(SOUL:UTION / BREAKTHRU RESIDENT)
Both as an artist and a DJ, Marcus Intalex represents the forefront of soulful, musical drum & bass. Heading up the legendary Soul:r label, he has worked with artists such as Calibre and S.P.Y and and always sought to release quality music with lasting appeal. Marcus’s DJ sets have earned him a reputation as a tastemaker, not afraid to test crowds with a fresh high quality selection from across the spectrum of drum & bass. A passion for techno has always run deeply through his music, demonstrated by his recent success as an artist in the house and techno fields as Trevino. He represents Soul:ution with residencies in Manchester and at London’s Fabric plus a radio show for Red Bull Music Academy. In 2012 and 2013 Marcus continues to forge new musical frontiers both with his solo Drum and Bass releases, Soul:r the label, Soul:ution the club night, and now as house / techno producer / DJ Trevino.
Marcus’ passion for music was born in his native Manchester, where he experienced first-hand the energy of the nascent dance music scene as a regular on the dancefloor at the legendary Hacienda club. His interest for the music grew as the scene developed and, after landing his first professional DJ gig aged just 17, Marcus went on to work at the infamous Eastern Bloc record store. From here he established himself on the Manchester scene and began producing tracks together with fellow Mancunian Mark XTC as Da Intalex, appearing on Flex Recordings.
A chance meeting in the early 90’s, through Flex boss L Double, led to Marcus pairing up with producer and engineer ST Files and gave rise to the partnership we know today as MIST. In 1999, the pair’s ground-breaking release ‘How You Make Me Feel’ on 31 Records began a new soulful movement in drum & bass at a time when the scene was driven by predominantly dark and aggressive sounds. Following up their success with a series of high-profile remixes for MJ Cole, Un:Cut, 4 Hero and Solid State, MIST duly established themselves as leaders in the field and, together with Calibre as Mist:ical, turned heads with their debut LP ‘The Eleventh Hour’ in 2007.
Since 2001 and the set-up of Soul:r label, they’ve released their own music and that of like-minded artists including Calibre, High Contrast, DJ Marky, dBridge, Alix Perez and Lynx & Kemo. The stable has grown to be amongst the most respected in drum & bass, reflecting Marcus’ own strong personal belief in innovative music with integrity and a life beyond solely the dancefloor.
In 2008, the DAT Music project has brought together fresh sounds and inspirational sounds from the likes Instra:mental, S.P.Y and Lomax over 2 CD compilations. In May 2009, the debut album from Lynx & Kemo ‘The Raw Truth’ was released to critical acclaim, helping to further Soul:r’s reputation for pushing boundaries in drum & bass.
Fast forward to 2012, and the debut artist album from DRS, the long time Soul:ution MC and fellow Manchester music luminary, was released to unanimous worldwide approval on Soul:r, cementing the long respected talent of DRS as an accomplished recording artist in his own right as well as one of the scenes favourite hosts & lyricists. With this release Marcus Intalex Soul:r label once again proved it’s invaluable worth as a genuinely important musical force that continues to shape how Drum and Bass sounds.
The highly successful Soul:ution residency at London superclub Fabric continues to go from strength-to-strength, with a core lineup that includes Calibre, Marcus and the ever-reliable MC DRS. Marcus’s Fabric Live 35 mix CD highlighted many of the reasons why, proving that music with lasting appeal and a diverse selection are among the key ingredients. The Soul:ution Radio sessions for Red Bull Music Academy give worldwide reach and remain a focal point for the forefront of the drum & bass scene, keeping Marcus Intalex in constant demand as a DJ across the globe. Regular appearances for the likes of Metalheadz, Ram and Renegade Hardware have helped Marcus to avoid the obvious tags and pigeon-holes like ‘liquid’ and ‘minimal’ and reinforce his versatility as a DJ.
One of Drum & Bass, and indeed Electronic Music’s true visionaries, Marcus continues to set the pace and champion new artists wherever he travels. We can look forward to more great music from Marcus Intalex and Soul:r this year including solo singles for Metalheadz and Exit Records as well as Soul:r releases from the likes of Calibre, ST Files, Dub Phizix, Skeptical, Chimpo and more.