Just about to finalize his US tour, Techno veteran Marc Houle continues to wow audiences with his live performance that is constantly evolving night after night, city after city, at clubs and festivals worldwide.
Raised in adjacent to Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, working with renowned techno mentor Richie Hawtin, Marc’s obsession with electronic sounds goes back to the noise of ’80s video games and vintage synthesizers. His style of sound separates himself from other techno artists because of his crafty skills with robotic and electronic sounds to form creations like Bay of Figs, an underground club favorite.
A decade-long career of seminal records on Hawtin’s Minus label, as well as his own Items & Things imprint, creating infamous tracks such as On It, Techno Vocals, and Undercover.
Before reaching the new year, Marc Houle has a wave of new music flowing to his loyal fans. ‘Sinister Mind’ is his newest creation which is hugely successful. His remix EP will be released on Friday, December 15th. Pre-order, HERE.
Where do you get your inspiration from? What inspires you?
“There are 2 sources for my inspiration, sounds, and melodies. I get really excited when I hear certain sounds and have lots of pleasure creating, replicating and layering. A beautiful analog pulse width modulating square wave or a phaser on a giant analog pad makes me happier than little else. Melodies are also a huge part of my life. Growing up singing sesame street songs or Commodore 64 game themes hasn’t slowed down over the years and together with the sounds create a soundtrack to my life that is always fun and interesting.”
What is your favorite thing to eat when you tour?
“I guess whatever’s local. I’d much rather eat locally than some hotel clubhouse sandwich. But I am pretty happy when local means tacos.”
What was the first vinyl record you ever bought?
“I think I bought JJ Fad Supersonic and an Iron Maiden record about the same time. Before that, it was all cassettes.”
You are currently touring the US, Mexico and South America – what have been some of your highlights this trip?
“I just left New York after playing at a new place called The Elsewhere and I must say I was so surprised. It was a great place with a great party going on. Def a place others should stop by to play if they can.”
Your ‘Sinister Mind’ LP was released earlier this year, which is part one of an album trilogy, what led you to create a three-part trilogy?
“At the time I had started writing for a new album and after a while, I realized that not only did I have a bunch of tracks made, but 3 specific styles going on. I thought It was best to release them individually to showcase the specific sound and themes going on rather than just put out a bunch of non-sequential songs.”
Your 'Sinister Mind' remix package will be out this week, from Sian and Chloé, tell us more about how you chose them to remix your original?
“Choosing Chloé is a no-brainer. For years she’s been making the best music out there. I also wanted a tougher silkier angle so Sian was the one for the job. Hopefully, this will bring some fresh ears to these great talents. They deserve it.”
What was your favorite performance you have ever achieved since you started your career? (That standout special gig)
“I suppose back in 2004 or 2005 playing Beat Street in Berlin. It was the first time playing in Europe and I was exposed to one of the craziest things I ever saw. People were swinging from the ceiling, dancing, having a crazy time and it was to me. I had never seen such a party let alone play one. It was great!”
What are your plans for 2018 that you can tell us about?
“I want to watch the new Star Wars movie. I want to rip apart my studio and re-do it. I want to sell a bunch of synths I never really use. I want to do some collaborations with people to make different kinds of music. I have a special project with Sian coming out but I’m not sure I’m supposed to say anything about that yet.”