Interview: Danny Marquez

How has your year been so far?
I’ve been so busy touring around the world and working in the studio with many different projects. Hopefully you’ll be able to listen to them very soon.
What are you currently busy with?
I’m finishing my new single, Danny Marquez’s “Conchi” and another crazy project with a 15-year-old guy from Miami, Julian Sacheli. He is working hard making some music for clubs when he cannot enter any of those until he turns 21. It’s an experience that gives me a fresh point of view.
You started DJ-ing in Barcelona, how has that shaped you as a DJ?
By the time I started playing in Barcelona, the house music culture wasn’t there yet apart from Ibiza. So I moved to Ibiza to take the influence I needed. Some years later, Barcelona became one of the most interesting places to be and play.
If you weren’t a DJ what do you think you’ll be doing now?
I studied to be a chef but I never felt this job to be my profession. I can’t imagine myself not involved in club culture.
What is it about house music that appeals to you?
There are many different sides of house music that captures my attention. The fact is that each of the tracks has its perfect moment.
Where were some of your most memorable sets?
It’s difficult to choose a few sets; there have been so many. Most of them took place in Ibiza. You can find a few places like Pacha, Space Ibiza, Liv Miami or Zouk, which is one of my favorite clubs in the world.
What are some of the worst things you’ve ever seen in a club?
Whatever happens in a club stays in a club.
Many DJs prefer to play long hours, what’s your preferred DJ set?
I either like to do a two-hour crazy set with lots of energy, or a very long eight hour set to take the crowd on a journey.
Name three of your favorite tracks.
Martin Solveig’s “Hello”—I’ve been friend of Martin for many years and every time he surprises me with something amazing. Also my collaboration with djB on the Oniwaye EP. Plus “One Look” by David Tort featuring Gosha.
What can we expect from your gig at Zouk?
Expect the best from me, as I have been waiting for this moment since the last record I played here. It’s going to be a great night!
Danny Marquez plays Mar 25, 10pm. Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim St., 6738-2988. $25-30 includes two drinks.