Dj Narrative

I fuse narrative with djing and electronic music. March 2017 Newsletter

About

Rarely do you find a DJ who is searching to bring something new to the artform. Dj Narrative manages to fuse insightful narratives with seriously impressive dj sets. His mixtapes and performances span a huge range of genres, but all with a distinct overall sound, and 2017 see's a much more evolved sound and style.

With a deep passion for evolving the art-form and an instinctive ability to rock the floor, Marc has totally embraced the digital DJing movement, developing his scratching and controllerism techniques in order to transcend limitations and enable creative expression.

Coined as the “DJ with no barriers who fuses genres seamlessly” and a winner of the Night Times award for best dj, his creativity in djing has seen Marc perform with string quartets, dancers, performance artists, musicians, percussionists & vjs, as well as supporting a long list of big names, with a wide range of residencies.

He also produces electronic music, plays handpan, and has pioneered new Dj approaches of Traktor Stems released through Loop Lounge, with support by Native Instruments, describing it as "Incredible routine demonstrating the power of #stems"

His routines also grabbed the attention of Dj Mag in 2016 who described them as "closing the gap between live production and DJing" plus recent releases on a range of labels like Beta Birmingham & The Roots Project.... Show / Hide More

Ably showing what can be done with a little creative flair just using samples alone, closing the gap between live production and DJing."

- Dj Mag 2016

"Marc is highly creative individual whose passion shows in his work. He has a great work ethic and on every occasion has risen to the challenge I have send his way. loop Lounge is proud to have Marc as our producer."

- Guillaume Rousere (Loop Lounge)

""Well this is just blowing my head wiiiide open. Innovative beyond belief. Prime brain fodder from certified JEDI - Dj Narrative - What a trip! Thank you!!

- Freaar (Slamboree)

Akin to Brad and Dom, Marc's sets are inventive, genre hopping adventures. One of the most skillful DJ'S with the most interesting sounds around - you won't stop dancing!"

- Jibbering (Shambhala)

"Incredible routine demonstrating the power of #stems by @DjNarrative for @LoopLoungeLtd"

- Native Instruments (2016)

"Working on projects such as Slamboree, Marc Reck is one of the most versatile and explosive DJs on the scene. We are very excited to have him back to The Hare and Hounds, after he has been away working on his latest master piece - The DJ Narrative.... Expect the unexpected....."

- Tom Hyland (Electric Swing Circus)

The Underground Narratology Broadcast

Underground Narratology is my monthly broadcast which features a mixtape with Narrative from the Coming Home Collection, and a Dancefloor mixtape from the Going Out Collection. It's my version of the essential mix which along with John Peel and some pirate radio tapes, and the weekly pilgramage to the que club, was the radio show that got me hooked into electronic music culture in the mid 90's.

I use samples, music and acapellas to create narrative, digging for music that moves me and sampling things that i've found insightful in some way. I've always loved listening to and creating mixtapes, and i think sample culture and electronic music has a wealth of possibility with expressing ideas in a different form. I've been interested in how the combination of sample, music and vocals coupled with dj techniques and new technology can provides an expressive platform for....Show / Hide More

Latest Episode (March 2017)

Here is the latest episode of the new broadcast. I send it out once a month via a newsletter & freely subscribing enables all downloads.

 More of the new Undergound Narratology episodes will live on  The Broadcast Collection 2017

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The earlier backstory collections can be found in 3 parts with 10 mixtapes per page >

The Backstory Collection > Part 1

The Backstory Collection >  Part 2

The Backstory Collection > Part 3

Coming Home Narrative Mix


Tracklisting

1. War Dance - Native Indians Northern Cherokee
2. Species - Redpine & Solo
3. Kalakuta - Pedestrian & Jasperdrum
4. Breaks Selection (Jesper Dahlback Version) - Seba
5. Dark Sky - Hequon
6. Sample - Alan Watts
7. Fixation - Catz n Dogz
8. K375 Unfriended - Dubspeeka
9. Lockjaw (Akkord Remix) - Special Request
10. Booo! (feat. Ms Dynamite) - Sticky
11. Jungle Ting - Mik Mack
12. Woooo - S-X
13. 1 Sec - Mumdance & Novelist
14. Akkord - Destruction (Special Request VIP)
15. Abyss - Reso
16. Onwards Vultures by King Cannibal
17. Ruck - Tipper
18. Dot Com Bust - Jahcoozi
19. Inner City Life (Roni Size Remix) - Goldie
20. Renegade Snares (Foul Play Remix) - Omni Trio
21. Gangsta Kid (Hyperfunk T-Power Remix) - Shy Fx & Gunsmoke
22. Ubiquity - Gappa G & Lucky B
23. Oxygen - Bjork
24. Song of the Sibyl - Dead Can Dance
25. Satitique - Ikon

