It was here, via several now infamous residencies, that he learnt his craft, gaining a reputation for ballsy, genre-defying eclecticism, playing sets that joined the dots between everything from tropical rhythms, afro gems and quirky Middle Eastern disco, to lost proto-house, throbbing techno and
These days, the Dutchman’s talents are widely known around the globe. His position as a crate digger, record collector and infamous party-starter now guarantees a packed schedule of gigs in Europe, North America and beyond. His passion for working a dancefloor with “strange music” and “unclassics” is renowned, and it’s this that makes his sets so special.
This humid, off-kilter obsession with the inspired and unusual has become a hallmark of Marco’s music, too. Once a key part of the Rush Hour family – the legendary Amsterdam label releasing a number of his early singles – in 2011 he made his debut on Lovefingers’ highly regarded ESP Institute label. His first two EPs for the label set out his now-trademark style, and won support from the likes of Dixon and James Murphy, amongst others, along the way.
It’s perhaps unsurprising that a string of remix requests followed, leading to now classic reworks for the likes of Heatsick, Joakim, Francis Bebey and Soft Rocks. His 2013 remix of Tony G’s “Dreams”, a killer chunk of blissful new age deep house, became one of the most in-demand and sought after records of that year. At the tail end of 2015, the best of these remixes were gathered
together on his remix compilation 'Sorry For The Late Reply', the first release on his own freshly minted Safe Trip imprint.
2014 saw the release of his most accomplished studio work to date, his debut album 'Biology' on ESP Institute. Wonderfully picturesque, melodious, humid and glassy-eyed, it received rave reviews and confirmed his status as one of electronic music’s truly unique voices.
The same year also saw the release of 'Clouds', a magical collaborative full-length written and produced in a weekend with Italian ambient pioneer Gigi Masin and British artist Jonny Nash. Credited to Gaussian Curve and released
by Amsterdam’s Music From Memory label, it was the unfeasibly beautiful sound of three like-minded musicians working towards a shared goal.
In 2017 he is busy as ever. Dekmantel released his 'Selectors' compilation, which gathers a weird and wonderful selection of electronic music and beyond. The 2nd Gaussian Curve album 'The Distance' hit the stores and the band started touring a handful of shows. His own label –
Safe Trip – picked up steam with the releases like 'Welcome to Paradise', a compilation that highlights the soothing sounds of the early 90's Italian house music, Japanese electronic duo Satoshi & Makoto and releases by local talent such as Ben Penn, Darling and Private Eyes.