There was a time when Marco Sterk a.k.a. Young Marco’s talents as a DJ andproducer were among Amsterdam’s best-kept secrets. For well over adecade, he plied his trade, largely unheralded, on the city’s undergrounddance music scene.
It was here, via several now infamous residencies, that he learnt his craft,gaining a reputation for ballsy, genre-defying eclecticism, playing sets thatjoined the dots between everything from tropical rhythms, afro gems andquirky Middle Eastern disco, to lost proto-house, throbbing techno andindustrial-strength jack-tracks.
These days, the Dutchman’s talents are widely known around the World. Hisposition as a crate digger, record collector and infamous party-starter nowguarantees a packed schedule of gigs in Europe, North America and beyond.His passion for working a dancefloor with “strange music” and “unclassics” isrenowned, and it’s this that makes his sets so special.
This humid, off-kilter obsession with the inspired and unusual has become ahallmark of Marco’s music, too. Once a key part of the Rush Hour family – thelegendary Amsterdam label releasing a number of his early singles – in 2011he made his debut on Lovefingers’ highly regarded ESP Institute label. Hisfirst two EPs for the label set out his now-trademark style, and won supportfrom the likes of Dixon and James Murphy, amongst others, along the way.It’s perhaps unsurprising that a string of remix requests followed, leading tonow classic reworks for the likes of Heatsick, Joakim, Francis Bebey and SoftRocks. His 2013 remix of Tony G’s “Dreams”, a killer chunk of blissful newage deep house, became one of the most in-demand and sought after recordsof that year. At the tail end of 2015, the best of these remixes were gatheredtogether on Sorry For The Late Reply, the first release on Marco’s freshlyminted Safe Trip imprint.
2014 saw the release of his most accomplished studio work to date, thesuperb debut album Biology on ESP Institute. Wonderfully picturesque,melodious, humid and glassy-eyed, it received rave reviews and confirmed hisstatus as one of electronic music’s truly unique voices.
The same year also saw the release of Clouds, a magical collaborative fulllengthwritten and produced in a weekend with Italian ambient pioneer GigiMasin and British artist Jonny Nash. Credited to Gaussian Curve and releasedby Amsterdam’s Music From Memory label, it was the unfeasibly beautifulsound of three like-minded musicians working towards a shared goal.
In 2016, Marco is as busy as ever. He’ll be hitting the road with GaussianCurve for a handful of live dates around the world, while his contribution toDekmantel’s series of crate-digging compilations, Selectors, is due to hitstores later in the year. As usual, you’ll also find him spreading his love ofweird, wonderful and eccentric music in basements, warehouses and clubsthe World over.Back