'The Track That...' with Mark Sherry
The track that never fails to put a smile on my face is... Solarstone ‘Seven Cities’ (V-One Mix). It’s just one of those ‘pull-the-heart-string’ anthems that reminds me of the huge trance boom of the late 90’s. It absolutely lifts the roof off every single time!
The track that I’m playing every gig at the moment is... Mark Sherry ‘Gravitational Waves’. Just a shameful plug of my brand new single that’s just been released on Outburst. It’s an unofficial follow up to my ‘Pillars of Creation’ single from last year on Subculture and is currently being hammered by Armin, Schulz, Patterson, Kearney & Suckley to name a few!
The track that I wish I’d produced is... The KLF ‘What Time Is Love’. This is such an old school rave classic that reminds me off being a rebellious teenager and being hell-bent on becoming a DJ/producer haha. ‘The White Room’ by The KLF was the soundtrack to my late teenage years; I still play it to this day – quality!
The track that could make a grown man cry is... Westbam ‘Wizards of the Sonic’ (Red Jerry vs Matt Darey Remix). The first person I heard playing this was Colin Tevendale in Glasgow 1998 and it absolutely destroyed the club, I had never seen a reaction like it before. The emotion that it manages to create is off the chart and I’ve had several conversations with Matt about him making something like this again. I was also a huge fan of Red Jerry (from Hooj Choons) so this remix really was a match made in heaven!
The track that isn’t electronic dance music, but rocks all the same is... INXS ‘Need You Tonight’. If The KLF album was the dance soundtrack to my teenage years then this was the ‘rock’ soundtrack to my skateboarding days. This also still gets a battering today; it’s such a good album. I wish Hutcheson was still alive today. I bet he’d still be amazing live and one of these artists/bands that could stand the test of time.
The track that should have been in a movie is... Gouryella ‘Anahera’. I would love to hear some kind of ambient version of Ferry’s track that utilizes that gorgeous piano and chords. It would work really well in some kind of Interstellar meets Sunshine sci-fi adventure, Hans Zimmer stylee!
The track that is so perfect in its Original form it should never be touched by man nor remixer is... Loving You More (BT's Primoridial Sound 12' Vocal) [Perfecto]. Another unreal track that reminds me of my early clubbing days. To say that this track is ‘genius’ is a serious understatement. The production in it still baffles me to this day. I would have gladly traded one of my arms to have been able to sit in with Brian on these studio sessions – amazing!
The track that changed my life is... Hardfloor ‘Acperience’. I heard Pete Tong play this on Radio 1 on a Saturday night in 1992 and it blew me away. I’d never heard anything like it before and was determined to track it down on vinyl. I went to a club called The Bobby Jones in Ayr that night and an old friend of mine Trevor Reilly played it in the club, I recognized it right away and started smiling ear from ear – needless to say the club completely lost the plot and he played it as the last track of the night so I was in my element haha.
The track that I’ve just put out there... Will Atkinson ‘Pat Butcher’… Craziest tune of the year alert! Will is one of the best and most innovative trance/tech-trance producers out there at the minute – this causes utter carnage anytime I play it. It’s just a proper good fun release that does what ‘Joyenergiser’ on BXR did all those years ago – heads will roll!
This month, with the release of its debut two-disc music compilation, Mark opens up a new front for Outburst. In keeping with his toughened sonic composite, Mark’s ‘Prism Vol. 1’ disc provides a highly galvanized, breakneck-paced showcase of his label’s tech effect. For the release, he’s also brought Alex di Stefano on-board. The man behind ‘Escape From the Past’ and ‘I’ve Got The Power’ – two of Outburst’s most celebrated releases to date, the Italian has all but sprinted into the trance consciousness and now steps up to mix his first compilation disc.
So buckle-up tight folks! With music & mixes from leading lights including Ferry Corsten, Cosmic Gate, Aly & Fila, Mauro Picotto, Solarstone, Sunscreem, Heatbeat, Bryan Kearney & Will Atkinson, Joint Operations Centre, Max Graham, Sean Tyas and masses more besides, the first volume of ‘Prism’s been well and truly primed!
The album’s out now. Your copy of Outburst presents Prism Volume 1 is available here: https://outburst.choons.at/prism1