'The Track That...' with Markus Schulz
The track that never fails to put a smile on my face is Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock. It was probably that one defining moment, which made me, fall in love with breakdancing, and would therefore lead me towards my first footsteps in DJing. When my group of friends began organizing breakdance parties, this was always the tune I pushed to hear the most.
The track that I’m playing every gig at the moment is Stoneface & Terminal - Spectre. They have been on fire this past while and the melody blew me away when hearing it for the first time. I think this will be one of the tracks of 2016.
The track that I wish I’d produced is Cass & Slide - Perception. It reminds me so much of my time in London, around the turn of the millennium. Along with living on Coldharbour Lane in Brixton and taking in influences from various producers working in their studios around me, I would regularly attend nights at Turnmills (the former home of The Gallery) and Ministry of Sound, to see the big international DJs perform.
Out of all of the influences, the one track, which resonated with me the deepest, was Perception. A year later, when they added Naimee Coleman’s vocals to the track, it solidified as an all time favorite for me - the one tune I wish I could have made myself. And fortunately, I had the opportunity to pay tribute to the original with my own version on the Do You Dream album, featuring the amazing Justine Suissa on vocals. The lyrics are so incredibly moving and powerful - “rise up together” is a slogan I think we can all live by.
The track that could make a grown man cry is Masters & Nickson featuring Justine Suissa - Out There (5th Dimension) (Christian Rusch Chillout Mix). There is a deep resonance between my fans and this particular track thanks to its regular appearances in the Global DJ Broadcast Sunrise Sets. A very emotional closer.
The track that isn’t electronic dance music, but rocks just the same is Coldplay - Adventure of a Lifetime. I'm a huge admirer of their work, and their melodies and lyric lines are so infectious. The whole album A Head Full of Dreams I'd definitely recommend to give a thorough listen.
The track that should have been in a movie is Markus Schulz featuring Ana Diaz - Nothing Without Me. Because surely there are enough movies with stalkers that need the perfect stalker anthem, right?
The track that is so perfect in its Original form it should never be touched by man nor remixer is Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond. The absolute defining song for a sunset. If you ever go to Ibiza, make sure you have that song on your phone or your mp3 player to listen as the sun goes down. Make an intro out of it, but never remix it.
The tracks that changed my life were...
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls. It is such a beautiful track that touches the soul. One of the best basslines ever heard in a piece of music, and the pads are just mesmerizing. When that saxophone hits, I just melt. I think it has been quite influential to a lot of people in the electronic world, it was so ahead of its time.
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven… It’s one of those pieces of music that you study and try to understand how the different segments worked when combined together.
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon album. It was way ahead of its time; and even today it provides me with countless ideas and inspirations. For me, it is the album that defined a journey.
The tracks that I’ve just put out there is my whole sixth artist album Watch The World, which is the culmination of two years in the studio, and one built on a backbone of personal songwriting - born out of creating stories that begin with a pen, a blank piece of paper, and a guitar. The first results of which everyone heard was Destiny, and the support of the fans gave me confidence to pursue this songwriting path.
Of course, there will be some instrumental pieces on the album as well, but the real stories are the words contained within and how they connect with us - stories that bind us together as a community.
Albums for me are milestones, so I’m very nervous yet excited about how everyone is going to resonate with this particular chapter.
Thanks for that Markus - some great insights into your musical background there! As he mentioned above, Markus’ new album Watch The World is out today and available via iTunes and physically, through Fine Night. You can get ahold of it through this link and stay on top of all of Markus’ happenings through the resources below.