About

About

Music : Cinematic downtempo house, techno, breaks, grime, drum & bass, jungle and electronica

Narrative  : "the danger of the single story" "i a stranger and afraid, in a world i never made" "start with secondly and you have an entirely different story" "we make things solid with our minds" "will someone show me the way before the sun goes down on my heart"

Samples : Alan Watts / Pema Chodran / Ted Talk

Acapellas : Ghost Poet

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Going Out Dancefloor Mix


Tracklisting

1. Monster Island (Christian Martin Remix) - Claude Von Stroke
2. Flash (Eats Everything Remix) - Green Velvet
3. Be Yourself (Original Mix) - Modus (USA)
4. Breaks Selection (Jesper Dahlback Version) - Seba
5. Wrong Turn (Original Mix) - Harvey McKay
6. Evoke (Original Mix) - Adrian Oblanca
7. Psyche (Mark Reeve Remix) - Wehbba
8. The Enemy feat. Felix Da Housecat (Julian Jeweil Remix) - Matador
9. Miss You (Truncate Remix) - Dustin Zahn
10. On Your Own (Original Mix) - Spartaque
11. Acid (Coyu Raw Mix) - Nick & Danny Chatelain
12. Run Back (Original Mix) - Mark Reeve
13. Simulation (Original Mix) - Transcode
14. Insomnia (Dj Narrative Acapella Edit) - Faithless
15. Stanleys (Anna Remix) - Matador
16. Robot Audience (Spartaque Remix) - Umek

 About

Music : Tech House, Techno

Info: My 50th mix! A recording of my set from Saucered 17th birthday event at Suki 10c on December 2016

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More Narrative Mixtapes

Most of the Narrative mixes use a dont fall into a specific sound very well, as they use genres, samples and acapellas to convey the narrative. They are normally contained in the Coming Home series of the Underground Narratology Broadcast, and Backstory, although i've developed a way of performing it on the dancefloor side.

Influences

Djs like Coldcut, James Zabiela, & a couple of the early Northern Exposure mixes, but all genres, great djs, electronic music producers and all of the sample and vocal content. Storytellers, Joseph Campbell, Project X Presents, endless influences.

Genres

All genres featured in the Coming Home Collection's

Experience

Years of developing the idea behind the scenes on the stage. Collaborations with Dancers, Musicians, Visual Artists, Vjs, Performers and storytellers, and exploring all kinds of approaches and technologies have led me where it's at. Feels a good time to try and connect with others around the idea.

Mix / Download Pages

Coming Home Collection Part 1

Coming Home Collection Part 2

Going Out Collection Part 1

Going Out Collection Part 2

Downtempo or Dope based Narrative Mixtapes

Tracklisting

1. Vermillion Kisses - Barry Adamson
2. Mogul Modal - Ikon
3. Where Do I Begin (Away Team Mix) - Shirley Bassey
4. You Know I'm No Good ( Skeewiff remix ) - Amy Winehouse
5. Skanky Panky Tune - William Breakspear vs The Strangeways
6. Puzzle Dust - Tipper
7. Scrabbler - Tipper
8. Temper - Breakage
9. All That’s Left - Break
10. Slow Down - Break and dj die
11. Vapourise - Sub Focus
12. Stonehead - Enei
13. Evolutionary (Extended Mix) - T.O.B feat Nonku
14. L.E.D. Down - Tipper
15. L.E.D. Down (Orchestral Mix) - Tipper

About

More Examples : Coming Home Vol #1 or Coming Home Vol #2

Music : Cinematic Downtempo, Glitch Hop, D&B, Orchestral Electronica

Narrative  : A story about love with a dark edged twist. 

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Dancefloor Based Narrative Mixtapes

Tracklisting

1. 238 days - High Contrast feat Underworld
2. Inner City Life - Goldie
3. Speechless (K&D mix) - Count Basic
4. God Bless (Wagon Christ Mix) - Lamb
5. Ulysses - Om Unit
6. Dark Sunrise - Om Unit Feat. Tamara Blessa
7. Ruffest gun ark (chase & status mix) - Top Cat
8. "Notorious" - Nanci & Phoebe feat Congo Natty
9. Bomber - Loadstar
10. Higgins - Tipper
11. Timbre - Stray
12. Torn - Terminal State
13. Forever - Seba
14. Everythings Different (Calibre Mix) - High Contrast
15. This Dark Matter - London Elektricity

About

More Examples :  Going Out Vol #7 or Coming Home Vol #5

Music : Downtempo Trip Hop, Liquid D&B, Deep Jungle, D&B, Jungle

Narrative  : A journey of the creative spirit 

Samples : Ira Glass

Links : https://vimeo.com/24715531

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Broadcasting in 4D

My mixtapes & performances loosely fall in 4 styles. Dancefloor (Warehouse), Dancefloor (Bass), Dope & Downtempo. And i guess a 5th with the Narrative Depth side.

