Nov 03, 2016
Markus Schulz: A Transmission Icon
Prior to his performance at Transmission: 'The Lost Oracle' in Prague, Markus Schulz joined us for an in depth look at his set and the event itself. Creator of multiple Transmission theme songs, Schulz delved into his excitement at being an iconic figure for the worldwide showcase trance event. He previews much of his upcoming music, including many new IDs and the return of his Dakota project.
Transmission, this is kind of your thing, what’s it like for you every year being one of the main guys?
It’s one of those things where as each year goes on, you invest more and more time into it because it’s growing. When it’s growing, you want to put more into it, and grow as an artist with it. Every year it gets better and better. I’m trying to put a lot of pride and effort into my set and hope that rubs off on the other DJs as well who come here to play. This event is so special because it’s one stage in a giant arena, it’s not like it’s four or five stages. I really try and raise the bar for everybody and do something special when I come here because these people come from all over the world. They’ve invested so much in the production and it’s only fair that we invest just as much time into our sets. That’s really why over the year I put more and more time and effort into my set. This year I started working around the summer time on my set.
What makes the crowd so special here?
I think it’s because they come from all over the world. Prague is a very centralized location so they can come from the UK, Eastern Europe, and then over the last few years, we’ve seen people come from Australia, the USA, and Asia. The great thing is that Prague is one of those cities where you make a whole experience out of Transmission. Not just here, but the day before walking around Prague and it’s one of those world class cities where everyone should come and see.
Did you have time to do that at all this year?
Yeah, I’ve been here for a little while. Every year I try and get here a day early if possible, and if not, I stay for an extra day or two. I have a place up in Berlin, so when I’m in Europe I always stay in Berlin so that after Transmission we always take the train from Prague to Berlin and it’s a beautiful ride.
What was last night like at the pre-party with your Coldharbour guys?
That was absolute chaos! I went up into the DJ booth to support them and didn’t think I’d be attacked like that. The fans are so passionate and it was a really great vibe. Arkham Knights – I think are one of the up and coming guys in techno, trance – you can’t even say tech-trance because it’s different. I always look for artists that are unique. Fisherman & Hawkins have the same thing. When they first started bubbling, they were very unique and kind of paved the way for a lot of artists who are doing that sound now. They are trying to evolve their sound and that’s what we as a label try to do.
It seems like you take pride in having them on your label and heading in new directions.
Absolutely. I love those guys. For me, they feed me. They feed me music for my shows and at the same time we take great pride in our A&Ring of songs. I’ll be really honest with you, many people have told us, so and so release a track on this label or that label, but why is it when these guys release tracks on other labels, it’s never as good as the track they release on your label. It’s because we take great pride in A&Ring the music and guiding the artists we sign. For me, like I said, I take great pride in that.
Can we get a sneak preview of your set tonight?
Well you know, I did the theme again this year – “The Lost Oracle.” I’ve got some special remixes that I’ve been working on, as well as a new remix of “The New World” which is one of the big anthems that came out of this. Mark Sherry did the remix, so I think it will absolutely storm this place. And I did a cover of a Kate Bush song that I’m going to end my set with. There are some really cool things that I’ve been working on since the summer time and I just unleash it all tonight. One stage, one production, one family. All the eyes are on you.
What does the rest of this year and 2017 look like for you?
I guess the big thing I have circled is that EDC India is coming up. And then I’ve got a trip to Russia and some other shows around the USA, but the big thing I also have circled is my open to close set at Avalon on New Year’s Eve. The last time that I did it, it was 12 hour set.
Do you think you’ll play that long again?
We’ll see where the night goes! I’m not going to say anything for sure. And then in 2017, I’m preparing my Dakota project again which I haven’t done since 2011. Really excited about that.
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