A Sit Down With DJ Mark Sherry
In 2014 he founded Outburst Records, which has had releases supported by an abundance of a-list DJs within the dance music scene. On Saturday 14th November his label will host one of the rooms at Trance Sunctuary, so we quizzed the man himself about the label, productions and those classic tracks.
"My music has always been very techy with lots of groove and percussive elements anyway, so it's not much different to be honest, just a lot less melody involved."
To be a DJ nowadays means to travel a lot around the globe. Beside it`s exciting it also can be very exhausting. How do you keep in the right balance of it?
I train very hard in the gym! I feel that keeping fit really helps me to stay focused in the studio and also really helps the bad effects of longhaul flights and jetlag etc. A good regime of cardio, weights and metafit based workouts really helps me. Healthy body = healthy mind and all that..
Is there a person or persons , so that helped a lot ... you owe it to some degree and career?
There are several names that i worked with at the very start of my solo career, like my bro David Forbes and other big names like Matt Darey, Nick Sentiece and BK. They all asked me down to their studios in England to work with them for a few days, so that was an incredible experience..I learned LOADS from them! I have been heavily influenced by names like Mauro Picotto and Marco V (as I have already mentioned) but also Sander van Doorn is in his amazing techy days .
What do you think of trance productions, today?
There is a lot of very commercial trance around, which I absolutely hate..but at the same time there is also a lot of really good stuff, so its no problem I just ignore the crap stuff. Everyone has a different meaning for the word trance now, for me its the more uptempo and energetic stuff that I love..but at the same time I also love the slower/groovier tech-trance sound. I like to mix things up between both.
You are respected throughout the world by renowned DJs for your mixing and your DJ skills. Do you think the standardization of production structures has influenced mixing in a bad way? Did the standardized structures make electronic music, especially Trance, boring to mix for DJs, and predictable for fans when they stand in front of the DJ? Should we be able to predict everything or we should always let the mix surprise us?
Like explained above, during the preparation of my old school music recently, I did notice how varied the intros/outros of the music used to be back then. Not the generic format that most releases are these days ie 32 bar intro, 32 bar outro. But to be honest, the intros and outros arent really very important parts, its what happens in between these parts that count. I try and be creative when Im mixing by chopping up techno through trance etc. I really love doing this, gives me a real buzz when Im playing around with 3 or 4 decks and doing some beat juggling with live mashups... Ive done some intro mixes in my time, to break away from the boring 32 bar intro format, but Id say that most people want a no-brainer standard DJ intro at the end of the day.
Being so busy with your own productions and touring, how do you manage to find time to balance that with Outburst Records and having a social life?
Social life? Sorry? What does that mean? I do still get the odd weekend off so the only thing I can do is make the most of any free time that I get. But it's quite a rare occurrence to be honest.
Youve got a wealth of original productions under your belt. When are we going to see you do the live thing?
I do the live thing with Public Domain as you know so Im not really interested in doing a live thing on my own. I love my DJing too much. Its just great having the chance to go out and play my own tracks when I DJ because I put so many man hours into my production in the studio.
When it comes to the business nowadays, what is the biggest innovation in your opinion for music producing?
You have to stay fresh or else you will go unnoticed, so its very important to stay open-minded and stay in touch with whats going on round about you, especially when it comes to checking out other producers/DJs etc etc. Im always listening to podcasts and DJ sets from right across all genres to try and come up with new ideas and sounds. I also keep all of my software up to date as much as i can, this can make a huge difference to your productions, it will keep you inspired.
How do you imagine the trance EDM big room sound in the next ten years?
It wont be here hopefully. I cant stand EDM as Ive already said haha. For me it is the worst sound that there has ever been in dance music in the last 20 years!
What is a normal day for you when you arent on tour?
Record label work, emails, studio work, gym time, relaxing with my fiancée thats a typical day for me. I try and keep my weekdays as normal as possible within the usual office hours. This keeps me focused, productive, creative and most of all..SANE!
What is the future of tech-trance? What kind of sounds should we expect to come?
I predict that things will be going into a darker direction again, a lot more underground. This whole explosion of EDM releases can only last for so long. More and more of the trance/tech-trance producers like myself (I am sure anyway) will start to make a lot more music for the dark and sweaty nightclubs and raves bring it on I say!!
Do you have any particular producers at the moment whos productions you are particularly liking?
I'm absolutely loving Alex Di Stefano, Signum, Tempo Giusto, Jamie Walker, Stephen Kirkwood and Paul Denton's productions at the minute. They are all currently doing stuff on Outburst for me. Plus Lostly, Adam Ellis and Vlind along with Paul Thomas & Shadow of Two also have some really tasty tech stuff coming up on the label next year too.
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