Mark Fanciulli Interview
Collabs, vinyl shopping and brotherly advice with Marc Fanciulli
Having clocked up releases on Joris Voorn's Rejected, Adam Beyer's Truesoul, Carl Craig's Planet E and his brother Nic's Saved label, Mark Fanciulli's six year production history has seen him cherrypick some of the world's most revered labels to show case his work.
Having now launched his own Between 2 Dots label, Fanciulli joins us this Friday for Egg Presents alongside Philip George and Leonardo Gonnelli. We spoke to him about forthcoming collabs, vinyl shopping and brotherly advice.
Where are you and what are you doing right now?
I'm currently sitting in my studio working on a new production. To give you an idea it’s on a techno tip, but very accessible with a real hooky vocal loop layered over pounding drums and warbling bass.
Your label has been running for just over a year now. What has been the biggest surprises, both good and bad, in launching, running and maintaining it?
Before I launched it there was a feeling of pre-match tension as it means so much to me, and for those close to me they will know how much of a perfectionist I am. I try to be a little more laid back now, but that's easier said than done. When getting things set up pre-launch I did experience some delays where I wasn’t happy with important things like the logo and stuff, but I’m glad I didn’t rush it out. I am very happy with how it’s been going.
What exactly is Between 2 Points, anyway?
Between 2 Points is a reflection of me and what I do. When people ask me what I play, I say 'house and techno'. One night I might play across the spectrum and on another occasion play more house or techno, it depends on the venue and what the crowd want. I decided to launch B2P so that I can share my style and influences through the label, monthly radio show and parties.
Tell us about your forthcoming Rhythm Masters collab. How did you end up working together and did their years of experience teach you anything?
I’ve known Steve Mac for many years, he’s a great friend and when I was younger I used to hang out in his studio watching everything he was doing. I asked him earlier in the year if he wanted to work on a collab and spent a few sessions with him and Rob from Rhythm Masters. Being in their environment is a great experience as you can pick up so many cool tips and one thing that has always stood out for me is Steve’s meticulous attention to detail in delivering the best sound possible from every element on mix-down. I’m really happy with the EP that we finished up with, it’s on a techno tip with sounds from the 808, 909, SH101, Jupiter 6 and Oberheim.
We see you've also been working with Huxley again. What else is cooking in the studio?
I have finished up an EP with him which will be coming out later in the year on Jaymo & Andy George’s label, Moda Black. We work very well together and have got more stuff in the pipeline. I’ve worked with a lot of people in the studio and it’s very similar to when you play B2B in a club. When it’s good, it’s great. When it’s not so good, it’s terrible!
You do a Wax Wednesdays on your Facebook. Are you still an avid vinyl collector? Where are your favourite record shops? We saw you bigging up Death of Vinyl in Montreal.
Yeah, I still love collecting vinyl and try to visit as many records shops as I can when I’m on my travels. I like reading up about them before I fly out and heading there as quick as I can to dig through their crates. One of my favourite record shops would have to be Vinyl Pimp in London.
The reason for this is because I can always find something in there for me. I first got onto it through buying some of their stock on Discogs and then decided to check the shop. They also have vinyl bought from famous rave-era DJ’s collections which is fun to look through, I even got some of Ray Keith’s.
Following in your brother's footsteps must have had its pros and cons. What's the best bit of advice that he's give you in the past and recently?
As a brother Nic has always been very supportive in everything I do and that also extends to what I’m doing in this industry. If I’m stuck, I know I can ask him for advice and he will be honest with me. Some of the best advice he has given me is on studio work.
What else is coming up that's exciting you ?
On the touring front I will be spending most of June in Europe in places such as Copenhagen, Antwerp and Sicily before returning back to America in July. The release schedule for the rest of the year is looking great too. My next release comes out on DJ3000’s Motech imprint in July and following that I’ll have releases on Joris Voorn’s Rejected, Saved and a few more that I can’t mention right now.