I've done my best attempt at grouping the main styles into the 4 main areas to try and help navigation for visitors & promoters find what they want to hear, recognising the importance of defining genres both as a promoter of 15 years, and a music lover. It also helps me navigate my music library and dj a much wider sound, without having to choose from everything.

If you do find for any reason yourself looking for anything in particular on my makeshift site, i'm always at the end of an email 🙂

Dancefloor

Tech House & Techno

Warehouse Music

Dancefloor

Bass Music, House & Breaks

Bass Music

Dope

Midtempo Dope, Tropical & Funky Beats

Underground to Party

Downtempo

Cinematic Electronica to Warm Trip Hop

Warm to Cinematic

Dancefloor (Warehouse Techno & House)

Dancefloor on the techno side was my first love buying all the vinyl i could afford in mid 90’s and today it's one of my favourite genres to play. I play from deep to dark to funky and rollling which

Influences

From the deep berlin through to james zabiela / warehouse project style and from the funky Carl Cox style to the more rolling or minimal elements of 90's Techno, but also mix in a lot of elements which sit between the two like Djrum or Tessella

Genres

Techno / House / Tech House / Broken Beat / Progressive

Experience

Promoters : Atomic Jam / H.O.G / Hologram / Osmosis

Venues : Que Club, Rainbow Warehouse, The Tunnel Club

Gigs : Jerome Hill / 808 State / Altern-8 / Sir Real

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Dancefloor (Bass Music & Breaks)

Dancefloor on the bass music side is where i play all music that falls under this newly title banner. I like to go phat party and can get really deep or dark, and mix up all the genres dropping acapellas and scratches.

Influences

My Nu Leng, Dj Ez, Eats Everything, Dirty Birdm Special Request, Congo Natty

Genres

Breaks / Garage / House / Bass Music / Dubstep / Grime / Jungle

Experience

Promoters : Drop Beats Not Bombs / Celebrate Birmingham’s
Underground / Rockfall

Venues : Medicine Bar / Rainbow / Zephr Lounge

Gigs : Freestylers / Ez Rollers / Utah Saints / Dub Fx

Warehouse Techno & House Mixtapes

Tracklisting

1. Monster Island (Christian Martin Remix) - Claude Von Stroke
2. Flash (Eats Everything Remix) - Green Velvet
3. Be Yourself (Original Mix) - Modus (USA)
4. Breaks Selection (Jesper Dahlback Version) - Seba
5. Wrong Turn (Original Mix) - Harvey McKay
6. Evoke (Original Mix) - Adrian Oblanca
7. Psyche (Mark Reeve Remix) - Wehbba
8. The Enemy feat. Felix Da Housecat (Julian Jeweil Remix) - Matador
9. Miss You (Truncate Remix) - Dustin Zahn
10. On Your Own (Original Mix) - Spartaque
11. Acid (Coyu Raw Mix) - Nick & Danny Chatelain
12. Run Back (Original Mix) - Mark Reeve
13. Simulation (Original Mix) - Transcode
14. Insomnia (Dj Narrative Acapella Edit) - Faithless
15. Stanleys (Anna Remix) - Matador
16. Robot Audience (Spartaque Remix) - Umek

 About

More Examples : Going Out Vol #9 

Deep Examples : Coming Home Vol #13

Music : Tech House, Techno

Info: My 50th mix! A recording of my set from Saucered 17th birthday event at Suki 10c on December 2016

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Bass Music Underground Mixes


Tracklisting

1. Rudies (feat. Soom T & Afrikan Boy) - DJ Yoda
2. Fat Boys - Nadastrom
3. Gridlock - Pearson Sound
4. Take Your Body Off (Tessela Remix) - Perc
5. Butchwax (Original Mix) - Tessela
6. Cut Me Up (Cause & Affect Remix) - Stanton Warriors
7. Your Love (Pearson Sound Remix) - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
8. Body Armour - Special Request
9. Lolita (Warehouse Mix) - Special Request
10. Hackney Parrot (Special Request VIP) - Tessela
11. Fram - Blawan
12. Bowsers Castle - Champion
13. Dust (Tessela remix) - Alex Smoke
14. Quaddoom 2 0 - Phil Denton
15. Don't change for me - Ramadanman
16. Look Out Tessela Remix - Die Roh
17. Tribal - Mala

