Besides being a hard-working artist and owner of the ThanQ music label, Marina Karamarko, formerly known as Miss Soulfly, is a person with loads of super energy ... and we had the chance to experience that and slipped in a quick meeting after her performance last Friday in Ljubljana. So, we present you some interesting facts, that you shouldn’t miss! It all started back in 2005 when she decided to transform her love for music into her life’s passion. She worked on her skills and after a few summer residencies, she was sure this is the career she wanted to pursue. Her capacity to understand the music, its layers and her natural ability to entertain and connect, brought her massive respect from her colleagues and the crowd, who appreciate her sincerity, openness and the fact that she’s simple, approachable and loves what she does.
In 2008 she earned an Audio Engineering Diploma at SAE University in Ljubljana and since then she’s been gaining more knowledge and experience as a sound engineer and producer, all of which lead to an in-depth understanding of the music she makes and plays. In 2012 Marina joined the Innocent Music label and regularly plays at their events and adding to her fortune are signed contracts with labels such as Baile Musik, Deep Tech Records, Albatory, Blacksoul Music, etc.
In 2013 she won the Croatian finale of the Burn Studios Residency contest and joined the Burn Residency Bootcamp on Ibiza, where she worked with outstanding artists like Steve Lawler, Solomun, Maceo Plex, ... Her talent and dedication didn’t go unnoticed and she landed a well-deserved residency at the renowned Sankeys Ibiza club, where she played on Viva Warriors nights with Steve Lawler, Darius Syrossian, Sante, Phillip Bader, Guti, Robert Dietz, Detlef, Anek and many more. She also took part in the Sonar Off Festival and had the chance to play all over Ibiza in clubs like Privilege, Sands and the top radio stations. The residency on Ibiza got her new connections and opportunities and following her first season on the Island, the gigs just kept on coming – after London and Manchester, she had a mini US tour, playing in New York, Miami and Orlando.
2015 was a big year for her, celebrating 10 years behind the decks and launching her own label called ThanQ, a brand recognised by exceptional quality and positive vibes, which was in the making for a long time but has already established itself as a unique and respected label. This led to Marina being busier than ever, with a full schedule and bunch of great releases coming our way. And now, as the cherry on top, here are the lovely answers she gave us for our 101.
What’s your favourite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without? I
always try not to attach myself to things, but it’s not easy. All the toys I have, I could easily live without, but my attachment to my MacBook is maybe the strongest.
Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?
Big festivals for sure, it’s the best feeling ever.
Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?
Sankeys, for sure! I’ve played Sankeys Ibiza, Manchester and New York and all of them were über mesmerising. :)
What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?
The best experience at a gig was after my first summer on Ibiza – the welcome back gig at my hometown Rijeka. I managed to fill the club to its full capacity and everyone came to congratulate me, hug me and tell me they were so happy for me ... and the vibe was just crazy that night. The worst experience was one gig I had in the Factory club in Rovinj (Croatia), where the sound was so bad, that I almost cancelled everything.
Still, I kept it professional, trying not to put more stress on the promoters. I closed the show and at the end, I was accused of killing the speakers. So ... I didn’t get paid and the room I got was an after party location. The driver was 2 hours late and I almost missed my flight back to Ibiza ... It truly was the worst experience ever.
Do you have any interests besides music?
Yeah, a lot of them. Quantum physics, the human mind and the emotional body, self-progress, living an authentic life, nature and all of its remedies, optimal health and healthy food, sustainable living and the power of love are all my interests and sometimes I feel overwhelmed with all the things I want to learn.
Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets?
Anything with the Sun involved is a winner for me!
What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry?
Hmm, I like that nowadays you can do a lot with a little and people are more connected than ever. You can do a bunch, regardless of your position on Earth or the money you have. On the other hand, money is the main fuel behind most things and it dictates the music industry and its trends.
What I don’t like is, how some people are built on hype and connections and not their ability to move the dance floor. I also don’t like the unhealthy lifestyle around it and that DJs, who’re smashed out of their minds, don’t give a 100 %, but are still paid heaps of money.
If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?
What’s your biggest fear?
I don’t have one.
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?
There was a lot of crazy funny moments, but the last one I can remember now is when one guy in Berlin, who listened to me spin a week before in another club, came to me and brought me a box with a cake inside, with some music notes over it! I was absolutely astonished and touched!
Could you pick one timeless track?
Sante – Whispering.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Yeah, ThanQ for having me, SOLVD mag. It was a pleasure. I just wish everyone remembers, that they came here to make an impact! Make it count! Do good! Move things! Appreciate what’s been given to you and make the best of it.