Few names resonate in trance music like the name Markus Schulz, so when he speaks, the people listen. Last weekend he put an exclamation point on his sold out Scream Tour, providing an eight-hour journey for a packed house at club Avalon in Tinsel Town. Prior to the show he took some time out to allude to what fans can look forward to in the coming months and apparently there’s much to be excited about.
It gets a little lonely on the road sometimes...
The initial concept of the Scream Tour was to bring a “big city production to some of the smaller markets in the US.” Seeing cities like Albuquerque and Tulsa without the means to put on a big production like you might find in NY or LA inspired Schulz to provide fans in those types of areas with big booming shows that normally aren’t possible. The result was overwhelmingly successful. Cities like Washington DC and Philadelphia provided such memorable shows that the logical thing to do was to keep the Scream team rolling along with more dates in the fall.
“The club in Philadelphia had such low ceilings that it reminded me of the old Space in Miami. We managed to get our production set up and it looked outrageous. Aesthetically that room was one of the cooler one’s because it didn’t look like the others.”
The Scream Tour not only left those who attended with some epic memories, but they also inspired a slew of new tracks that will be featured on the Scream II album and tour. All the writing that took place on the road will add some big sounds to a set list that already includes favorites like “ID,” “Love Rain Down on Me” and a Markus Schulz remix of the classic track “Solarcoaster,” which he describes as “a classic and timeless melody” that always blows the fans away.
“(The new music is definitely) big room type stuff but there are also some moments that I’ve written more moody type stuff. It gets a little lonely on the road sometimes so there are some haunting melodies in there. It’s a good balance.”
With classic rock a staple in his own personal listening rotation, Schulz cited Pink Floyd’s music and concerts as a predominant inspiration throughout his career, referencing the classic album Dark Side of the Moon as a reoccurring influence.
It doesn’t matter if I’m playing for 5 people in my living room or 4,000 people at Avalon, I love this music and there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing...
Besides having the road and classic rock as influences, Shulz’s collaboration with Ferry Corsten as New World Punx has provided ample creative fuel recently. “After spending time with Ferry Corsten we realized how similar we are. We have so much fun in the studio, high fiving each other like ‘Listen to this!’” Feeling that trance has a tendency to get too serious sometimes, Schulz’s goal is to keep it fun on tour and in the studio, resulting in the kind of music that will lift you up and inspire.
After being voted America’s #1 DJ by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ, the Scream Tour was initially billed as a sort of victory tour. But Schulz views Scream as more of a thank you tour, giving back to the fans who have inspired so much.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m playing for 5 people in my living room or 4,000 people at Avalon, I love this music and there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing. It’s amazing what this music has done. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Kids in Tulsa coming up after shows and thanking me for coming to their town. I feel so lucky to be a part of the US scene.”
And we’re lucky to have you Markus.
Be sure to check out Scream II album and tour date info at markusshulz.com and stay tuned to Sirious satellite radio for new tracks being released.