 About

More Examples : Going Out Vol #3 or Going Out Vol #5

Party Example : Going Out Vol #1, Going Out Vol #8, Going Out Vol #11, Going Out Vol #12

Music : House, Nu Jungle, Breaks, Techno, Tech House

Info: Dylan and Ruth Berry host an awesome annual weekend party in Bristol called Glastonberry. I'd bought a whole load of new tunes the night before based on a heads up from Nicky Furness about Special Request which led me onto houndstooth label, alongside a load of stuff i bought on Hessle. All kind of sits somewhere in the middle of breaks, techno, house and jungle, and a sound im really feeling at the mo. Inspired a whole new direction

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Dope (Funky / Underground)

Dope and Funky is all the midtempo sounds which suit a much wider age range, and is either on the more underground side or the more party side.

Genres

Dope & Funky Breaks / Tropical beats (Latin / Cumbia / Afrobeat) / Hip Hop / Reggae / Funk / Soul / Balkan / Electro Swing / Glitch Hop / Scratching

Influences

The Nextmen / Quantic / Sam Redmore

Experience

Promoters : Jibbering / Custom Made / Bham Opera After Parties

Venues : Hare & Hounds / The Cross (Dark Horse)

Gigs : The Nextmen / Dj Derek / The Correspondents / Destroyers / Quantic / Sam Redmore / Electric Swing Circus

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Downtempo (Warm / Cinematic)

Two sides of downtempo are cinematic or warm to create an atmosphere or explore a narrative.

Genres 

Ambient / Electronica / Dub / Trip Hop / Nu Jazz

Experience 

Promoters : Cinephonic / Pilot Nights / Baboon Back Bar Sessions / Project X Presents

Gigs : Mixmaster Morris / Loafers Lounge / Friendly Fire Music

Dope / Funky Underground Mixtapes

Tracklisting

1. Original - Leftfield
2. If (interlude) - Breakage
3. Kill Switch - Dj Krush
4. Dazed and Confused - Tipper
5. I Know I Can (Nico Luminous remix) - Nico Luminous
6. Walkie Talkie (SPR All-Stars Remix) - DJ Shadow
7. Army of Me (VibeSquaD refix) - Bjork
8. Le Banquet (Feat. Kentaro & Netik And Rafik & Tigerstyle & Vajra) - Switchblade Dyamics
9. TriLLogy - Ill.Gates, Opiuo & Vent
10. Oooh (K+Lab Remix) - De La Soul
11. Chemical Response (Mobscene Remix) - Chemical Brothers
12. Swing Break - The McMash Clan ft. Kate Mullins
13. Contact - Noisia & Foreign Beggars
14. Toodoo - Mr Oizo feat Carmen Castro
15. SQSH - Bassbin Twins
16. Movement in Still Life - BT
17. Concept of Nature (Habersham remix) - Son Of The Electric Ghost
18. Rej (A Hundred Birds Beatless Mix) - Ame
19. Empire (Orchestral Version) - Hybrid
20. Lucky - Albert

About

More Underground Examples - Going Out Vol #4

Accessible Funky - Going Out Vol #2, Going Out Vol #6 Pt 2

Music : Downtempo, Glitch Hop, Breaks

Narrative  : A tale of a dj who starts to lose her connection with the tao with her increasing dependance on technology

The final track had an accompanying video made by modal, which comments on the disposability of childhood imagination in the technology age. This is something which underpinned the narrative, & helped me fill in the gaps from You're Original by Leftfield through to Lucky by Albert, which were my start and end points.

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Downtempo Cinematic Mixtapes

Tracklisting

1. Empire [Orchestral Version] - Hybrid
2. Barkensignal - Boozoo Bajou
3. Music Box - The Cinematic Orchestra
4. Trans Fatty Acid (Kruder & Dorfmeister Remix) - Lamb
5. Life Raft For A Death Trip - Tipper
6. I saw the Earth for the first time - Kalpataru Tree
7. Tokyo Nights (Coco & Stonebridge Edit) - Tokyo Knights
8. Everyone In The World Is Doing Something Without Me - Future Sound of London
9. So Damn Beautiful - Polaroid
10. A Warm Place - Nine Inch Nails
11. I Need Something Stronger - U.N.K.L.E.
12. Alberto Balsalm - Aphex Twin
13. Drowning peacefully - SpeaK
14. Metteng Excuske v1.2 (Original Mix) - Squarepusher
15. Estelle - A Man Called Adam

About

More Examples : Coming Home Vol #1 or Coming Home Vol #9

Music : Downtempo, Cinematic, Ambient, Electronica, Trip Hop

Narrative  : Inspired by finding the project x sample earlier, and thinking about the recent passing of Howard Marx, I thought id record this week's downtempo mixtape around the theme of the words Howard speaks for Rich Batsford's completion track and here it is.

