At 26, DJ Marky is already established as one of Brazil’s biggest DJ and producing talents. Based in Sao Paolo, Brazil’s clubbing and dance music capital, Marky quickly made a name for himself in the early 90s pioneering (against the odds) the sound of jungle and drum & bass in Brazil.
In 94/95, when jungle became hugely popular in Brazil (though few of us in the UK even knew it), DJ Marky had his own radio show, a residency at the then legendary Toco club (rammed every week with 5,000 clubbers) and released a massive drum & bass/jungle compilation on the UK’s Suburban Base Records. He was awarded DJ Of The Year in Brazil in both 1995 and 1996.
His rise to fame in the UK has been quite remarkable: whilst playing a set at the newly-opened Lov.e club in Sao Paolo, he was noticed by UK drum & bass promoters Movement and V’s Bryan Gee. They quickly recognised his exceptional DJing talents and without hesitation they invited him to the UK in December 1998, fulfilling a lifetime dream to play with his heroes and peers. Inevitably, DJ Marky made an immediate impression.
Within a few months of playing sets at seminal clubs like Movement, Marky is now regarded as one of the most exciting DJs to emerge in the drum & bass scene in the last few years. His exceptional talent on a pair of turntables is partly down to a combination of his natural feel for music and rhythm but also due to his enthusiasm and sheer dedication he puts into every set he plays.
As he says himself, “there’s nothing I’d rather do than play this music out to a crowd. I always get into it and I always try and put on a proper show. People don’t just want a DJ mixing a few records. If you’re a DJ you got to put your whole soul and spirit into it if you want to say something. That’s what I try and do.”
For the immediate future, DJ Marky will be returning to the UK bi-monthly to play Movement in London and bookings throughout the UK and Europe. He is currently busy in the studio with a few key labels waiting intently for his productions.
His recent remix of DJ Hype’s ‘Jack To A King’ (which was cut on dubplates solely for Hype & Bryan Gee as a personal ‘thank you’ and not for general release) proved to clubbers that he is equally capable in a studio as he is in the club environment.
Edge of Motion – Darkest Light (Black Jack)
Underwolves – Under Your Sky (Origin Unknown remix) (Blue)
John B – Imagine (Beta)
Bad Company – 4 Days (Bad Company)
JB – Say What (Back 2 Basics)
Kraken – Side Effects (Under Fire)
DJ SS – Static (Proper Talent / Mix and Blen)
Dazee & Felony – Propaganda (Ruffneck Ting)
Known Unknown – Drumtrip (Moving Shadow)
Krust – Tribute (Talkin’ Loud)
Bill Riley – Walk With Me (Protocol)
Grand Unified – Goin’ On (Second Skin)
Dieselboy & Technical Itch – Atlantic State (Tech Itch)