A Letter From The Editor
All too often I find meet or discover artists who are pursuing nothing more than fame. Eye sight on recreating the current big banger, copy and pasting, trying to emulate the sounds of a chart topper. Luis, aka Mystery Skulls, has never been like that. And when he started sharing his newest endeavor with me…well I was refreshed to see the pursuit of pure art, pure expression and pure music. That endeavor is Dominic Marceux. It is the cumulative sound of who he was, is and will become.
DnM: Hey man, how are you doing?
Dominic Marceux: I’m really good, how are you?
DnM: I’m doing well, doing well. It’s been a couple of years now.
Dominic Marceux: Yeah, I’ve been busy working away.
DnM: Yeah, I keep an eye on it. Nose down to the old grind stone. But maybe that’s a good starting point there. You and I do go back, way back. Back to the early days of Mystery Skulls. We’ve met a couple of times in person, whenever you come by Vancouver. You and I got a bit of a history for those reading at home.
Dominic Marceux: Yes man. Yes man. That is factually accurate. Happy to do it again.
DnM: Same here, this time around for Dominic Marceux. Off of that, a rose by another name or an artist by any other name. I interviewed Van Bobbi a while back, he’s out of LA and makes Synth Pop. I think you guys would actually get along pretty well. Anyway, he explained to me that ‘Van Bobbi’ was this persona, a fun party guy that everyone wanted to be around. That was the output for the act and music styling. So, I’m curious who is Dominic Marceux?
Dominic Marceux: Simply, he is my newest and most proud musical expression. He was created out of a recent move to this mountain. I’m living at this mountain now. And right around this time, I don’t know, I was kind of disinterested in computer music. So I wanted to make something using hardware. So I got all this gear and I made all this music just using hardware.
DnM: Cool, keeping it analogue.
Dominic Marceux: Yeah. So what happened is I made all this music and would listen to on my drive home. It became this sound track and this audio description of what I was seeing. It became this driving music.
DnM: I was going to say. Your first release was ‘Cream’, if I am not mistaken, and that had this heavy car aesthetic. And it’s maintained the whole way through. From the initial cover to the music video on Youtube for your album. Heavily heavily present in a driving theme. Is the how the inspiration came to be, the new life, the drive and that’s how cars tie in.
Dominic Marceux: Yah man, I grew up around cars, watching cars, I love racing, even Myster Skulls had a song in Need for Speed. All of a sudden these car fans started coming to my shows. Saying they found me while driving and thought I made great driving music. And I remember thinking I hate ‘driving music’ but I know that I personally love certain albums when I am driving. I never personally explored that side of my self. It was really lovely to get to make music that didn’t have vocals, something that was tracked based and geared towards driving music.
DnM: Did you get to do any of that driving in your music video? Or ever get a chance to go to one of those places and rent a high end ferrari and rip around a track and explore that passion of yours?
Dominic Marceux: Yeah man yeah man, I went to one of those tracks and it’s crazy. I would love to DJ one of these places and F1 events and just get to be around it. The music is specifically tailored for that, anything I can do to get there would be great.
DnM: Couldn’t agree more it would be so cool to be DJing those kinds of events. Let’s talk the over arching sound. It’s fast, so right there it fits in for driving. But it has these hard bass leads, this falsetto style of pan flute synths, and this bleed through of Mystery Skulls style of quick piano stabs. I pick up this old school arcade style racing game. How would you describe the music description?
Dominic Marceux: I think that’s definitely accurate. I was super influenced by super Nintendo game called ‘Top Gear’, not the show. But if you listen to the musical composition it’s really amazing. I think in part, I am inspired by that but made by this old gear – you know? Like that’s a real 909 and this old Roland MC99. And never having used hardware in that combination it gave birth to that particular sound that I’ve never heard before. This real authentic house music.
DnM: Well yeah it is like original house, you could compare it some original Bangalter or something.
Dominic Marceux: My fans have given me such a boost. I would post photos on Instagram, of this hardware, with a hashtag of the gear ‘mc900’ and it’s really funny to see people around the world write in about the gear. It’s a small spark in it’s early days of the project. But it’s really really neat to see.
DnM: That’s awesome, it’s cool that all these people are finding your music through the appreciation of old hardware. But, the question that always drives us is ‘why’? I mean you have had a metal band, then Secret Handshake, did Mystery Skulls and an endless list of features. So, why shift gears? Pun intended. Why ditch everything and go ‘I’m going to make true house on old analogue hardware, give up what I typically do and do this instead.
Dominic Marceux: I don’t know if I would put it that way. Mystery Skulls is still alive and well and means a lot to a lot of people. It’s definitely a great output and it’s fun and personal, slightly auto-biographical. Much in the same way this music provides an opportunity to express a different version of me. You know? Secret Handshake was a different version of me, a younger more immature version. Mystery Skulls explored a lot of my relationships. In some weird way, this is the next version of me.
DnM: I was really impressed to see you got a feature for Dominic Marceux by Louis Dubuc. That’s a hard one to attain. Must have some tight connections there. Anyway, he chimes in with some Spanish lyrics. I think it’s fairly evident, in the music throughout, that there is this, this, Latin influence in it. And maybe that’s just going to happen being from Venezuela. Is that where the influence comes from? Does this go down to your original roots?
Dominic Marceux: Exactly. It’s this sort of this, I am back in a house now. On the mountain. I haven’t lived in a house since I was a kid back when I was living with my folks. There’s a lot of this re-visiting of old ideas that perhaps I haven’t explored in song creation. Something more than break up feelings. There is something really interesting about the composition. You only have so many certain channels with hardware. So there is this limitation with what you can do. You have to create to something and you can’t just bombard it with tracks. I think that’s the gist of this project. And I’m really proud of the album. It is called “The Album”.
DnM: To tie it all of, what do you want to accomplish with this project? Is there something you haven’t with previous acts? With the new life and maturity, is there an end goal or you just sort of driving towards the sunset?
Dominic Marceux: Basically, through the power of music itself and not the power of my voice, just the power of composition, I want to reach people and hope that people are interested in the composition itself and like these interesting things. And if I can get to these kind of places and play to these kind of crowds and avoid the EDM festival kind of crowds. That be lovely. I want to be a more pure contribution of pure house music. I love the sound of it.
DnM: The pure form of music expression?
Dominic Marceux: That’s it. It’s for house purest and just a cool output of musical composition.
DnM: That’s dope man. Hey, uh, Lu it’s awesome having you here again. Thanks for being here.
Dominic Marceux: Thank you man, I appreciate the questions