Contains the specially recorded samples from Howard Marks and binaural recordings at our 1st Project X Presents event, coupled with dark and beautiful tracks from artists like Aphex, Tipper, Cinematic Orchestra, & Future Sound Of London

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Dj Gigs

I've played over 250 gigs over the years, and slowed down in 2011/2012 to focus on the narrative and music side and moving onto a boat and various other stuff. Taking some gigs here and there. Here's  a list of the previous ones and some dj feedback.

 

Dj Bookings

Cirque Du Surreal @ Suki 10C
Saucered Birthday @ Suki 10C
Hologram @ Zephr Lounge
Pilot Nights Theatre
House of God 23rd birthday @ Tunnel Club
Brighton Music Conference
Glastonberry in Bristol
BPM Event Chaveau Stage Closing Set
Out To Grass Phil Lara 10 Year Event
Glastonberry in Bristol
Out To Grass Tracy Matt Wedding
Zack Appeal Fundraiser
Wagon & Horses with Ksmk Neil, Osmosis, & Fbt
Birmingham Opera Afterparty, Argyle Warehouse
Jibbering at Hare & Hounds with The Nextmen & Munchbreak
Hot Club De Swing at Hare & Hounds with Jitterbug
Citric City @ P.S.T, Birmingham
The Cellar, Birmingham
Nye at P.S.T, Lombard St, Birmingham
Slam Event at Core at Corby Cube, East Midlands
Dj Workshop for We are One Birthday @ The Core, Corby
Workshop for Lyric Lounge @ Rutland
Dj Workshop for Beats Bus @ Northampton Town Centre
Dj workshop for Lyric Lounge @ Corby Cube
(Time out to focus on Productions & Workshops)
Shambala Festival @ Kamikaze tent 11pm
Relative Dub Live w/ Dj Narrative & Dj Skeleton @ Wagon & Horses
Street fest w/ Dub Pistols, Dub Mafia & Dj Narrative @ Adam & Eve
Beaverfest @ Beaverworks (Leeds)
FBT 2nd Birthday @ PST, Birmingham
Benefit Gig @ Wagon & Horses, Birmingham
New Dj Narrative weekly Radio show starts on Rhubarb Radio (7-8pm)
Slamboree Live @ Featherstone Castle, North Yorkshire
Slamboree Live debut gig @ Trades Club, Hebdon Bridge
Corby Cube @ Adrenaline Skate Park 4 hour set with Blend AV
New Years Eve @ PST with Jibbering & Jam Jah
(Time off to work on Music)
Dancing for Dympna @ Formula
The Destroyers @ South Bham College
Balkanik Eruption with The Vagabond Club @ Cross
Zion Train @ Adam & Eve with Vj Blendstate & Jam Jah
The Correspondants, Silverback, Bass6, Brotherhood of Filth
Mr Elephant’s 3rd Birthday Pt 1 with Brotherhood of Filth & The Beat Suite
Bham Opera Othello Afterparty
(6 months off djing gigs to work on workshops & productions)
Party Rockin Mammal Sessions 1st Birthday with Beat Suite & Lopan
Live & Free #6 with Flat Stanley & Laura Louise
Intermix with Jam Jah & Moseley Tropical
Party Rockin Mammal Sessions # 9 with Boogie Dave & Subcitizen
Live & Free # 5 with Mama Matrix
Cinephonic #2 with The Beat Suite
Party Rockin Mammal Sessions # 8 with Funkbox & Billy Chill
Get Em In @ Hare & Hounds with Ez Rollers & Funkbox
Live & Free # 4 with Blackheart Generator
Muchuu Album Launch @ Hereford
Intermix @ Hare & Hounds with Balkanik Eruption
Party Rockin Mammal Sessions # 7 with Dr Pepperspray
World Unlimited presents Transglobal Underground @ Hare & Hounds
Back Bar Sessions @ Hare & Hounds with Vj Blendstate
Live & Free #3 @ Adam & Eve with the Heels, Hidden Half, & Flame of Fervour
Destroyers Album Launch @ Rainbow Warehouse with 360 & Home Cookin’
Cinephonic Dancefloor Sessions @ Hare & Hounds with Quantic
Party Rockin Mammal Sessions # 6 @ Bulls Head with Mark Smallman
Live @ The Adam @ Eve with Paper Tiger & Funkbox
Mr Elephant Presents Festival Style @ Hare & Hounds with Dub Fx, Alphadrive, Jerome Hill, Rich Batsford, Laura Louise, Ciracdia, Osmosis Residents, Bass6, Blendstate & The Lab
Project X Presents – Xhibition @ The Cross with Cracked Actors & Chromatouch
Party Rockin Mammal Sessions # 5 @ Bulls Head with R Caine
Back Bar Sessions @ Hare & Hounds with Vj Blendstate
Private Party
Live @ The Adam & Eve with Munchbreak, Playing Django, & Smiley Mic
Party Rockin’ Mammal Sessions # 4 @ Bulls Head with Badaboon
Private Party
The Night Time Awards @ Hare & Hounds – 5 Hour Set with Vj Blendstate
