Author: Marcus Barnes

Marcus Barnes is a renowned music journalist based in London. As well as manning the good ship Deep House London he contributes to Mixmag, The Independent, Resident Advisor, i-D and many more music outlets.

Label Focus + Interview: Tomoki Tamura (Holic Trax)

Tomoki Tamura is the man behind Holic Trax, a label that gained a strong following on the underground thanks to the consistent quality of the music he puts out. From Mr G to Tuccillo, Rick Wade and more, Holic is a go-to label for many DJs within the scene. Tomoki moved here from his hometown, Osaka, and has built his mini empire over the last 11 years. We began by asking him about his label… “I moved to London for music, really.” How did you start Holic Trax, was it here in London? Yeah, I started it around three years ... Read more

Interview: Ashley Wild

You Are We is one of London’s original Sunday night shindigs, before Sundays became trendy, You Are We were bringing the vibes to east London and built up a solid following thanks to their hedonistic soirees. Ashley Wild is a core member of the You Are We family and he’s not half bad at DJing and producing, too. One of the nicest chaps in the business, we sat down for a chat with Ashley recently and he told us all about You Are We’s recent label launch and much more… “We never really made any money, but it wasn’t really ... Read more

London’s Best Outdoor Venues

Summer is well and truly coming, the sun is out most days and you can feel that oh-so-familiar positive buzz in the air as people gear up for their holidays and anticipation for a hot, sizzling couple of months here in the capital. With that in mind, we turned our attention to the outdoor venues in London that offer us party people the chance to shake our bums outside in a terrace/rooftop environment. So here we go, six of the best… Studio 338 We’re big fans of Studio338 here at Deep House London. The south London venue has one of the ... Read more

Mix #043 By Louie Fresco

Mexican Wave time as this week’s killer mixtape lands on the site fresh from one of Mexico’s finest, Senor Louie Fresco no less! The No.19 recording artist released his album last year, to great acclaim, but he hasn’t stopped working with that excellent body of work on the streets, he’s been hard at it keeping the music going and working on a new collaborative project with his fellow Mexicano, Miguel Puente. As you may expect from Louie, this mix is full of energy, melancholy melodies and enchanting rhythms. It’s a reflection of his own style, which has grown and matured ... Read more

Exclusive Interview: Crazy P

We love a bit of Crazy P here at Deep House London, so when we heard that they had a new album on the way, we were just a little bit excited (in fact, one of our staff members left a little wee wee patch on his chair!). The new LP, entitled ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ is out now on the mighty !K7 label and it’s seriously good. Imagine disco, funk, house and all the wonderful offshoot genres that have appeared over the years, put into a melting pot and cooked up with equal measurements of UK soul and flavour, ... Read more

Exclusive Interview: Brodanse

Brodanse hail from the north of England and, as their name suggests, they’re a pair of brothers. The duo have been making waves in a very short space of time thanks to their high work ethic, keeping on top of a label, DJ gigs, developing a live set and great collaborations, such as the track they did with Groove Armada. With support from luminaries such as Pete Tong, they’ve progressed to a level where they’re now picking up gigs at places like fabric. Not bad eh?! We spoke to them recently ahead of their appearance at Emerging Ibiza, here’s what ... Read more

Full Premiere: Tuccillo – No Easy

Kicking off the week with a bag of treats, including this full premiere of a fantastic new track from the prolific, Ibiza-based producer known as Tuccillo. We linked with the guys at Snatch! Records to get hold of this bomb, which is taken from their new compilation, ‘Square Pegs, Round Holes: 5 Years of SNATCH!’, celebrating five years of the label. Snatch! Records is owned by inimitable Riva Starr, a man who has been crafting house gems for a long while now. The label is a trusted source of top quality house music and we’re big fans here at Deep ... Read more

