Mar 12, 2011
interview
Marco V

Marco Verkuylen, aka Marco V, has been dropping hit after hit for as long as anyone can remember. His lean toward darker themes in trance makes him a truly unique artist. Check out our exclusive interview and learn more about what he has in store for the future.

Marco V - R.O.U. Reach On Up (Original Max) [TAO]
LessThan3: What has caused the switch from your earlier hard trance sounds to the sound that you have today? Are you still interested in recording tracks like G.O.D.D?
Marco: I would not really classify G.O.D.D. as a straight up trance record. I have always hovered between techno and trance. Of course my sound has evolved since I produced G.O.D.D. but I feel I don’t really deviate from the genre I have always been producing in.
LessThan3: In 100 years when new and improved Marco X looks back at his predecessor Marco V, what elements of his former self’s productions will remain useful?
Marco: All elements to be honest. Being in the studio and making music is a learning curve that never ends; even now I learn new things every day whilst creating my music. So Marco X should be able to depend on all V’s knowledge.
LessThan3: Your track Solitary Confinement was hands down one of the best releases of 2010. Do you think there is room for exploration in this subgenre of darkly emotive trance?
Marco: The thing is that Solitary Confinement wasn’t written to be a trance song; the original is a pop track. That’s why it’s so different than others trance songs you hear. I certainly think there is room for more tracks like this. I think we have all heard enough “high in the sky” and “I love you“ vocals in trance songs by now.
LessThan3: With so many competing mix shows out there to choose from, what aspects of your TopTenMix podcast helps it stand out among the rest of the competition?
Marco: I feel the fact that I bring upfront music on a monthly without any interruptions, commercials or talking during the mix works really well. I am also working on a weekly radio show that has a different format than the TopTenMix.
LessThan3: What do you listen to that you think would surprise your fans?
Marco: Not a big surprise I guess but I like bands like The Temper Trap, Coldplay, and The Killers.
LessThan3: Could you elaborate on your TAO (The Art Of) project? What kind of message are you trying to send out, who do you hope to connect to, and what are your overall goals?
Marco: I was looking for a way to optimize my gigs. The message I am trying to send is that we show people on different continents what we feel a great night out should look like. The main goal is to have fun, create a tighter bond with my fans, and party together. When I do a TAO gig I play a longer set which allows me to really set the musical direction and feel I want to bring across. I also bring my own VJ/LJ who operates the lights and the TAO visuals we developed for the show. By doing this we create a great synergy that adds to the overall experience and perception of the night. I think it is important to invest in this and work very closely with promoters that book me; this allows me to show everyone how a night with Marco V should be. This way we create the best entertainment value and give back to the crowd.
Marco: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Marco: Talk Her Down by StarSailor. The song has nothing to do with the world ending; it’s just a fantastic song.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Marco: Energetic, Big-Room, Uplifting!
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