If you compare it with your previous release ‘Venture’, how is that?
‘Venture’ was my entrance into the scene. It was a way to introduce my sound to a broad audience. Venture, in my opinion, made more impact than ‘No mercy’.
The sound feels different though.
True, but my signature sound can surely be heard on both of the tracks. I want to keep this signature sound, it is ‘my sound’ so to speak but I don’t want to do the same thing over and over gain. I want to stay fresh with my music and put something new in every time I come up with new work.
If we look at the future then, how do you think Mark Villa will sound like? Trying a new genre?
I would love to produce different genres. Trap, Future House … maybe something jazz-influenced. I work with different instruments and I want to use them all in my productions. So yes, maybe I want to be like an all-round producer not strictly focusing on one genre. It would be nice to even produce for other artists. Hip Hop would be a fantastic challenge. Look at what Calvin Harris is doing for example. Obviously I really like his work.
You are still young, so you have enough margin for growth.
True that. But I believe people at the age of 40 or above can be doing what I am doing at my age. Age should not restrict people in doing and achieving great things. Just start with making great music and the rest will follow.
Would more darker techno be something for you?
Hmm, not really. I do play some more techy tracks in my sets but these are more commercial. So no, no real dark techno for me.
Who is on your list to play a back to back set?
Don Diabolo for sure. I had Laidback Luke on my list but that already happened. Martin Garrix would be a dream as well.
Where do you draw your creative influences from?
From other genres for when I am producing. For gigs, I always keep an ear open. I surely look at what others are playing or what people recommend. And I keep a close eye on the charts.
How do you prepare for a set when you know there is so much music released?
I look at major labels like Spinnin, Armada and other labels to pick some of my tracks.
In another interview, an artist mentioned the following:
“If we just focus on releasing music for the sale of music, and not for its real purpose, which is to be listened to, we are doing a disservice to the music and the artists who create it.”
Please give your opinion about it.
Difficult to answer. Sometimes I think a track needs some time to shine, it can take up to two months for a track to grow into its full potential. But sometimes I do think that releasing music very fast can work. Martin Garrix for example, released 7 tracks in a row.
It feels like he is doing the audience a favour and people loved it. So for him, it worked.
How long does it take for you to get a track ready?
It depends from track to track. I cannot really answer this. Sometimes I have a writers block. And sometimes I even leave a track saturate when it’s like 90% ready. I leave it unfinished for a while to pick it up and work on it a bit later with a fresh mind. A track is never actually finished. But for me, it feels finished when it’s released.
In the next few weeks, there will be some new work. So stay tuned for new Mark Villa tracks! I am sending them to labels at the moment and I am very curious how the feel about my new beats. So yes, really soon there will be fresh work.
Looking forward! Thank you for your time!
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