Music • 09 Mar, 2017
INTERVIEW: HEARTBEAT PRESENTS MARC ROMBOY
German House & Techno Chameleon To Play Apocalypse Now THIS Friday
Heart Beat continue their supply of legendary electronic artists to Vietnam. This time it’s Germany’s Marc Romboy. A stalwart of the global underground, a Boiler Room fan favourite, and a regular at places like Fabric in London, The Rex in Paris and The Berghain in Berlin, Marc's a man with a sonic history very much rooted in trance, but with a healthy side of soul-infused vocal house.
Performing for one-night only in Saigon this Friday - wedged between sets in China on Thursday and Bali on Saturday - the man behind influential label Systematic Recordings (est. 2004) was feeling optimistic when AnyArena sat down with him this week.
“I still have a lot of hope that one day, this precious ball flying through the universe, will be an entirely peaceful place,” he smiled, “it’s something we can all make a contribution to, and this is mine."
Catching up with him twenty four hours after he arrived in Vietnam from his hometown of Dusseldorf, we asked him about his life as a travelling musician, and what people could expect from this Friday’s show.
“On my twitter account I call myself a waveform transmitter and producer,” he began, “basically I like to take people on a journey. It’s like a meditation.”
Touring the world for the last twenty years, Marc compares his audiences to passengers on his very own musical spaceship, and spoke of his willingness to challenge them.
“I’m always happy when people anticipate my music,” he said, “but as soon as I realise that the people are ‘flying’ with me, on my spaceship, I might fly a loop over here, I might make an orbit over there, you never know how it goes. It depends what the people are feeling.
“To me, the biggest compliment is not hands in the air or screaming, it’s seeing people on the dancefloor, with their eyes closed in front of me.”
Check out Marc’s most recent Boiler Room performance below, and his collaboration with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra in December 2016, where they reconstructed the work of 19th century French composer Debussy - an experience he called ‘like aligning two planets’. We call it amazing.
Tickets are available at the door this Friday night for 100,000 VND or free before 11PM. Apocalypse Now is at 2B Thi Sach, D.1.
Words by jonaspin