, playing alongside Martin Buttrich at Rubix in the infamous venue Nation. SWITCHED’s Louisa spoke to Mark prior to the event…

Hello Mark, can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi there, my name is Mark Fanciulli. I’m twenty-seven, from Maidstone and work as a DJ and Producer playing House, Techno and anything in-between. 

You first started DJing at the age of 14, can you remember what your first set up was? Growing up, what were your musical influences, what made you want to start experimenting with producing music? How influential have your parents been to yours and your brother’s interest in music?

My very first set up was a pair of cheap direct drive turntables from Numark along with a 2 channel numark mixer. I had it set up on my desk in my bedroom for a year or so and then started to share Nic’s setup which was a lot better.

Musical influences when growing up included the Stanton Warriors, I was a really big breaks fan, also I liked the Plump DJs and Lee Coombs. Out of dance music I was into the usual things like hip hop, especially the Neptunes. After playing records in my room for a few years I wanted to look into production through a natural progression I guess, I wanted to make and create what I was playing. My parents have always been very into their music both with their own tastes and overlapping shared genres. They are a big reason as to why we like music and for being the support to get us where we are. They are just simply the best parents you could ever wish for.

 With fewer releases than some of the other artists within the music industry, you’ve certainly gained a lot more success. Is this an approach you aim to uphold within the future? Are you a big believer in quality over quantity?

I am a strong believer in quality over quantity. Of course if I could release more music in a year I would but if not I’ll prefer to hold back. There’s no point in releasing mediocre music. 

Can you describe your production style for us? Are there any classic elements you tend to use in your work, how do you go about creating a track that’s signature to the Mark Fanciulli name?

My production style mirrors that of my DJ style, House and Techno. As I’ve always said, I like to keep it interesting and varied. I might go into the studio with an idea in mind and more than half the time I’ll come out with a result which is completely different.

Your debut release was “The Tide” in 2011 on Rejected which propelled you into the limelight and ultimately gave you a household name in terms of house music, followed by the collaboration of “Keep On” on Area Remote with Jordan Peak which saw you receive worldwide bookings by the end of the year. The start of 2014 saw the release of your 4/4 heavy Detroit influenced “Chord Kaoss” EP on Carl Craig’s Planet E imprint, are there any other upcoming releases or collaborations you’d like to tell us about?

The rest of the year is looking very healthy release-wise for me. I have a release coming on Dennis Ferrers’ Objektivity imprint which comes on a more vocal tip and includes remixes from house maestro Phil Weeks and the talented Nasser Baker. Following on from that I have a release on In-Motion which is more down the techy route and comes with some heavy remixes from my friends Rod Malmok and Nikola Gala. Carl Cox has picked up an EP for his Intec imprint which will be coming later in the summer and following on from that Coyu will be releasing an EP from me on Suara. That one has a more old school influence on it, the A side more techno, the flip housey. I have a few more things as well which I’m shopping out at the moment. I want to spend as much of the summer locked away in the studio as possible.

Is there any advice that you have for any readers that are aspiring DJs and producers? Is there any important guidance you feel is essential for any young producer to know?

These are very simple bits of advice but I think very effective. Always do what you enjoy, don’t follow others just because you think its cool. Sure, take on some other sounds if you like them but don’t be a sheep. Nothing is ever easy, especially in the entertainment industry and always keep trying. Never sit back and wait, even after a few great releases. You need to always move forward and as one of my tutors at school told me, there is always room for improvement. Try to be as positive as possible and be grateful for any opportunity to travel and play a gig, from the local bar to Australia, others would kill for an opportunity to do 2 hours of something they love.

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What are you most looking forward to about playing for Rubix in Liverpool alongside Martin Buttrich?

I was lucky enough to play the first Rubix party last year and Shaun and Thomas are fantastic promoters and attentive hosts. I enjoyed every minute of the experience and they are great at what they do. Being able to come back and play for them again is a real treat and with Martin playing for them this will be their biggest show to date, something I’m proud to be a part of.

Whats in store for 2014? Will you be returning to Ibiza this year, are there any other big events coming up that you’re especially looking forward to?

The rest of 2014 is looking great. I will definitely be returning to Ibiza a couple of times this year.

I will be playing for Defected at Booom and also for La Familia at Ushuaia.

Other big events I look forward to are the Social in Maidstone in September and also travelling to new locations for me like Tunisia and Luxembourg.

And on a final note, could you list 5 of your favourite tracks right now?

There’s a lot but here’s a range of what is doing it for me right now…..

  1. Truncate - Dial (Ben Sims Remix)
  2. Truncate - Bodega (Ben Sims Remix)
  3. Mad Mike feat Davina – Don’t You Want It [Happy Records]
  4. Reelow - Illegal Jump [Serkal]
  5. Ben Sims – Freaks (Kink Remix) [Hardgroove]

Tickets available from Skiddle

By Louisa Newton

For one year only, The Warehouse Project returns to its spiritual home. 

