SHA Podcast 161 // Markus Mehta
Its Saturday so it must be time for another huge mix on SHA. Tonight we present an exclusive new podcast from Markus Mehta. Markus’s new single Fly has just been released on Material Limited so be sure to check out this massive track too. Lock in and enjoy..
Munich’s Markus Mehta has been dedicated to dance music for more then a decade now, with an obsession for electronic sounds stretching back to his impressionable youth. The course of his life was inevitable once he was bitten by the dance music bug, with an early love soon developing into a fully-fledged career both behind the scenes and in the spotlight. The desire to create, play, share and promote electronic music has always been his focal energy.
He has built up his name as a DJ/producer in tandem with his successful Electronic Soul booking and events promotion agency. As a result, he has worked with many of the scene’s major players on both sides of the fence. The two sides of his career have combined in synergy to build his passion for and understanding of the scene he works in, imbuing his music with a deep knowledge of and empathy for the dancefloor.
He has always been focused on forward-thinking electronic music, whatever the genre. His open-minded approach to music gives him the foundations needed to be a versatile DJ. He describes his sound as being “somewhere between deep house and techno”, but that does not do justice to his ability to craft productions and sets that can be deep and sexy one minute, and energetic and thumping the next. His productions continue to grow in quality, with his burning passion for and dedication to music ensuring that he carefully hones his craft with each release. From sensuous minimalism to rolling house flavour, his sound is always accomplished and heartfelt.
Markus’s burgeoning DJ schedule has seen him lay waste to techno clubbing meccas Berghain and Cocoon Club – two of the most prestigious venues in the world – as well as taking him touring at festivals and clubs across the world, from North America to Asia and Russia. He recently ended a four year residency at Munich’s legendary Rote Sonne, where he played alongside the likes of Butch, D’Julz, Coyu & Edu Imbernon, Gregor Tresher, Paul Ritch and many more. He’s toured alongside Derrick May across Europe, with his international diary fast on the rise as his release portfolio continues to expand. Other highlights from his global exploits including an emotional gig in Tokyo during his first visit as a DJ to Japan, not long after the earthquake and tsunami ravaged the country in spring 2011.
His approach to production is quality, not quantity, choosing a succinct approach to releasing rather than flooding the market with a constant stream of music. 2003 saw his first key production emerge, with the Exun-released Stephan Riedel collaboration Absorbed In Thought kicking off a promising career in the studio. Alex Flatner snapped up 2004′s Overseas for his Circle Records label, with the follow-up, Obsessions, released on the same label in 2006. His productions for this fledging imprint found their way onto major compilations by Hernan Cattaneo and Bryan Zentz, spreading his name amongst the upper echelons of dance music. 2007 saw the beginning of an ongoing and highly fruitful collaboration with Alec Chizhik, with the duo releasing the deep, driving Transit EP on America’s acclaimed Headtunes label and the retro-flavoured Compass on Belgium’s Punk’ID just months later.
In recent years, his works have graced Great Stuff’s hugely popular Munich Disco Tech series (Masque and also Tactile, with an excellent rework from Stacey Pullen) and the legendary Great Summer Games Stuff compilation (India). Kling Klong played home to the release of his and Chizhik’s Chaos Theory, which held court in the Beatport Deep House Chart for weeks on end and whose Rino Cerrone remix received heavy support from Richie Hawtin. Black Nation/Sector 616, Tuning Spork, High Definition and Electronic Petz have all also unleashed his potent productions. 2012 sees him release more solo material, as well as two new EPs with Chizhik – Numbers on Italian deep house imprint Greelpound and Changing Places on Takt, the label co-owned by one half of Kaiserdisco.
Markus is committed to pushing his music forward, continually exploring new ideas and evolving his style. He’s truly excited and inspired by the possibility of what’s to come, and on the evidence of what he’s achieved so far, he’s got plenty more to offer yet.
01. Andrea Oliva “Piano Piano” (Cadenza)
02. Quenum “Somebody In My Bed” (Clapper)
03. Giuseppe Cennamo “Dont Stop Dreaming Of Me” (Carillon)
04. Yaya & Claude “Something Happened” (Höhenregler)
05. William Kouam Djoko “Hard Loving – Mihai Popoviciu Remix” (Thirtyonetwenty)
06. Paul C & Paolo Martini “Moonclouds” (Kiara)
07. Markus Mehta “Fly” (Material Limited)
08. Chube.Ka “Give You Back – Instrumental Mix” (Intacto)
09. Tez Perez & Hevy Mendez “Cuban Cigar” (Octopus)
10. Danny Ocean “Backstage” (Desolat)
11. Heiko Laux & Diego “Namib” (Kanzleramt)
12. Topspin & Dmit Kitz “Paperboy” (Vibra Macz)