Thu 26th Mar 2009 – Back Bar Sessions @ Hare & Hounds
Sat 14th Mar 2009 – Lyndalls Fabulous Party @ Hare & Hounds
Baboon Back Bar Sessions @ Hare & Hounds with Vj Blendstate
Party Rockin Mammal Sessions #3 @ Bulls Head with Olbi Iyah
Back Bar Hosting @ Hare & Hounds
New Years Eve @ Hare and Hounds
The Night Times @ Custard Factory
Mr Elephant Presents Party Rockin Mammals #2 @ Bulls Head
50th Birthday party @ The Spotted Dog
Atomic Jam @ The Que Club
Consider It Done’s Gigbeth Show @ Rainbow Pub
Mr Elephant Presents “Party Rockin Mammal Sessions #1 @ Bulls Head
The Night Times & Mr Elephant Present “Celebrate Birminghams Underground” @ The Rainbow Warehouse & Beach
Project X Presents 4 @ B.u.s.c
Surfs Up Festival @ Newquay
Ric & Una’s Wedding @ Chi Bar
Custom Made @ Rainbow
Big Beats Festival @ Custard Factory
Scratch Club @ The Rainbow
Birmingham Opera Afterparty
Giles Peterson @ Hare and Hounds (Hosting Back Bar)
Mr Elephant at The Longest Day Festival
Mr Elephant’s Family All Dayer @ The Prince
Newman College’s 40th anniversary party @ Botanical Gardens
Mr Elephant’s 1st birthday @ Hare and Hounds
Subvert with The Heels @ Wagon & Horses
Project X Presents – X Labs @ Concrete
Rockfall Xmas Special @ The Custard Factory
Custom Made @ The Rainbow
Funkatronic @ Rooty Frooty
Rich n Lyndall’s leaving party @ The Prince
Project X Presents @ Gigbeth @ Rainbow Warehouse
Birmingham Opera La Traviata Afterparty
Rockfall (Mechanoise 10th Birthday) @ The Custard Factory
Waveform Sustainable Festival
Drop Beats Not Bombs @ The Re Opening of the Que Club
Boogie Dave’s 41st Birthday @ The Medicine Bar
Sam’s Wedding @ Edgbaston Palace Hotel
Psychedelic Beach Ball Festival
Custom Made with Dj Derek @ The Rainbow
Rockfall vs City Breaks @ Custard Factory
Anti-world Festival @ Secret Location, nr London
Sex Education @ The Boiler Room
Rumble In the Jungle @ Custard Factory
Rockfall @ Vale Festival
Mr Elephant 2 @ Epic Skate Park
Rockfall vs Subvert F.O.E Fundraiser @ Epic Skate Park
Secret Garden @ The Prince
Grassi Roots with Cut La Roc @ The Cross
Custom Made with Mixmaster Morris @ The Rainbow
Drop Beats Not Bombs 7 @ The Custard Factory
Peace Not War @ Drop Beats Not Bombs in The Hidden Factory
Dj Battle in the Pool @ Drop Beats Not Bombs
Our Birthday Celebrations @ Peckers
Vanfest @ Actress & Bishop
Mr Elephant 1 @ Epic Skate Park
Jump, Shake Rattle & Roll @ Rooty Frooty
Sexual All Stars vs Rockfall @ Epic Skate Park
Sexual Allstars vs Rockfall @ Epic Skate Park
The Freestylers @ Custard Factory
Rockfall Xmas Party @ Air
Drop Beats Not Bombs @ Air
Live on Influx Radio
Boogie Dave’s 40th @ Air
Sshh @ Epic Skate Park
Influx Sessions @ Atticus
Jon’s Tribute Party @ Private Club
Live on Influx Radi
Crash Launch Party @ Bash Bar,
Anne-Marie + Pyn’s Birthday @ New Inn
Live on Influx Radio
Circus Launch @ Sanctuary, Birmingham,
Project X Presents “Like Fxck” @ Epic Skate Park
Big Dave’s Big Bash
Live on Influx Radio
Drop Beats Not Bombs 7 @ The Custard Factory
Easter Party with a Pool @ The Private Club
Rockfall 2 @ The Custard Factory
Jibbering Sessions – Upstairs @ The Cross
Rockfall 1 @ The Custard Factory
Keep It Real @ Epic Skate Park
Ali’s leaving Do @ Robannas
Spectrum @ Stealth
Inter-course 4 w/ Sexual Allstars @ Forme Bar
Inter-course 3 w/ 808 State & High Eight @ Forme Bar
Inter-course 2 with Future Funk Squad & Mojo @ Forme Bar
Inter-course 1 @ Forme Bar
Chris’ 30th @ Forme Bar
Robs Birthday @ Robannas
Compulsion @ Subway City
Inukshuk with Steve Gerrard @ The Sanctuary
Headway 15 @ Bar Academy
Headway 14 @ Bar Academy
Headway 13 @ Bar Academy
Headway 12 @ Bar Academy
Headway 11 @ Bar Academy
Headway 10 @ Bar Academy
Headway 9 @ Bar Academy
Headway 8 @ Bar Academy
Headway 7 @ Bar Academy
Headway 6 @ Bar Academy
Headway 5 @ Bar Academy
Headway 4 @ Bar Academy
Headway 3 @ Bar Academy
Bubble Up 4 @ The Village
Headway 2 @ Patrick Kavanaghs
Headway 1 @ Patrick Kavanaghs
Bubble Up 3 @ Bham University
Bubble Up 2 @ Bham University
Bubble Up 1 @ Bham University

