Freshly arrived from the Groove Cruise on a flight that only arrived into New York City at 9pm, which allotted for a few hours' recovery, Marco Bailey entered System ready to go. It seems that nothing deters him from delivering electronic music to his fans.
Only a few days ago, he posted on his Facebook page that he was sick and the doctor advised him against any activity, but even still he played to the people of Chennai, India. In fact, he went as far as to apologize to party goers that his set was not any longer.
Determination coupled with a strong work ethic has brought Marco to where he is today - running his own label MB Elektronics, constantly touring and consistently putting out quite a few tracks each year. All the years since he began as a DJ/producer and his subsequent achievements were recently recorded in "Marco Bailey: The Documentary," with personal anecdotes from artists such as Carl Cox, John Digweed, and Adam Beyer. We picked up below on a few topics with Marco that weren't covered by the documentary.
So tell me about Groove Cruise, how was it?
The weather was horrible really. We were supposed to play outside in the sun, but we had very bad weather. The deck where they had the big party had to be closed a few times, because of crashing water. We had one hour of sun in three days! Unbelievable!
Unfortunately not a good cruise this time. Tell me more how the conversation to create a documentary on you came about? How did you get the ball rolling?
At first I started talking to the guy who made the documentary, the editor... We are friends. I was living last summer in Ibiza and I know this guy three or four years - Mike is his name - he does interviews all the time, he's living in Ibiza too and he's interviewing all the DJs & live acts playing on the island. When I moved to the island in May, I said to him we should do something like a documentary and thinking about it hooked up immediately with my friends Carl Cox and for them it was no problem for them to say a few words. This you can see in the quality, it's not always easy to have a camera everywhere where you play with you. So these are the steps for the next one or next thing I'm gonna do is richer visuals. Now we just collected all the videos that we had together from good camera to shit camera and tried to make a composition from it. It's not always easy because the quality isn't always amazing and there always some moments that should have been filmed that would have been great. I'm not going to make a documentary again. Next time it will be something else. But I'm quite happy with the result.
Have you ever thought about doing a documentary earlier in your career?
No, it came all of a sudden. I was always thinking about making some videos with the music together and which I could play them when I was playing. Never thought about a documentary though.
In the documentary, both Carl Cox and John Digweed said you're a hard working man. What would be the next challenge for you as an artist?
Improve my sound and always try to make better records. When you're making your DJ sets, many people over the last years have been thinking, yea we have to use more effects, more computers, etc. I don't know if you've seen it in Berlin too, you know, people are going back to the basics. Many people are playing vinyl again. I play now with USB stick with all my effects together, but even I'm thinking of putting one turntable next to my decks - to play again with turntables. Cause you know those Traktor things, I'm totally not against technology, it's fantastic if you can work with it like Richie Hawtin. He was the first to play the role on the market. But there are too many people who just stand there and just sync the tracks and press the button which doesn't really impress me. I don't see something amazing in this.
Maybe instead of two turntables, now four?
Back in the days '95, '96.
So the challenge is bringing it back?
I think so, I think that is one of them. But it's not the biggest challenge. Most important is making good music.
You always exhibit so much energy in your music and physically in the booth. What's your secret to staying so rejuvenated and fresh?
First of all, I'm not fresh at all but it's passion. I have no other word for it. It's true because right now we woke up, he [my friend] came into my room knocking with no food nothing, just boom go. This is all the time happening. Like today for example in the US, in two days I will be in Mumbai, India. If you don't have passion for what you are doing, then you skip it like many others, take breaks and you cancel things. I try to go on as much as I can because I love it.
Being an industry veteran, do you think the vibe of the dance floor has changed over the years? Do the parties feel different?
Depends on what place you go. I see it as all positive. Festivals are growing, still growing. More people every year are going. Clubs are suffering maybe now and then but this has nothing to do with the music. There are many factors why the clubs are sometimes suffering.
Do you have anything else coming up production wise?
I have a new EP coming out on a UK label Sleaze, these are guys are also playing regularly at Berghain. I have soon another one coming out on Carl Cox's Intec label and also one on my label. Keep turning out, keep doing things.
You've always been dedicated to techno, has there ever been a moment when techno let you down?
No. It is growing it's really popular in my country, Berghain in Berlin, and all over Europe, even America I think. Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, those guys weren't playing so much five years ago. Now they're playing everywhere. Which means techno has a lot of impact.