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In 2015 Marceline had a chat with DJ/producer Tellurian, or Michel, as she calls him. Tellurian's first gig took place in a church in Hoorn in the province of North Holland (The Netherlands). He was immediately allowed to work live. These days his music is being released on various labels.
“In 1991 a friend, DJ Bastiaan Prins, organised an old-school party called God’s House in the old church in Berkhout, near Hoorn. I was 21 at the time and felt quite honored when he asked me if I wanted to do a live act with my self-produced music. A number of those tracks were later under the name Tellurian released on my first Mokum Records 5 Release.”
“God’s House was a great experience; various styles were played during the evening and the party was completely sold out. For example, I remember that both Planet Rock from Africa Bambaataa passed by and also the first 2 Unlimited track, when they had not reached their famous status yet. From constructive to solid, dark oldskool and techno, it was all played. The audience consisted of party people from Hoorn and the surrounding area, people you would also encounter at other parties in The Netherlands.”
“I was pretty nervous. Especially since my music came fresh from my home studio and no one here had heard my tracks yet. Because I would play a live set, I had been busy preparing for weeks. I supplemented that set on the spot with freaky stuff. Bastiaan Prins was one of the people who supported me. At that time he often supplied me with his new mixtapes. We have always enjoyed listening and making music together. He is also known as a radio DJ and our taste in music is very similar: R&B, swing beat, house, soul, hip hop, house classics and so on. In those days he was one of my inspirators.”
“Was a girlfriend present whom I wanted to impress? For me, the big kick was that I got the audience dancing to music I had produced. In addition, as a DJ/producer of course you have to deal with all prejudices, hehe. For a first time the set went great. The church glowed with countless torches and on stage one of the dancers of Quazar, Sophia, was completely in her tribal/trance element. Both the audience and I went wild. So as far as I’m concerned: mission accomplished!”
“I picked up DJing later; that’s a different story. This is indeed striking, because most people start out with spinning and start producing later. Of course, I learned a lot from that first time. In any case, this performance was the motive for me to continue with music, which was later released by Mokum Records. That also provided in inspiration and motivation.”
This interview was originally published on DJMag.nl on Thursday, January 18th 2015