Both as an artist and a DJ, Marcus Intalex represents the forefront of soulful, musical drum & bass. Heading up the legendary Soul:r label, he has worked with artists such as Calibre and S.P.Y and and always sought to release quality music with lasting appeal. Marcus’s DJ sets have earned him a reputation as a tastemaker, not afraid to test crowds with a fresh high quality selection from across the spectrum of drum & bass. A passion for techno has always run deeply through his music, demonstrated by his recent success as an artist in the house and techno fields as Trevino.
Marcus’ passion for music was born in his native Manchester, where he experienced first-hand the energy of the nascent dance music scene as a regular on the dancefloor at the legendary Hacienda club. His interest for the music grew as the scene devel- oped and, after landing his first professional DJ gig aged just 17, Marcus went on to work at the infamous Eastern Bloc record store. From here he established himself on the Manchester scene and began producing tracks together with fellow Mancunian Mark XTC as Da Intalex, appearing on Flex Recordings.
A chance meeting in the early 90’s, through Flex boss L Double, led to Marcus pairing up with producer and engineer ST Files and gave rise to the partnership we know today as MIST. In 1999, the pair’s ground-breaking release ‘How You Make Me Feel’ on 31 Records began a new soulful movement in drum & bass at a time when the scene was driven by predominantly dark and aggressive sounds. Following up their success with a series of high-profile remixes for MJ Cole, Un:Cut, 4 Hero and Solid State, MIST duly established themselves as leaders in the field and, together with Calibre as Mist:ical, turned heads with their debut LP ‘The Eleventh Hour’ in 2007.
Since 2001 and the set-up of the Soul:r label, they’ve released their own music and that of like-minded artists including Calibre, High Contrast, DJ Marky, dBridge, Alix Perez and Lynx & Kemo, and more recently artists such as S.P.Y, Chimpo, Skeptical, Dub Phizix & LSB. The stable has grown to be amongst the most respected in drum & bass, reflecting Marcus’ own strong personal belief in innovative music with integrity and a life beyond solely the dancefloor.
2011 saw the releases of his debut (!) album, ‘21’, to much fanfare and featured collaborations with regular cohorts DRS & Calibre as well as artists such as S.P.Y, Lynx and fellow Mancunian Zed Bias.
Regular appearances for the likes of Metalheadz, Ram and Renegade Hardware have helped Marcus to avoid the obvious tags and pigeon-holes like ‘liquid’ and ‘minimal’ and reinforce his versatility as a DJ and helps keep him in constant demand as a DJ across the globe.
One of Drum & Bass, and indeed Electronic Music’s true visionaries, Marcus continues to set the pace and champion new artists wherever he travels.