Mixtape Feedback

"Incredible journey, seamless mixing, superb mix mate...fair play" Matthew Foord - on Dj Narrative The Dj & The Tao Mix
"Sensational as always ;)" - My Light Leora on Dj Narrative The Dj & The Tao Mix

"This mix is a journey from metallic angular bass driven glitch that seamlessly evolves into smoothed warm strings and thermal synths..Just like the Tao you can't quite put your finger on how you got here but you just know it was worth taking the trip.. Quality mix" - Sensa on Dj Narrative The Dj & The Tao Mix

"Well this is just blowing my head wiiiide open. Innovative beyond belief. Prime brain fodder from certified JEDI Marc Reck (Dj Narrative) What a trip! Thank you!!!! :)" Freear (Ape / Slamboree) on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Shit hot! Ha! totally nuts intro.. Seamless mix through many styles and genres and you did it with aplomb dude! Brought full circle with that ending, great choice..Excellent mix and a sign of a true DJ" - Sensa on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Great mix Marc.. Thanks for including both the Amy winehouse remix and the mogul modal track too Alex (Skewiff) on Dj Narrative" - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Sublime brain candy from Marc Reck (Dj Narrative). Best mix we've heard in ages. Thank you!! X" - Slamboree on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Marc Reck... Amazing..this is your genius! Wow. I will be putting my ear to more of that magic. Cheers" - April Sunshine on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Thoroughly enjoyed ur coming home mix!Just wanted to say thanks for the experience" - Leora Bermeister on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Sweet Sound!!!" - Zhenglu Lia - on Dj Narrative Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Bloody Marvellous" - Duncan Idahotion on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Nice Set" - Andrew Jones on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Hey Marc - Fantastic new instalment to the series. Thanks for the Ikon track inclusion. Elliot Ireland (Pedigree Cuts)" - on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Marc Reck - great dj.. whatever ingredients he puts in..gives you the full four courses - John Reilly

"FAT mix from Marc Reck!" - Mike Freear on Dj Narrative Fear & Love Part 2 Mix

"Strong Stuff" - Respect - Drumas on Dj Narrative Fear & Love Part 2 Mix

"Heavy mix Marc!..Nice use of Accapellas" - Sensa on Dj Narrative Fear & Love Part 2 Mix

"Mega mega thank for the music  .. finally getting a chance to listen and LOVING it" - Moving Hands Theatre on Dj Narrative Mixes

