We continue our Artist Interview series with Australian DJ & Producer Marcus Santoro, who’s been making a name for himself in the Progressive House scene. We spoke about his new release “Halo“, what it takes to produce the music you love and dream collaborations.
Firstly, can you tell our readers a little about yourself, and how you got into electronic music?
“Hey there! I’m Marcus Santoro, 22 years old from Melbourne Australia and I’m a producer, remixer and DJ. I got into electronic music about 14 years ago although music was always apart of my life growing up. My father was a DJ back in the 70s/80s so vinyl, turntables, disco music was always around me growing up as a kid. I grew up listening to Giorgio Moroder, KC & The Sunshine Band, Daft Punk, Michael Jackson and many others. Around 2004, I was given a DVD from one of my cousins of Tiesto’s concert and I was immediately addicted to the world of electronic dance music. Shortly after I discovered artists like Axwell, Dirty South, Above & Beyond and the rest is history!”
You’ve just released a new record on Enhanced Recordings, where did the inspiration stem from with this release?
“‘Halo’ was inspired from my previous single ‘Savitar’ that was released on Armada’s sub-label Statement!. I wanted something a bit more energetic and “rave” orientated so I started working on a cool vibe and ended up landing on what was the final of ‘Halo’. I’m very happy with this record, it’s definitely something fresh from me as I’d taken a step back from the more melodic style drops…I think this one is built for the club/festival circuit and couldn’t be happier to release it on Enhanced!”
How would you describe your style musically?
“For those who are perhaps unfamiliar with my sound, I would say it mainly revolves around the melody. For me, melodic music is why I love what I do. I always have something to do with melodies in records, although I do love a nice groove bass-line and super sick chords. I also like to merge the modern Progressive Trance sound with the classic main room Progressive House sound. I take a lot of inspiration from artists like Alesso, Swedish House Mafia, Dirty South, Above & Beyond, Martin Garrix, DubVision, Armin van Buuren etc…”
When making music, what helps you be creative? Are there any tips or tricks you can share?
“It’s a good question but there’s no ‘real’ answer, simply because creativity stems from everything and anything! Usually, I’m most inspired/creative from listening to heaps of new music, although I think the key to being creative is just really giving it a crack and seeing where you end up, not forcing yourself or applying so much pressure to one particular thing. I used to be super forceful on the process when trying to write, and I’d get writers block super fast and therefore lose the interest, but the past 12 months has seen my work ethic change to a more relaxed and simplistic approach, and I find I’m a lot more creative and writing the best music I’ve ever written!”
If there was any artist you could work with (dead or alive) who would it be, and why?
“I’d HAVE to answer this with both a dead or alive artist because it’s just simply too hard to choose one! If I wanted to work with any artist that is now passed, I’d say Michael Jackson. Michael was an artist who triggered my love for music as a whole and I still listen to his music religiously. An artist who is alive today, I’d really love to work with London Grammar. Their music is where I get a lot of my inspiration from and I’d like to think we’d have a great chemistry in writing a super melodic banger haha. Although there are many countless artists I’d love to work with, these two would have to top the list at the moment!”
Finally, what’s in the pipeline for Marcus Santoro for the rest of 2018?
“2018 is certainly shaping up to be an interesting and exciting year. I’m working on loads of new material, including some proper vocal records and collaborations with some artists I’ve wanted to work with for a while. I’m also heading to perform my first international show in July that I cannot say too much about just yet, but it’s certainly a massive statement for my debut show halfway across the world!”
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