Markus makes this look easy, in part, because he has probably spent more waking hours on the dancefloor than anywhere else. Born in Romania and raised in Germany, Markus began ballroom dancing at age 12 and went on to become a world-class professional dancer.
His passion for electronic music blossomed as a teenager in the mid-90s. "House music was in the charts, on the radio and TV," he recalls. "One of my first nights out to my local club I saw Ultra Naté perform 'Free'. I got into that sound, lots of vocals, grooves, very happy positive music."
As a teenager in the analogue age, Markus would go to the club on Thursday night then to the record shop on Friday to find out what the DJ played. "I would spend an hour choosing one record," he recalls. "It was always about the music." He bought one turntable, to listen to vinyl; then another, so he could DJ. Now, he plays all over the world, from Berlin, to Tokyo, to Thailand.