Interview with Markus Schulz – June 2011 NEH Magazine

To follow is the interview I did with Markus Schulz as part of the 2011 World DJ Festival review in the June “The Arts Issue” of NEH Magazine.

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Ranked the number eight DJ in the world by DJ Magazine in 2009, and considered by many to be the number one club DJ in America, it doesn’t get much more big time than Markus Schulz. Years of constant touring, releasing several albums, and blasting his music weekly on the “Global DJ Broadcast” have paid huge dividends, as his blend of progressive house and trance music is widely recognized as some of the best and most influential around.

What does this touring veteran think of the Korean crowd? The World DJ Festival in general? Which performances did he want to catch? What can you expect out of him in the future? We met with Markus Schulz minutes before he stepped on the Sound Stage to headline Saturday night of the World DJ Festival.

NEH
Have you been to Korea before?

Markus Schulz
Yeah, this is actually my third time coming here. The other two times that I’ve been here I played in clubs. This is my first time playing a big festival, so I’m really excited about it.

NEH
What are your impressions of Korea?

Markus Schulz
You know what, all the times that I’ve played here in the clubs, they have gotten really out of hand. I haven’t taken a peek yet at the audience here, but I imagine from what I hear that it’s out of hand out here as well.

NEH
Impressions of the World DJ Festival and this event in general?

Markus Schulz
I’m really impressed. Everything is put together nicely. The stages look really amazing. The talent is amazing– I mean, if I didn’t arrive so late into the airport, I would have been here checking out some of the other talent because there is some really good talent on here. The talent and the production is really top notch at this festival.

NEH
Speaking of other artists, who would you have liked to see?

Markus Schulz
I’m good friends with AVICCI, I would love to see him. Moon Beam is playing right now, I’m a big fan of Moon Beam. He’s done quite a lot of work for my label. I did get a chance to check out Dada Life. I think they’re like on fire right now. And then Judge Jules is on right now, he’s a good friend of mine. All these guys, we always run into each other at festivals like this, and it’s nice to kind of catch up with them and hear what they’re playing.

NEH
I read that you’ve been on tour for quite a while.

Markus Schulz
Yeah, you know touring is pretty much perpetual. You have a few weeks off here and there, but it’s like non-stop touring.

NEH
Anything from this current stretch that sticks out as being really memorable? I read on your blog that you had some fun recently in Russia.

Markus Schulz
There’s always crazy stuff that happens on tour. As a matter of fact, my tour DVD is coming out, and you get to see a lot of the craziness that happens on the DVD. On this tour for example I started off in Thailand, and that was just an absolute crazy party there. It was like… the crowd was like… it was wild. It was like a Boy George type party, an outrageous party. They were really going off to the music. Last night I played in Taipei, and that was another crazy party. There were people in the front row trying to climb up on stage. It’s been a lot of fun this past tour, that’s for sure.

NEH
The DVD is being released on May 13th right?

Markus Schulz
Yeah, yeah, I’m really excited about it. You know the camera guys were just following me around, filming what it’s like. The funny thing is, the camera guys had to take a break. We filmed for two weeks, they took a break, and then they came back. We finished while we continued the tour because they couldn’t even handle the tour. They were jet lagged, they were tired, they couldn’t keep up, and I’m like, “Come on guys, this is what I do.”

NEH
I read that you owned a record a record shop in Phoenix.

Markus Schulz
I had a record shop in Arizona called “Plastic Records”.

NEH
Did you hold on to some of those records?

Markus Schulz
Yeah, you know what, I always wanted to open up a record store again, so I held on to all the old inventory, and I have a storage unit now in Miami with all those old records. Tons of old stuff. It’s kind of sad because vinyl is finished. But those are pieces of dance music history that I have in storage there, that I hold very dear to me.

NEH
What is it that you appreciate about vinyl?

Markus Schulz
A lot of it is the nostalgia. The visual thing, from the album covers to the art that went into it. And then also the sound. I mean, on these festival sound systems you can’t tell, but I remember I was at an after party, and they had stacks of vinyl everywhere, and one turntable. And you could just pull out something from the wall, put it on the turntable, and just spin it, and it sounded so warm, so full of bottom end. The vibe was really cool. I think that’s what’s missing. But at these festivals, you can’t really tell. I could be up there playing vinyl, and no one would notice the difference.

NEH
You have an album coming out soon?

Markus Schulz
I’m releasing my new Dakota album. My Dakota alias is more darker, clubbier stuff. So there’s a “Markus Schulz presents Dakota” album coming out, and I’m really proud of that. It’s all really pretty thrashing club music.

NEH
Are there any current trends in the music business, something that you appreciate, or something that you’re excited about?

Markus Schulz
In the last year it feels like there is a whole new generation of clubbers that have started coming out, and there are a lot of DJs… and artists that cater to that generation have just like, blown up. There’s like a whole recycling of the scene. A whole new generation that’s just entered the scene. It’s really cool because they are so full of energy and the new DJs that are popping up have new sounds and new ideas. It keeps the dance music scene really fresh.

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~ by ripcitytoseoul on June 8, 2011.

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