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Talent Watch: Mark Villa

Mark Villa is the latest talent to watch with plenty of new music on the way!

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At the age of 17 (just turned), it’s great to see that Mark Villa has already been crafting a solid career for himself within the dance music industry. Working alongside Mixmash Records, the talented young artist has been releasing some top quality tracks on the record label, as well as being supported by label head, and renowned artist Laidback Luke. For a young artist such as Mark, it’s a difficult business to grasp with so much going on, but this is something which doesn’t seem to faze him, and the future already looks promising for him. So firstly when speaking to him, we got to know how exactly he became involved in the industry.

I think I was around nine or ten years old when I first heard dance music, it was Avicii’s track ‘Fade In Darkness’ and it was the track which really got me into dance music. I became a really big fan of Avicii’s music and I started to see if I could produce and make electronic dance music. It was something I wanted to do and to see if I was satisfied with it, so I started messing around working on music on the weekends. It was at the age of thirteen when I took it a little further, when I said to myself that I wanted to do this, so I started producing and working day in day out, watching tutorials on YouTube and bettering myself.”

In today’s current business, it is so easy to go to company’s who offer tutorials, guides on how to produce music, as well as YouTube where some DJ’s, such as Laidback Luke and Sander Van Doorn, offer insights into how they work in the studio. It was interesting to see how this helped with Mark Villa when he looked at producing music full time. “Luke started doing this like two years ago, but he was doing stuff like DJ tutorials for DJing live and this really helped. But even Future Music Magazine tutorials, where Avicii and Martin Garrix both did features, all really helped. Tutorials are great.”

So for Mark Villa, there were a number of key influences when beginning his career. He became infused in dance music when major names such as Avicii, Afrojack, Tiesto and more were all dominating the dance music scene, and anchoring the “EDM boom”. It was time to get to know who really influenced Mark in his musical direction.

I was influenced by all of the guys at the top of the scene back then, Afrojack was a big influence for me. The track which really got my attention back then was ‘Leave The World Behind’ by Swedish House Mafia and Laidback Luke, it was a track which really stood out for me and got my attention”.

Mixmash Records have obviously picked up on the talented artist which has led to his introduction to the Mixmash Family. He has worked alongside the label for a few years now, where he has had a number of releases, many going down very well with fans and supporters. With Mixmash being a prominent label force, it was interesting to find out what it was like for Mark to work with the label and how it helped him over the past few years.

Yeah it’s been really really good actually. We send a lot of music back and forth, I send a lot of ID’s to them and work together with the A&R’s. We work really close together giving me feedback, and I work on the ideas they give. Sometimes I really need the actual push because I’m not really good at like finishing tracks, I struggle with that sometimes. But A&R really help in terms of focusing on what really matters. If there is a track which is almost finished, but I don’t really feel it anymore, I’ll most likely start another. But I still need to finish tracks, and A&R really help in pushing me for releases.

Mark Villa recently dropped his track ‘Atlas’ on Mixmash Records and the reception which this one got when released was great. Mark opened up about how it was “a relatively old idea” which was “being worked on at ADE in 2016”. It took a full year for the track to be finished and released. “It was already a good ID, but I wasn’t sure if it had enough potential to come through, but I remember a few months ago I went to the studio with a great friend of mine, Nick Peters, and we went in and we worked on a collaboration, but it wasn’t the style for him. So he co-produced it and he laid some touches on it, and it was what the record needed, some fresh air, and it worked out great I think”.

In such a short space of time, Mark Villa has already achieved so much but it will not stop there. It was time to get to know what Mark hoped to achieve in the coming months and looking towards 2018. And the young gun has a lot going on in the next while.

I’m working on a lot of new stuff, I’m working working on a lot of solo stuff as well, and I’ve just released ‘Atlas’, a remix for Cash Cash and Conor Maynard, plus much more. I really just want to pioneer this new genre I’m working on, and it’s not quite there yet, but I’m working real hard”.

And for Mark, he has a lot to still look forward to in the future. So it was time to look at who he really wants to work with in the studio. “As I said earlier, Avicii would be a dream, but I love Martin Solveig, Kygo as well, but I don’t think this would be realistic. EDX would be another dream, and Jonas Blue was one as well, I didn’t think it would be possible, but we worked on ‘In Your Arms Tonight’ which came out in July. But I think EDX, Kygo and Martin Solveig would be my dream collaborations.

This was looking at musical terms, but it was time to really get to know what Mark Villa really wanted to do in the next three to five years. With so many festivals out there, cities to perform in, labels to release upon and a hectic industry, we pitched it to Mark to really get to know what he wanted to gain.

I really want to put out a lot of music, gain a really strong connection to my fans and attract more people to music. I really hope to bring more people to my music, like it, and support it, as well as doing a lot more touring. I did Tomorrowland which was really special for me. Ultra would be a real dream for me, it’s so huge and I also watch the live streams, especially where it’s all between the buildings and the staging. Coachella would also be really cool, the set-up is so diverse and so is the line-up, it’s so cool to see so many different genres involved.

I think it’s safe to say that Mark Villa is a producer and DJ who we all need to check out in the near future, a definite talent to watch, and stayed tuned for the huge new collaboration with Laidback Luke which is set to arrive very soon.

For more information on Mark Villa:
https://www.facebook.com/markvillaofficial/
https://twitter.com/MarkVilla_
https://soundcloud.com/markvillaofficial

Mark Villa Press Rectangle

Mark Villa.

