Heart Beat continue their supply of legendary electronic artists to Vietnam.
This time it’s Germany’s Marc Romboy. A stalwart of the global underground,
a Boiler Room fan favourite, and a regular at places like Fabric in London,
The Rex in Paris and The Berghain in Berlin, he's a man with a sonic history
very much rooted in trance.
Performing for one-night only in Saigon this Friday - wedged between sets in
China on Thursday and Bali on Saturday - the man behind influential label
Systematic Recordings (est. 2004) was feeling optimistic when AnyArena
sat down with him last night.
“I still have a lot of hope that one day, this precious ball flying through the
universe, will be an entirely peaceful place,” he smiled towards the end of our
chat. “It’s something we can all make a contribution to, and this is mine.’
Catching up with him twenty four hours after he arrived in Vietnam for the first
time,we asked him about his life as a travelling musician, and what people
could expect from Friday’s show.
“On my twitter account I call myself a waveform transmitter and producer,”
he began, “basically I like to take people on a journey. It’s like a meditation.”
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Travelling the world as a DJ for the last twenty years, Marc compares his
audiences to passengers on his very own musical spaceship, and spoke
of his willingness to challenge them.
“I’m always happy when people anticipate my music,” he said, “but as soon
as I realise that the people are ‘flying’ with me, on my spaceship, I might fly
a loop over here, I might make an orbit over there, you never know how it
goes. It depends what the people are feeling.
“To me, the biggest compliment is not hands in the air or screaming,
it’s seeing people on the dancefloor, with their eyes closed in front of me.”
Check out Marc’s most recent Boiler Room performance below, and his
collaboration with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra in December 2016,
where they reconstructed the work of 19th century French composer Debussy,
an experience he called ‘like aligning two planets’. We call it amazing.
(excerpt of interview by Jon Aspin of AnyArena HCMC, 8-3-17. Full interview here )