2017 is the year for Marc Vedo. The talented artist rounded out 2016 with a pair of releases on Milk & Sugar Recordings, setting him up properly for the Get On Up EP that came out on Great Stuff Records at the end of last month. Keeping the pedal to the metal, Marc Vedo recently announced he’d struck a deal with none other than Ultra Music, with his first release slated for February 17th. The track is titled ‘Ride Of Your Life’, features Kylie Audlist on the vocals, and is a sure-fire summer time anthem ready to warm up the body as we trudge through the dog days of winter. Along with the release of ‘Ride Of Your Life’, Dance and Rave had the opportunity to chat with Marc Vedo regarding its release, his feelings, and plans for the rest of the year. So go ahead and check out the interview, turn up Marc’s new song, and enjoy!
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! How was your New Year?
New Year was great, I ended up playing in Vietnam on this beautiful beach and then did a summer residency at Sky Garden in Bali afterwards, one of my favourite clubs in the world so had a really good NYE and early January.
So how did you first get in to electronic music? What was it like for you when you first discovered the sounds of dance music?
I remember always liking Michael Jackson and Hip-Hop and then I think the first ever proper dance track that I can remember was Technotronic and Snap. I was basically hooked from that moment, I must have been about 10 years old I think so my love affair with electronic music goes right back to my childhood.
Did you have any musical training growing up or was it all self-taught?
No musical background, it was all self-taught and still learning!
Who were some of your major musical inspirations growing up?
I would have to say first Michael Jackson was the biggest influence, then hip-hop bands like NWA, Cyrpus Hill, Beastie Boys and then with electronica Sasha, Digweed, The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim and Paul Oakenfold for what he achieved back in the day, the first real superstar DJ of the modern era.
You’ve had the Koolwaters brand for like 15 years now, what was the motivation behind starting that?
I always wanted to have a club night so I could book the DJs I was really into at the time and Koolwaters was formed. It was a real learning curve, great memories and some of the best clubbing moments to this day. It’s what helped launch my career and take me on my global travels.
The last few months for you have seen a string of successful releases on various major labels, what’s it been like juggling all of those projects at once?
The last few months have been fantastic, best year to date but it’s been really tough to manage everything. Behind the success there has been an incredible amount of hard work and sacrifices, trying to juggle my personal life with two young children a musical career and a thriving business with Koolwaters agency. Its what I love doing but its exhausting at times.
What kinds of hobbies do you have outside of dance music? Any particular way you like to spend your down time?
I am crazy about sports, I play as much football every week as possible, go running, play tennis, golf, gym. That is my release and without sports I think I would go mad!
What’s a typical day in the studio like?
Usually start at 10am and finish at 6pm. Every week there is a number of projects floating around, either some instrumentals that I am waiting for some vocals to arrive so I can finish the track or someone has sent me some vocals so I might be starting a new song. I also do remix work so I might be sent parts by a label so will be on a dealine to finish a project or I might be starting a completely new idea that day. Every week varies to be honest, there is certainly always something to do!
One of the big reasons we’re here is to discuss your upcoming release on Ultra Records, tell us a little bit about what’s going on there and how you were first approached on the matter.
My management team sent some tracks out to different major labels and then we didn’t hear anything back from them for weeks. The first time someone contacted us was to say they wanted to sign a deal and here was the contract!! It was completely out of the blue. This is a really exciting time for me, signing to a major is a big deal and I have been working towards this for so many years so its amazing its finally happened. The pressure is certainly on now, this is just the first stage and you never know if the music is going to be successful but you hope that it will, especially if someone like Sony thinks it will be.
What was the inspiration or story behind ‘Ride of Your Life’?
It was always meant to be a summer song and then I heard Kylie Audlist on Kungs “This Girl” and we asked her if she wanted to get onboard with the project. She loved it, we met up in Bristol when she was over on Tour and the rest is history. It was weird as the day we met up to have a coffee, she went to N1 in the UK that day!
The excitement behind the release has got to be unreal, do you think this is your biggest release to date?
This is definitely the biggest release to date and next week we are filming the video which is really cool. This will be the first music video I decided to appear in so lots of first for me.
If you could give one bit of advice to aspiring artists out there, what would it be?
Never give up!! If you believe in what you do and you truly love it, then fight as hard as you can to achieve your goals. If you don’t, one day when you’re old you will wish you had gone for it. That is one regret I always said I would never have, I am in it for the long run.
What kinds of goals do you have for the rest of the year?
I have so many goals still to achieve this year that I would need another hour!! The main goal is for this first release to do well and who knows, maybe the first N1