At the age of 17 (just turned), it’s great to see that Mark Villa has already been crafting a solid career for himself within the dance music industry. Working alongside Mixmash Records, the talented young artist has been releasing some top quality tracks on the record label, as well as being supported by label head, and renowned artist Laidback Luke. For a young artist such as Mark, it’s a difficult business to grasp with so much going on, but this is something which doesn’t seem to faze him, and the future already looks promising for him. So firstly when speaking to him, we got to know how exactly he became involved in the industry.

Mark Villa.

I think I was around nine or ten years old when I first heard dance music, it was Avicii’s track ‘Fade In Darkness’ and it was the track which really got me into dance music. I became a really big fan of Avicii’s music and I started to see if I could produce and make electronic dance music. It was something I wanted to do and to see if I was satisfied with it, so I started messing around working on music on the weekends. It was at the age of thirteen when I took it a little further, when I said to myself that I wanted to do this, so I started producing and working day in day out, watching tutorials on YouTube and bettering myself.”

In today’s current business, it is so easy to go to company’s who offer tutorials, guides on how to produce music, as well as YouTube where some DJ’s, such as Laidback Luke and Sander Van Doorn, offer insights into how they work in the studio. It was interesting to see how this helped with Mark Villa when he looked at producing music full time. “Luke started doing this like two years ago, but he was doing stuff like DJ tutorials for DJing live and this really helped. But even Future Music Magazine tutorials, where Avicii and Martin Garrix both did features, all really helped. Tutorials are great.”

Mark Villa.

So for Mark Villa, there were a number of key influences when beginning his career. He became infused in dance music when major names such as Avicii, Afrojack, Tiesto and more were all dominating the dance music scene, and anchoring the “EDM boom”. It was time to get to know who really influenced Mark in his musical direction.

I was influenced by all of the guys at the top of the scene back then, Afrojack was a big influence for me. The track which really got my attention back then was ‘Leave The World Behind’ by Swedish House Mafia and Laidback Luke, it was a track which really stood out for me and got my attention”.

Mixmash Records have obviously picked up on the talented artist which has led to his introduction to the Mixmash Family. He has worked alongside the label for a few years now, where he has had a number of releases, many going down very well with fans and supporters. With Mixmash being a prominent label force, it was interesting to find out what it was like for Mark to work with the label and how it helped him over the past few years.

Mark Villa.

Yeah it’s been really really good actually. We send a lot of music back and forth, I send a lot of ID’s to them and work together with the A&R’s. We work really close together giving me feedback, and I work on the ideas they give. Sometimes I really need the actual push because I’m not really good at like finishing tracks, I struggle with that sometimes. But A&R really help in terms of focusing on what really matters. If there is a track which is almost finished, but I don’t really feel it anymore, I’ll most likely start another. But I still need to finish tracks, and A&R really help in pushing me for releases.

Mark Villa.

Mark Villa recently dropped his track ‘Atlas’ on Mixmash Records and the reception which this one got when released was great. He opened up about how it was “a relatively old idea” which was “being worked on at ADE in 2016”. It took a full year for the track to be finished and released. “It was already a good ID, but I wasn’t sure if it had enough potential to come through, but I remember a few months ago I went to the studio with a great friend of mine, Nick Peters, and we went in and we worked on a collaboration, but it wasn’t the style for him. So he co-produced it and he laid some touches on it, and it was what the record needed, some fresh air, and it worked out great I think”.

In such a short space of time, Mark Villa has already achieved so much but it will not stop there. It was time to get to know what Mark hoped to achieve in the coming months and looking towards 2018. And the young gun has a lot going on in the next while.

Mark Villa.

I’m working on a lot of new stuff, I’m working on a collaboration with Laidback Luke which is called ‘Rise’ and it’s the lead song of the Mixmash album which is being released real soon. I’m also working on a lot of solo stuff as well, and I’ve just released ‘Atlas’, a remix for Cash Cash and Conor Maynard, plus much more. I really just want to pioneer this new genre I’m working on, and it’s not quite there yet, but I’m working real hard”.

And for Mark, he has a lot to still look forward to in the future. So it was time to look at who he really wants to work with in the studio. “As I said earlier, Avicii would be a dream, but I love Martin Solveig, Kygo as well, but I don’t think this would be realistic. EDX would be another dream, and Jonas Blue was one as well, I didn’t think it would be possible, but we worked on ‘In Your Arms Tonight’ which came out in July. But I think EDX, Kygo and Martin Solveig would be my dream collaborations.

Mark Villa.

This was looking at musical terms, but it was time to really get to know what Mark Villa really wanted to do in the next three to five years. With so many festivals out there, cities to perform in, labels to release upon and a hectic industry, we pitched it to Mark to really get to know what he wanted to gain.

I really want to put out a lot of music, gain a really strong connection to my fans and attract more people to music. I really hope to bring more people to my music, like it, and support it, as well as doing a lot more touring. Tomorrowland was really special for me. Ultra would be a real dream for me, it’s so huge and I also watch the live streams, especially where it’s all between the buildings and the staging. Coachella would also be really cool, the set-up is so diverse and so is the line-up, it’s so cool to see so many different genres involved.

I think it’s safe to say that Mark Villa is a producer and DJ who we all need to check out in the near future, a definite talent to watch, and stayed tuned for the huge new collaboration with Laidback Luke which is set to arrive very soon.

For more information on Mark Villa:
https://www.facebook.com/markvillaofficial/
https://twitter.com/MarkVilla_
https://soundcloud.com/markvillaofficial

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