Mark Reeve: would love to see my own brand grow bigger

One of the most industrious artists in electronic music today, there seems to be no stopping the insurmountable creative force that drives Mark Reeve. Boasting a vast catalogue of critically acclaimed releases on Drumcode over the course of his esteemed, decade-long career – the last of which came in the form of his mammoth mini-album Breathe back in 2021 – Reeve now makes his eagerly anticipated debut on Tale of Us' Afterlife Records with the stunning seven-minute masterpiece, New Age.

Another career-defining moment for Reeve – who makes a departure from driving, peak-time techno to explore a more nuanced, melodic sound palate – New Age sees Mark conjure a sublime slice of dynamic, forward-thinking dance music, and goes a long way in showcasing the inexhaustible creativity of one of the most prolific artists in electronic music today.
Hey Mark, great to have you with us! How are you today?
— Great thank you very much! Really enjoying the lovely weather in Europe at the moment.
How has 2022 been for you so far? Any highlights?
— Yes there have been some really good highlights this year. My own personal highlight is yet to come! Our very own SubVision showcase held at Electroziles Festival in Sitten. Really looking forward to that.
Massive congratulations on your upcoming debut release on Afterlife. Can you talk to us more about this release and how it came about?
— Yes thank you ! Well i have been sending Tale of Us demos for quite a while now. I wanted to find a home for my more deeper tracks and now that home has been found. Tale of Us played out one track called „New Age" they really loved it so we then decided together this could be nice for Afterlife.
Why are you now looking to explore melodic techno over the harder stuff you've previously been known for? What is it about the genre that you love so much?
— Like I said, I have always released deeper tracks for example on Sven Väth's Cocoon Recordings or Adam Beyer's second label Truesoul. Also released a track recently on my own label SubVision called „Alive" which is also deeper than my normal sound.
Going back to your early raving days, can you tell us when you fell in love with electronic music?
— Oh lol thats now probably almost 30 years ago as a teenager. I would say I got infected at 12 years of age. Could not stop and I was always telling others how cool that music was. I still do the same till this day.
Looking forwards, do you have any goals or objectives you would like to achieve in the future as an artist?
— Well I think show wise obviously the big events. Although I have played a lot of big venues there still are places I have not played yet and hope to play in the future. Release wise probably investing time to really push my own label. Really would love to see my own brand grow bigger.
Onto production. Can you mention a few pieces of your studio equipment that you're really loving at the moment?
— Well to be honest I have sold a lot of hardware and use more plug-ins than anything else. I have a Prophet floating around and also use the Moog One at times. Really hooked on Pigments at the moment love that one. Roland Juno 60 and System One are also good toys I love using. Especially with Juno and its fantastic pad sounds.
Where can we see you DJ over the coming months?
— Well first of now I will heading to Electroziles Festival in Switzerland and then followed by a couple of Festivals in Germany. Then in late july its off to play my first boat party in Budapest Hungary which i am really curious about. Hope i dont get sea sick … haha
Finally, do you have any other projects coming up soon that you'd like to share with us?
— Yes i have a project called „Focus" that i have been sitting on for quite a while now. Will release it at some stage but not until i think the time is right. First off my track on Afterlife and then i will decide what will happen next. I think it is vital to plan releases exactly at the right time.