101 with Mark Reeve

If you're seriously interested in techno music then you've certainly come across Mark Reeve before. In search of an inspirational scene, Mark has moved from England to Germany more than a decade ago. This allowed him to truly develop his sound which was later on discovered by Sven Väth and has since released his groundbreaking productions on iconic labels such as Cocoon, Drumcode, Soma, Second State, Bedrock, and many more. 

Mark's unique approach behind the desk allows him to take listeners on a thrilling journey full of hard driving beats and intense melodies at dance floors around the globe such as Awakenings Gashouder, Space Ibiza, Fabrik Madrid or Rex Club.

In 2015, Mark decided to launch his own imprint, which seemed like an essential step in his evolution. SubVision acts as a platform not only for Mark but for all kinds of true talent that keeps pushing their underground sound onto dance floors worldwide. 

What was the funniest / most bizarre request you’ve ever had while playing?

The funniest must have been being asked to play anything from Michael Jackson. But even more funny was that I did actually play "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" and the whole place was lit!

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

My set up is very simple. I use a Lenovo workstation with Ableton. Hardware with Mophox4 and Virus and I also use the Diva Plugin a lot as well as Dune 2.

Could you tell us the story about your first gig?

The first gig was something that I actually organised myself. It was meant to be about 20 people and friends I had invited, but word got around and in the end 200 people ended up coming along! It was held in a forest, like a mini rave, it was a lot of fun, and a really amazing memory not to be forgotten!

Name three artists that currently inspire you.

Pig&Dan, Tim Green, Stephan Bodzin.

Recall the worst experience of ‘killing the vibe’ in the club.

Ohhh... I got really really drunk in a bad way and played the wrong track. It was a deep house tune which completely and utterly killed the vibe on the dance-floor. I was all over the place and if people would have had eggs with them, I would have been hit by many. It was not one of my finest moments, but you learn!

What do you do before and after your set?

I don't really do anything regimented but I usually talk to the clubbers at the venue and do some crazy selfies. It’s nice to talk to fans and then hang out with the promoters.

After my set, I generally hang around for a bit and chat to people, especially if you are at a festival with friends, it’s nice. I’ll have a gin & tonic and say goodbye to the fans with some more pics, and then slowly but surely get to my hotel bed to sleep!

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I used to be the paperboy in my local area. My job was to deliver all the magazines and newspapers to basically every single letterbox… and there was a lot. Never again!

What are your favourite labels at the moment?

I really like some of the late stuff that Afterlife has been putting out, and I do like the more melodic releases, especially going into summer.

Imagine a cold winter, a fireplace and two glasses of wine—what song would you play?

Best of Marvin Gaye.

Last but not least. What's the best advice you've ever received?

Follow your dreams, don’t hold back and show everyone what you're made of. You only live once so make the most out of it!

Mark's forthcoming collab EP with Pig&Dan will be out via ELEVATE on 29th June. The EP is already available to pre-order via Beatport. 

By Saša, edited on 21 June 2018