The Store Street location buried underneath Piccadilly Station in Manchester, saw five years of WHP magic. There is something very special ahead for 2015, when WHP will celebrate ten years. Before that milestone, they will head for one-year-only back beneath the streets into the intimate confines of the Central Manchester location. Store Street will serve as the backdrop for the 2014 season with the first event revealed below, featuring extended WHP family on sale at 10am, this Thursday 12th June. The rest of the WHP14 season will be revealed in mid-July.

"A percentage of the people who attend WHP might never have had the opportunity to go Store Street. Those who did know its an unbelievable space for WHP, hidden away beneath the Manchester streets.  We said last year that WHP would be taking a different approach in 2014 and many will have been hearing rumours about something new in the pipeline for 2015 for the 10th Anniversary. So 2014 is about WHP going back to its roots. Smaller capacity, more intimate - an opportunity to revisit our spiritual home for one year only before we take the next step..”  

Sam Kandel, WHP   

'For twelve weeks the city is ours'

 Saturday 27th September 2014

SETH TROXLER
CARL CRAIG
TALE OF US
JACKMASTER
BEN UFO & PEARSON SOUND
LEON VYNEHALL
HARRI & DOMENIC
MR TIES
KRYSKO
GREG LORD

Tickets on sale 10am Thursday 12 June 2014

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 LINKS AND FURTHER INFORMATION

  

  • Tickets: £25 / £28.50 
  • Tickets on sale 10am Thursday 12 June 2014
  • Please note that the Store Street venue has a very limited capacity.
  • Tickets for all shows will be in huge demand and limited to only two per person, per event.  

For more information please visit:

www.thewarehouseproject.com

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The 14th June sees the return of Crescendo at The Boutique, this time heating things up with an exciting debut in the form of a 3 hour set from Dutch duo Redondo. Whilst still fairly young and at the beginning of their careers, they make up for this in quality of performances and production; having already created an international name for themselves over the past 5 years, Redondo are quickly becoming a name that relates to quality and are already releasing on some of the world’s best labels. Ready to conquer the world of House and Techno, Redondo’s sound fills each room with their raw and characteristic deep and tech-house style. SWITCHED’s Louisa spoke to Freek Geuze and Johan Vermeulen ahead of their Liverpool and UK debut.

Hi Redondo! For our readers that don’t know you, can you introduce yourselves?

For sure! We’re two guys from Holland who have been in the music business for about 10 years. We’ve walked many genre paths but have now finally come across the stuff we love most, and that is Redondo. 

When did Redondo form? Why did you come to the decision to start producing together?

We’ve been working on this project since about 2009/2010, but we’ve working together since 2001. We were classmates in high school, and the only ones who were busy with music and computers so it was easy to connect and make it work. 

Do you ever find it hard working in collaboration when it comes to different individual styles and preferences? How do you overcome these differences and what impact does it have your relationship in professional terms?

Not really, we’re very easy going guys, especially towards each other. Also we have the same taste, so sometimes we can even do an entire production without each other and nobody can hear the difference. There aren’t really many differences to overcome. Also our relationship in professional terms, is as easy going as it is in social terms. We like to do stuff we love and don’t let anything come in between that. 

Can you describe your production style for us? Are there any classic elements you tend to use in your work, is there anything you’d like to start experimenting with in future? How do you create a track that’s signature to Redondo?

That’s a nice question! Lately I would describe our sound as ‘House music that makes your mothers and girlfriends dance’. I think that explains it pretty well! We are not trying to be super underground, but at the same time not giving in on hypes. We just try to put a positive vibe in the tracks we produce, right now we’re working with a couple of vocalists. Before we thought that it would be easy to have a vocal and make a good track around it, but it obviously isn’t. You really have to have a super good vocal to make it work, so not ‘everything goes’. Luckily the vocalists we’re working with right now aren’t too shabby so we’re really happy about these possible collaborations. 

You’ve been receiving support from some massive names in the industry from Sander Kleinenberg,  Mark Knight and Roger Sanchez to name a few. How has this encouraged you to work even harder to gain more public recognition, also how does it feel to know that some of the biggest figures in House and Techno music are listening to your sounds?

This was a while ago, although at least two of them still play lots of stuff from us. It never gets old to see a great DJ supporting your music, putting it in his Beatport chart or just tweeting that they love it. Same goes for watching a crowd go wild to it. This is super impressive live, also watching fan’s YouTube videos is fun and the bad phone quality always makes it sound really huge for some reason. Seriously, tracks recorded live at events on YouTube tend to sound bigger than on the WAV file from Beatport.

Is there any advice that you have for any readers that are aspiring DJs and producers? Is there any important guidance you could give to our readers, that you wish someone had given to you?

