5Qs with Mark Knight - Friday Oct. 3rd at Marquee
A few weeks ago you began your #RESET campaign and revealed a new concept for Toolroom. Why did you feel it was time for to change things up?
It just got to the stage where after so much success and growth as a label and business we wanted to really define what Toolroom should stand for over the next decade. As we grew more and more successful I think we went in a direction we weren’t necessarily 100% comfortable with. #RESET was about really taking control of our musical space and redefining what Toolroom means to the dance music world. It’s been a really interesting and exciting process and I think we have really set the bar for a great stretch as a label.
Tell us about the Toolroom Live compilation. Why did you choose the artists featured on it?
Toolroom Live was our way of bringing the idea of Toolroom changing to life. Weiss and Adrian Hour are both the best in their respective sounds right now. Weiss has really customized and perfected his take on underground house music and Adrian Hour makes incredible main room techno. Between the three of us, we were really able to hone in on Toolroom’s musical space and the diversity now available within that sound. It’s one that we are very proud to be occupying right now and I think Toolroom Live 01 is everything you need to know about what Toolroom stands for right now.
You’ve said you see a lot of creative musical potential to be found in between the commercial styles and the underground sounds. Where do you see your music sitting in that spectrum currently?
People seem so wrapped up in the mainstream and commercial that they forget about the middle ground. That is one of the most exciting spaces and I think that is exactly where I sit. It is about having music that is credible, not just tailored to a particular moment in time or trend. My ambition is to make credible music that stands the test of time and makes people want to dance.
You just wrapped up a Monday residency at Booom in Ibiza and a very busy summer in addition. What was the highlight for you about having a weekly residency on the island? Any trends or sounds that really jumped out at you this season?
Given that we were late starting it was great, we set ourselves up nicely for next year. What was great was to see people flocking from all over the island to listen to proper house music. There’s been a lot of signs of change in Ibiza over the years, both culturally and musically, but the energy and enthusiasm I was seeing on a weekly basis was really positive to see. I think now that people are paying attention to that world again the scope for house artists and brands to really take back that market is going to be huge.
This will be your third time playing at Marquee this year. Now that you’ve been there twice, what can we expect from your set for this Friday ?
It’s always a pleasure to play at Marquee! What to expect? Good house music. Simple ;)
Mark Knight plays at Marquee New York on Friday October 3rd with Sleepy & Boo.