Mix #042 By Tommy Vercetti

Today’s mix comes from a new talent from the UK, who we’re very happy to give our support to… Introduciiiinnnng, Tommy Vercetti! The mix is pretty special and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it massively. So scroll down to the stream and have a listen, and download it too! Tommy is currently studying Music Technology at University, and hails from the West midlands where he’s DJ’s in local cities such as Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Making music since his early teens he found garage became an source of inspiration as it was the prominent sound during that era. Not to mention ... Read more

Subb-an: Five Gigs I’m Looking Forward To

Subb-an is a busy touring DJ, who also drops the odd live performance, always coming correct with his techy house flavours. He’s also a dab hand in the studio and is definitely always very impressive, whether’s it’s in the booth or busting out fresh new music. With another hectic summer of gigs ahead, we asked to list five gigs he’s really looking forward AND a little summer playlist… no doubt both were a tough call, but he did it and here’s what he had to say. 2020 Vision Day And Night – London: It’s always great to play with mates ... Read more

Exclusive Interview: Ryan Crosson

Late last year we had a chat with Ryan Crosson, one of the founding members of Visionquest, the outfit who came through during the late 2000s with a host of other contemporary artists, all of whom helped to push house and techno back into the public domain after a few years of what some call a ‘recession’. As it’s been a little while since that interview, we caught up with him for a short chat to find out more about one third of the mighty Visionquest… How hard was it now you look back to transition from a young man ... Read more

Label Focus: Chapter 24 Records

Chapter 24 are the subject of this, our first label focus feature. A fledgling UK label, they’ve already picked up strong support from some of the most respected names in the business thanks to the quality of the music they put out, and their attention to detail – with the artwork, artist roster and their events just as important as the music they choose to release. We spoke to Sam Pauli, one of the founders of the label about the story so far… Tell me a bit about yourself, briefly, how did you get involved in music, what was your ... Read more

FACT Release News Of Their Annual Off Week Pool Party Series

Every year Spain’s FACT present a series of pool parties during the Off Week in Barcelona, which are always an essential stop off for anyone roaming around town looking for something fun to do. In fact, we’d place the FACT pool parties in our top three things to do during Off Week, they’re that good. This year is no exception of course and, to mark FACT’s fifth anniversary, a fifth date has been added to another musical marathon around the pool, for which over 70 acclaimed artists will perform with an incredible sound system equipped to ensure the best sound ... Read more

Pacha Barcelona Announce OFF Week Plans

Sonar isn’t far off now, and we’ll be presenting a mini guide to the very best events around town closer to the time. For now though, we bring you news of Pacha Barcelona’s plans for ‘Off Week’, which runs parallel to the official festival. Starting on Wednesday June 17th and running until Sunday June 21st the club will showcase the best labels, DJs and producers in the world across a series of eight unbeatable parties. Some of them take place at night, while some of them will be happening during the the day, utilising an an open-air party space at ... Read more

Undone Put Together Avotre & Gruuv For A London Showcase

It’s with great pleasure that we can share the news that two great labels are teaming up with London promoters Undone for a special showcase on June 19th at London’s Bankside Vaults. Yep, Avotre and Gruuv get together for a right old knees up with their key artists bringing the fire to London, including Santé and Audiojack, Darius Syrossian and Sidney Charles, Philip Bader, Emanuel Satie and Cera Alba. Bankside Vaults is a rarely used, two room, venue that has been specially scouted out for this massive showcase. It is a 2,500 capacity venue with perfect light and sound, and ... Read more

Tribal Sessions Announce First Wave Of Artists For Ibiza 2015

Here’s some more excellent news, Tribal Sessions is back in 2015 with an even bigger, better and more authentic line-up of forward-thinking acts than ever. Sankeys Ibiza’s flagship night has always been about focussing on underground stars, pioneering DJs and forward thinking producers. Nothing is changing in 2015, Sankeys Ibiza will offer up no less than 30 Tribal Ibiza debuts from this phase one announcement alongside some truly talented residents. Last year Tribal Sessions made it’s island debut with a big bang with there being something of a classic feel to all of the bookings. This year it’s all about ... Read more