Yes. Make sure you use the right samples and synths. There is so much rubbish out there. Even in packs that are pretty solid, there are total shit kick drums and snares. Make sure it sounds big and keep it minimalistic. Don’t bother to layer a hihat 8 times. It has to sound big in a club, so just 1 or 2 fat hihats will do the trick as well, 8 hihats will probably bounce each other out of the mix. Other good guidance is to have patience. If you just found out about dance music and you start producing, don’t fool yourself wanting to release within the next month. Give yourself some time, the more time you put into your own career, the more solid your progression will be and your career will last longer. 

You recently released your track “Waist Shake” on Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records which we’re big fans of, this’ll also be released as part of the Toolroom Ibiza 2014 compilation album. You also recently announced the release of your remix of Matthew Codek and Lucco’s “Do You Feel” on Konnekt, do you have anymore upcoming releases you’d like to tell us about?

A lot, we can’t really tell too many things about it yet, but we are working on a few huge follow ups for Love Too Deep. Also we’re working on a remix of Zhu – Faded which is a favourite track of ours this year, that one’s gonna be big. Also we’ve got a track called ‘Get On Up’ coming on Material’s Sonar Sampler. 

You’re also the co-owners of Dutch label Witty Tunes with Sideburn, can you tell us more about that? When did you decide to create the label and how have you found it so far?

Yes for sure, however Sideburn started the label and they are from Washington DC. They are friends of ours for a very long time, we were working on some productions back in 2010 and they asked us to come on board. We liked that and together we switched the progressive (real progressive) sound into more deep and techy based tracks. It’s really nice to have our own imprint. When we have a gig coming up we can play so many cool unreleased tracks we signed or are about to sign. The future looks bright for us, we got loads of great releases coming up.

What are you most looking forward to about playing in Liverpool? This’ll be your debut DJing in the UK, but have you visited here much before? 

First of all we love the UK accent and the fact you guys also like beer and football. Separately it’s not really our debut as we’ve played with a few different projects in London back in the day, but for Redondo it is indeed our debut and we’ve been getting a lot of nice feedback from the UK so something must be buzzing!. Also Love Too Deep is gaining great support by being played on BBC1 Radio and Ministry Of Sound. We hope it will be a great debut with a full crowd. You can expect a lot of exclusive stuff blowing out of the speakers!

And on a final note, could you list 5 of your favourite tracks right now?

  1. Teenage Mutants & Purple Disco Machine – The Path. Great summer track on Suara, recently released.
  2. Drunky Daniels & Mateus B – Reckless. Hot grooves from our own Witty imprint.
  3. Whitelabel – Sunshine. Little teaser but this is a collaboration from us with another dutch producer and it’s sounding super hot already. 
  4. Dr. Kucho – Patricia Never Leaves The House (Danny Serrano Remix) Danny remixed this classic for Witty, we licensed the original from Kucho. It will be out in late summer 2014. 
  5. TrockenSaft & Spencer K – Come To Me. Great anthem out on Witty Tunes right now. Summer stuff!

Tickets available from Skiddle

By Louisa Newton

Fuck Buttons @ Nation

SWITCHED photographer Jack McVann attended Liverpool Sound City and documents it through various photographs for our readers.

SWITCHED photographer Jack McVann takes on Liverpool Sound City and documents it for you.

East India Youth @ Nation

A series of graphic textiles prints created by extorting and layering photographs taken at techno events and festivals around Europe, including DC10 (Ibiza), Social Club (Paris), Sankeys (Ibiza), Concrete Club (Paris), Parklife Festival (Manchester), Creamfields and Haus Warehouse (Liverpool). Used as part of the UAL Journeys Project and university portfolio.

By Louisa Newton

Sugarmen @ LEAF

SWITCHED photographer Jack McVann attended Liverpool Sound City and took some striking snaps for you all.

The Wild Eyes @ The Shipping Forecast

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A series of Feminist artworks by SWITCHED editor Benjy Prescott, challenging the idea of female body expectations and stereotyping of female glamour. A visual-empowerment for women through sculpture.

SWITCHED photographer Jack McVann attended Liverpool Sound City and took some striking snaps for you all.

Strange Collective @ The Black-E

For more of Jack’s personal photographs, check out his website

Photos of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool by Louisa Newton. Used as a primary source for her UAL FMP in “Catholic Guilt”.

Kodaline @ Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Fat White Family @ The Black-E

SWITCHED photographer Jack McVann attended Liverpool Sound City and took some striking snaps for you all.

For more of Jack’s personal photographs, check out his website

SWITCHED photographer Jack McVann attended Liverpool Sound City and took some striking snaps for you all. 

Drenge @ The Kazimier 

For more of Jack’s personal photographs, check out his website.

Sculptural outcomes, based on the concept of Genitalia, using unorthodox materials. Presenting male and female genitalia visually in a conceptual, satirical and somewhat grotesque manor. 

By Benjy Prescott

De Hoer’s kamer from Louisa Newton on Vimeo.

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An Art installation project featuring a perceived concept of what a bedroom in a dutch brothel looks like. Part of the FMP for UAL Level 3 Drawing Award.

By Louisa Newton