Marciana / Back to Mars: “Bubble emerged in air”

Back to Mars in Brazil
Marciana reminisced with me about the beginning of her DJ career and her first gig ever. That are actually two.

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Back to Mars 1st gig - Marciana / Back to Mars: "Bubble emerged in air"

In 2017 I met Marciana a.k.a. Marcia Larroid Ghisi, also known as Back To Mars, at my then favorite place in town: the church of Ruigoord. We got along immediately and of course Marciana reminisced with me about the beginning of her DJ career and her first gig ever. “I actually had two first gigs.”

“After practicing at home for three months, I got two gigs. That fact is even a story in itself. We had a Pioneer CD player and a converted home stereo. This meant that the volume button became the pitch control, so we could change the speed of the tracks. No classic set-up, but that’s how I learned to play. My first gigs were special: it was the first time I played in front of people and the first time I played for a dancing public, which happened at my second first gig.”

Back to Mars 2nd gig featured on starting page of English party site - Marciana / Back to Mars: "Bubble emerged in air"


“My debut was in the morning at an afterparty (photo above). I was supposed to play after a chill-out DJ, which meant that I had to continue playing in this genre. So, when people suddenly got up and started to dance, I slowed down the music because I thought they were meant to be chilling.” (laughs)

9Lives of Hofmann

“The gig that stayed with me the most though, was, of course, the first time when I played for a dancing crowd. It was summer and the organization I was affiliated with, 9Lives of Hofmann, were doing an after party for another event that happened the night before. They wanted to be democratic. Therefore, instead of allocating the time slots, all of them were written on pieces of paper, folded and put into a hat. Each of us had to pull one out to get their time to play. I got prime time in the middle of the afternoon. One of the other DJs asked me if I wanted to swap in case I was nervous, which I definitely was! But I thought: ‘Things happen for a reason’ and I decided to stick with it.”

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“The set went awesome, people loved it and it felt like a bubble was created in the air. I always search for this bubble-feeling created by the music and the energy from the crowd combined with my own energy. Sometimes this feeling is almost tangible.”

Music happens in the moment

“Because I don’t preselect tracks, I totally went along with the vibe. I never prepare my sets, not sixten years ago and not now. In my opinion music happens in the moment and who knows what the next moment will bring? What will be the vibe of the people and the party? These are all created on the spot. In my opinion, sets are more truthful to the vibe of the crowd if they are created there and then.”

Back to Mars in Hungary Ozora Festival - Marciana / Back to Mars: "Bubble emerged in air"


“This debut went so amazing, that afterwards my picture was published on the homepage of an English party website. Despite the fact that all that I had was a small stack of CD’s and not even a folder to put them in! I was already hooked to music way before that and this experience just solidified it.”

Back to Mars

“Since then, with my first DJ project Back to Mars I became more and more involved with parties, local and abroad. I play psytrance, mostly forest, dark psy and driving groovy progressive. As Back to Mars, I’ve performed at great events in quite a few countries like Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.”

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“Later, I also created an ‘alternative’ DJ project, Marciana. With this I cover all other styles that I play: deep house, deep techno, world music, jazz, funk and lounge. As Marciana, I mostly play local. It was during a Marciana set at Ruigoord in Amsterdam, when Marceline approached me for this interview.”

This interview with Marciana / Back to Mars is originally published on in June 2017.

Who is Marciana / Back to Mars?

Marciana is the second DJ project from Marcia Larroid Ghisi, also known as Back to Mars. Marciana started playing psytrance as Back to Mars in 2001, but soon after she also started playing sets in many alternative styles. She began with lounge & psybient, Brazilian music and world music, but soon also incorporated tech-house, deep house, techno, psy-tech, psy-breaks and even soul, funk and jazz.

Recently it became a natural development to create a separate project to represent these styles and Marciana was created! Under this project she is now representing Electric Power Pole Records.

Marciana has performed in many Amsterdam locations like Siberië, Kashmir Lounge, Nomads, Supperclub Cruise, Little Buddha, Kokopelli, Roest, Blijburg, Pllek and also at parties and festivals like Magneet, Bevrijdings Festival, MoDem Festival in Croatia and Psy-Fi Festival in Holland. For a while Marciana organized the Bite nights at the Korsakoff in Amsterdam, where many DJ’s were invited to play techno and tech house.

Being an eclectic DJ in any style that Marciana plays, this lady likes to play the Marciana sets since they are fun. With so much good music being released all around, why make choices?

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Photo’s: Slava / Bea Barbarin / Shlomi Yehezkel/ Lucas Chavez

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