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Mark Barzin is an artist, producer, DJ and established collaborator. His upbeat sound centres on house, drum & bass and hip-hop; with influences of breakbeat, techno and grime. His collaborative efforts have seen his music and performances featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, and 6Music. 

Mark has just released his latest track, Set It Off, the first of a run of planned releases. Here, he discusses the influences behind his tracks.

I’m in the middle of writing a new album, with four tracks already in the can. I’m a chameleon by nature when it comes to what and how I write, but the past few months have had a very dance/electronic vibe to them. Everything is written/performed and recorded in house, at my studio, which gives me the headspace to play around with ideas and see which ones tick.

A big inspiration to me right now is people like Mayer Hawthorne. He continually evolves his RnB sound and puts out music regularly which always helps drive me into the studio and listen to what he is doing with his craft. Also a big shout to Dusky and Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard for always getting my creative juices flowing

Set It Off
Set It Off came about when a random line from a Wu-Tang kept repeating in my head. I heard it going alongside something fierce with a tinge of rave. I wanted it to be funky but relentless in its sound, where the energy never drops. There are classic drum n bass breaks in the track which comes from a DnB binge I’m currently in.

Your Love
It’s a housey piano track that came about with me hammering away countless hours in my studio. It had a nice progression about it and sat quite nicely with the sound of the track. It’s a bit of an upbeat anthem type of track. Always a summer track in my mind.

Get To Me
This is horn ridden DnB bounce. This has always got a great response when played live. The intro piano riff instantly put a horn section in my mind. I always wanted it to be light, fun and easy to dance to. I decided to make the bridge with an interesting chord progression. Must have had mid 70s Stevie Wonder on repeat during the writing session!

Of Me
This is the type of thing I don’t usually write. It’s sparse, bare and very percussive. I wanted it to have an alternative, rock kind of feel, instead of the dancey material I was writing. It’s influenced from listening to Banks, the energy and the individuality she puts in all of her songs. I like the haunting vibe of the track because I hardly ever come up with stuff like that.

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