101 with Markus Homm

Markus Homm is a Romania born artist who lives in Nurnberg, Germany. He started his music career more than a decade ago and he managed to travel the world since then. He released music on respectable labels such as Cyclic Records, Moan, Dynamic and Hot Stuff imprint. 

We invited him to our 101 show prior to his Bondage Music EP which was released in July. You can check the release, which can be found both on digital as well as vinyl, HERE

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

There have been a few funny ones but I can’t really remember anything particular besides being asked "do you play Shakira?” to which I responded, "I just played it a few minutes ago“. It's funnier when people turn up at the DJ Booth and try to order 3 tequilas from you!

Can you describe your studio setup for us?

I am working on Ableton & Bitwig as my DAW, I use a bit of everything. From samples libraries to my external Devices like Elektron Machinedrum, 909, 303, Matrix 1000, DSI Tetra, Microfreak from Arturia, Micro Korg, Korg EX8000 and a few more. Also some external EFX and EQs from API & SSL. My Monitoring is done on the Amphion Two 18 I love them and really happy with the setup. 

Could you tell us the story about your first gig? 

My first gig was in Germany. A friend of mine had a birthday and rented a club. So after years of practicing at home on my turntables, I finally had a chance to play at a club. It was funny because I quickly realized I had to practice a lot more :)

Name three artists that currently inspire you. 

There is a lot of amazing producers out there, it's hard to name just three. I listen to a lot of music and I listen mostly with the ear of a producer and appreciate the production and the mixing of a track. I'm always looking for ways to improve and learn.

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

Usually, ones where the police come and turn down the sound, that pretty much kills the vibe... I think that’s the worst part when you have a great night. I've had a few funny moments when suddenly a wedding party turns up in the club, but that’s funny and I don’t find that ‘killing the vibe' :)

What do you do before and after your set? 

I try to sleep before or listen through some music, and then I go to the club at least one hour before to feel the vibe and listen to the DJ before me. After my set, I like to stay longer in the club if I can. Sometimes it’s not possible though, for example, if I have to leave early in the morning and I want to catch a few hours of sleep, I go to the hotel.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? 

I don't think I’ve really ever had a terrible job. There were some jobs as a teenager that I didn’t like much, like gardening work or similar stuff like that to make some money, but I was thankful at the time as I had a chance to make money. I think it's important to go through all of it as it makes you appreciate the better times.

What are your favorite labels at the moment? 

Some labels I'm always checking are the likes of 8Bit, Pokerflat, Still Hot, Knee Deep… but there is definitely a lot more on my list!

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

Anything from the album "Lovers Rock” from Sade.

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

I got the advice some years ago not to quit my job and to focus on music. I'm happy I still have a job beside the music, the music world is an escape from reality for me, I love everything about it. I also don’t have the financial pressure to do anything in the music world that I don’t like. I think that situation gives me a lot of freedom and also supports creativity. It started from a passion when I was 15 and I've found a way to keep it alive as long as possible.

By Saša, edited on 07 August 2019