When dance music hit Britain in the early 90’s it was not easy for somebody living in a small seaside town in northern England with no music scene. Marcus Nilla’s passion for electronic music was there right from the start. But instead of clubbing every weekend he used to stay up until 4am Saturday nights obsessing over essential mixes, eagerly listening back the day after on cassette.
After purchasing a pair of belt drive turntables and teaching himself to mix he used to travel to Manchester and Leeds to visit record shops like Eastern block and Hard to find records. It was soon after one of these trips that a defining moment happened in his life. Marcus sent a tape into the iconic IDJ Magazines Bedroom Bedlam competition and won, joining DJ’s such as James Zabiella and Yousef on the winning roster.
Opportunities came about, he played at Digital in Newcastle as well as holding residencies in bars across Northern England. But as with many things in life a sliding doors moment was had and Marcus stepped back from what was a promising career in the industry. Fast forward 15 years and still with a huge passion for music and a burning desire to succeed in a very different modern industry he decided to try again.
In a very short time, he has become a featured DJ with the DJs inbox website, is now a resident DJ at AATM radio with his own show, has his second DJ set coming up this month on the awesome Resonate Together which is Blue Amazons radio show. With music production in the long-term pipeline he is in a whirlwind which looks to be getting stronger.
A very diverse DJ who believes strongly that listening to such an array of DJs has shaped his vibe. Worn out cassettes from DJ’s such as Derrick Carter, Terry Farley, Lee Burridge, Steve Lawlor, Plump DJs, Sasha, Digweed, Tenaglia, Fabio and Grooverider, Tony De Vit and Paul Oakenfold still influence his style still today.
A DJ with a deep sound who keeps a dancefloor engaged and who’s sets regularly include shimmery deep house, driving afro tinged chants, metallic minimal tech house, broken leftfield beats, driving techno and euphoric progressive moments. A DJ who obsesses over his sound. A DJ that has mastered creating a progressive set from the many different sounds and genres in this beautiful thing called electronic music.