October 1, 2014

Marcus Schossow: Wild Child

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With 14 years of DJ and production experience, Marcus Schossow is no novice. Coming off a year of heavy touring—which included shows at London’s Ministry of Sound and Hollywood’s Avalon Nightclub—Schossow has also flexed his production muscle. With a big collaboration with fellow Swede Adrian Lux, as well as a solo single on Axwell’s Axtone label out now, the DJ has kept himself very busy in 2013. We chatted with him about his work, as well as his views on the Swedish dance community.

How long have you been DJing? How did you get started?
Schossow: I started when I was about 14. It all started with that the local school DJ broke his leg on the way to his gig and me and my friend had to jump in as replacement.

“Wildchild,” your collaboration with Adrian Lux, is out now. How did that collaboration come about?
Marcus Schossow: Adrian had started the project and he showed it to me because he felt a little stuck. So we started to totally redo the whole thing together, and we ended up with a few different versions of it. We did some parts in Miami, some parts in Los Angeles and then we finished up the final versions in my studio in Helsingborg. The inspiration for this track is that feeling of being “young and free”. There is way to many dull things in life that you have to commit to, and we all need to lose ourselves every now and then to get that inner Wildchild out.

How did your single “Reverie” come together? What’s it like having it released on Axwell’s Axtone label? 
Schossow: Reverie was produced over a period of one to two weeks. There are several versions—even a dubstep version, actually—and I tried to take the best parts out of each version and put them all together. Being on Axtone feels great; it’s one of the places where the best house music is released and I’m proud to be part of that circle.

It seems as though the Swedish dance music community is very tight-knit. Is there a specific reason for this? 
Schossow: We are a small country and we do the best to help each other. Swedes like to work with swedes as we think alike, have the same approach, and don’t accept any bullshit. If there is another Swede at a festival that we haven’t met, it’s natural to go and say hi and hangout. There are only a handful of people that do what we do from our small nation, so often, we just speak about life and just have a laugh as we have so much in common.

What producers and/or songs are you into right now? 
Schossow: Right now I’m listening a lot to the album from Washed Out called Paracosm. It’s a fantastic piece of music that puts timeless into the spot. If you like M83 you will love this record.

Listen to “Wildchild” below. For more information, go to MarcusSchossow.com.

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