Q&A: MaRLo

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Leaving a huge mark on the music charts and igniting dance floors around the world, Dutch born, Australian raised MaRLo has established himself as the #1 Trance DJ on our own shores and had huge support from the biggest artists globally, including trance veteran Armin Van Buuren. From topping the Beatport charts to headlining some of the most sought after dance events in the world, MaRLo takes influences from Trance, Tech-Trance, Hard Trance and Big Room to form his own unique sound – “The MaRLo Sound”.


Stereosonic last year feels like it was the tipping point that has set you on an incredible journey this year, how have the last few months been for you?

It’s been amazing watching it all grow… I’ve played Stereosonic the last 4 years or so, but last year was mind blowing – They had to close off the stage in both Sydney and Melbourne as it was completely packed and at full capacity during my set. Last few months have been crazy too, I’ve been touring mostly Internationally and played at some huge Festivals already this year like ASOT, Ultra, Beyond Wonderland etc.


Of course there was many years of hard work to get you to this point, what are some of your favourite memories from early gigs back when you started?

For me I just really enjoy to produce and perform music… whether it’s to 30 people in a small club when I started out or the big festivals I’m doing now… to be honest – the feeling is the same! I love it.


What are some vital lessons you’ve learnt along the way?

To enjoy the process and not only focus on where you are trying to get to…. I guess I learnt to enjoy the journey as much as the destination, that way even if you don’t reach your destination… at least you still had a good journey!


How has trance evolved or changed in Australia and how did you find yourself at the forefront?

I’m not sure, I’m doing what I’ve always done which is make and play the music I love… I’m not really focused on what other people are doing, or whats “in” right now. I’ve just noticed the crowds getting bigger and bigger when I play. It’s amazing, sometimes I have to pinch myself.


Are there any artists you look up to that have influenced you so far?

Armin Van Buuren has been a huge support and what he has managed to achieve in his own career is truly incredible.


What first inspired you to start DJing/producing?

I used to make little short computer animation clips in high school, it’s the process of making the animations that lead me to making music as I had to make backing tracks and sound fx for my animation shorts… eventually I realised I preferred making music over animations.



What advice can you give to the aspiring DJs/producers out there?

Ask yourself what you can GIVE to the scene, not what you can take from it. No one likes working with people that expect the world and have a sense of entitlement about them. Be humble, work hard and don’t expect or wait for someone to give you a hand out or help you get to where you want to be. You need to do it yourself, and if you ask for someone’s help – Perhaps think of what you have to offer in return. If you want a promoter to give you a gig when you are first starting out and don’t really have a fan base yet… offer to bring a bunch of your friends along, offer to help promote the event or club night in any way you can, offer to do some flyer design artwork… Or simply become a regular at the club you want to play at and get to know everyone, get to know the DJ’s, bar staff, door girls, security, promoters – Just be a part of the scene, and it will become a part of you.


Your career requires you to travel all over the world. What’s one thing you never leave home without?

Ear plugs!


Can you tell us one interesting fact most people wouldn’t know about you?

I used to surf and skate and was about to enter my first professional contest. 2 days before the contest I dislocated my shoulder pretty badly (whilst Skateboarding). That put a stop to my potential professional skate or surf careers right there and then as we couldn’t afford the re-constructive shoulder surgery at the time.


What are you goals for the year ahead?

Stay happy and healthy!


Do you have any upcoming tracks/remixes we should look out for?

Yes! Lots of new tracks and remixes are already scheduled for this year (about 5 tracks signed already) including my latest single with Christina Novelli called “Hold It Together” a remix of Marcel Wood’s “Advanced”, a new instrumental stadium Trance style track and a few more vocal tracks too.

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