Markus Schulz made the first of his North American Scream Tour stops last Wednesday here in Boston! Although he didn’t play until midnight, Royale‘s floor filled soon after doors at 10 p.m., or as noted by the official tour blog writer Sarah: “a trickle turning to a stream by 10:30.” Read on for notes and photos from the show, plus Markus’ answers to our questions about the Scream tour, his new project with Ferry Corsten and advice for aspiring artists.
We saw a number of local trance artists and fans, many other electronic music-loving friends we know from around the scene here, plus tons of faces we’ve never seen before who seemed to be loving every second of the night. Some held signs (like the one photo’d above) and some designed shirts. It was really awesome at the end of the show when Markus took the time to sign things for the mob of people crowding the stage – we definitely don’t see that happen at shows on a regular basis!
Not only was it amazing to see him interact with fans like that, but it was also great that he set aside a few minutes to answer our questions. Check out what Markus had to say about his tour, project and a few other things:
Your Scream tour is said to be different, both musically and visually. What makes it different?
►The entire show/tour has been planned and designed to my specs and is really is all on my shoulders. There’s no going into clubs and just working with what they already have; the entire show is custom designed. We arrive, monster trailer in tow, the rig comes off, the lights go up, the hardware is set up, and off we go. It doesn’t matter where the show is, you’re going to be hearing and seeing something way more spectacular than you’re used to. It’s set up more like a concert that just a DJ set.
Why a bus tour?
►I spend so much time every year at 35,000 feet, zooming around North America, looking at clouds. There’s the opportunity here to see more and experience more of this country – both the places and the people. There is also a wish fulfillment angle to it to. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite a number of years. I grew up listening to a lot rock bands – Pink Floyd, Led Zep and hundreds of others – hearing their crazy on-the-road tour tales. The chance to track a few of those footsteps is going to be amazing.
Why were The M Machine and KhoMha chosen to tour with you?
►Two completely opposite reasons, actually. KhoMha – as many of your readers probably know – is one of my protégés. When it comes to music, we are 100 percent in sync. When I look at how far he’s come in 18 months, it makes me very proud, so he was just a shoo-in for the tour. We also felt it would be good to get some contrast going on as well, which is where The M Machine guys come in. I’ve been mad for their sound and what they do on stage for a while, so when the tour manager suggested them as a support act, I jumped at that.
What three words would you use to describe the sound of you and Ferry Corsten’s project, New World Punx?
►New World Punx! The name comes from my track, “The New World,” and Ferry’s “Punk,” so it’s kind of descriptive. It’s now this kind of umbrella name/term for what happens when our two sounds meet.
Was Madison Square Garden where you imagined the project would debut? Or did it just fall into place there because of ASOT?
►Madison Square Garden was certainly where I would have dreamed the project would debut, but certainly not where I anticipated it would. Yes, that was down to a very great degree to ASOT600. New World Punx at Madison Square Garden was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Stepping out into that auditoria and to be sharing the experience with Ferry made it all the more thrilling.
We’ve read that your dance music awakening was at age 13. That seems so young to us! Is it common for kids in Germany to be exposed to and become a fan of dance music at such a young age?
►That actually happened after I moved to the States, so I couldn’t say for sure. I was heavily into breakdance and I was part of a breakdance crew. We decided to throw a big event. I used to watch some of the other kids in my crew scratching and mixing. We were all going to DJ, but when it came time for the party they did not show up and I decided that I would DJ the party myself. That was the very first time I ever played before a crowd and I knew at that very moment it was what I wanted to do.
What advice can you offer to aspiring DJ/producers?
►Don’t try to follow in my footsteps or anyone else’s… well not the exact ones anyway. Make your own. The only way to really make a long-stay career in dance music production or DJ’ing is find your own sound and style, filter out what everyone else is doing and do what comes from inside. Have courage in those convictions and make your career your own.