SCKT is soon launching its new Portal series, so we caught up with Markus to find out more out this and his other forthcoming projects…
> For the people reading this who haven’t heard your music before, how would you describe your style, and the key elements that define it?
No non-sense Techno – Music with soul!
> Your most recent release is on SCKT which is a label you run personally, could you tell us about the concept of the new EP?
The newest EP starts a new series on my label, which is called „Portal“. The idea for this series is to release more soulful and hypnotic tracks and always just two tracks, to guarantee a good sound quality and loudness on vinyl. I felt the need to separate it from my normal label, as I produced a lot of softer and different stuff during the last one and a half years, than the stuff I normally would release on SCKT. Every release will be stamped by myself and limited to 300 copies, no repress. So if it’s gone, it’s gone.
For the first release I decided to pick the track „Infinity“ as an opener for the label. I produced it exactly one year after my mother passed away. Something magical happened in the studio this day.
> Could you talk us through the creative process of putting a track together, and list any specific equipment used to bring your sound to life?
There’s no formula, everything is random error.
> How are things going with your label SCKT… how many releases have you put out so far, and which artists have you got tracks or remixes from?
So far I am really happy with the outcome on SCKT, can’t tell I regret anything I put out here. So far it have been 12 releases, 8 on the main label, 3 as a small remix series and now the Portal. I just release my own music but decided after 3 years to ask some of my fav producers to remix their favorite tracks from the label, so I am proud to have remixes by Albert van Abbe, Bleak, DVS1, ROD, Splice (one half of Skudge) and The Artist Formerly Known As 19.4188.8.131.52.5.18.
> I understand you also press vinyl on SCKT, and I wanted to ask your personal opinion on the longevity of vinyl, as over the years there has been much discussion on the subject?
Well, it’s the medium I started with DJing and I still love it. It’s something collectable, something with a value and a design object. If you buy a vinyl you pay the record dealer, distributor, label and artist – simple as that. There is no discussion for me!
> What’s coming up next in your schedule, do you have any exciting gigs or big releases in the pipeline?
Next releases will be on Made of Concrete, the label run by Rebar and on ODD/EVEN, the label run by my close friend Andre Kronert. For gigs you better check my website www.markussuckut.com
> Could you give some advice or words of wisdom to any aspiring producers who might look to your music for inspiration?
Do not copy others, try to find your own style or signature!
> Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today, we like to finish our interviews with a couple of questions that are a little bit light hearted… without getting to personal, could you tell us something many don’t know about you?
> You don’t need to mention names, but what’s the most “outrageous” thing you have ever seen happen in a club… was it something outrageously brilliant, like a blindfolded DJ mixing seamlessly and scratching with their elbows, or something outrageously cringe-worthy, like some embarrassing drunk person urinating on the dancefloor?
What happens in the club, stays in the club.
> Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, is there anything extra you want to add before we wrap up the conversation?
Don’t believe everything you see on „social“ media!
>You can pick up a up a copy of Portal (Part One) from …HERE…