“I really enjoyed this one, will put it in with my favorite mixes - which are mostly BBC essential mixes. The mix is seamless and fantastic." Thanks for sharing!” - Ozmo on Inauguration Sessions CD

"Marc's are (wonderful) mixes that narrate themselves - in an ambient manner" - Glyn Phillips World Beat Radio on Dj Narrative Mix

"Been loving the mixes - be great to get them downloaded and in me car!" - Huw Beale on Dj Narrative Newsletter Mixes

"Super" - Nazan Fennall on Archive 5 Xmas Breaks Mix for friends

"flat pack?? no problem.. a bit of Marc Reck to listen to (aaah my fave DJ/musician!" - Sarah Wilkinson on Dj Narrative Downtempo Collection 1

Nice Mix! - Adrian Chupi on Dj Narrative Archive 11 - Inter-course Breaks Mix

"The very talented DJ and producer Marc Reck posted up a whole bunch of downloadable mixes ranging from the chilled to the dance floor" - Rich Batsford on Dj Narrative Newsletter Collection

"Listening to some quality mixes by the talented Marc Reck" - Lyndall Fitzgerald on Dj Narrative Newsletter Collection

Still remember those mixes !! Had decided to hang me dancing shoes up back in 2006 - then along came Marc and those mixes - much dancing - much fun - breaks are great !!" - Pyn on Dj Narrative Newsletter Collection

"Incredible journey...seamless mixing...superb mix mate...fair play" Matthew Foord

"Driving to Chester, listening to Marc Reck. Quite an old CD, but very, very nice!!" - Bonnie Brick on Dj Narrative Archive Mix 5

"You really have a unique style of blending sounds and genres. Man there is some serious work in this mixtape well done!". - Guillaume Rousere (Loop Lounge) on Hannah Wants Pre Comp Mix

"now enjoying a fine selection of breaks. Proper boss mixes and a great newsletter. Keep it up man!" - Daniel Moody on Dj Narrative Newsletter

"Nice one!" - Taos on Dj Narrative Coming Home Vol 4 - The Creative Mix

"Yes Marc. Love it, tune after tune" - Sean Duffy on Dj Narrative Coming Home Vol 4 - The Creative Mix

"Stonkin set mate! from the off to the fin..great blends and selection.. One of your best sah! :)" - Sensa on Dj Narrative Coming Home Vol 4 - The Creative Mix

"Fresh Sonic Justice from the ever inspiring Marc Reck - Whole new way of doing mixes - Enjoy!" - on Dj Narrative Coming Home Vol 4 - The Creative Mix

Listening to Marc Recks techno mix. Was feeling blue and now dancing all over the boat! - Pyn Stockman (Dramask) on Dj Narrative Going Out Vol 9 - Techno Mix 1

Your mix is wicked bro! - Dj Smokedog on Dj Narrative Going Out Vol 9 - Techno Mix 1

"A great treasure trove of quality and diverse music mixes all tagged and linked up from the very talented Marc Reck" - Rich Batsford on Download Page 1

"Ahhh marc, stunning soundcast! has cheered up my afternoon no end!" - Dave Checkley on Dj Narrative - Going Out Vol 4 - Glitch Hop Mix

"Well this is just blowing my head wiiiide open. Innovative beyond belief. Prime brain fodder from certified JEDI Marc Reck (Dj Narrative) What a trip! Thank you!!!! :)" Freear (Ape / Slamboree) on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Shit hot! Ha! totally nuts intro.. Seamless mix through many styles and genres and you did it with aplomb dude! Brought full circle with that ending, great choice..Excellent mix and a sign of a true DJ" - Sensa on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Great mix Marc.. Thanks for including both the Amy winehouse remix and the mogul modal track too Alex (Skewiff) on Dj Narrative" - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Sublime brain candy from Marc Reck (Dj Narrative). Best mix we've heard in ages. Thank you!! X" - Slamboree on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Marc Reck... Amazing..this is your genius! Wow. I will be putting my ear to more of that magic. Cheers" - April Sunshine on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Thoroughly enjoyed ur coming home mix!Just wanted to say thanks for the experience" - Leora Bermeister on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Sweet Sound!!!" - Zhenglu Lia - on Dj Narrative Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Bloody Marvellous" - Duncan Idahotion on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Nice Set" - Andrew Jones on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Hey Marc - Fantastic new instalment to the series. Thanks for the Ikon track inclusion. Elliot Ireland (Pedigree Cuts)" - on Dj Narrative - Coming Home Vol 3 - Alone (A Love Story)

"Check out a great set by Brummie Marc Reck featuring lotsa Tipper tracks from 2010 " Consumption Blog on Mr Elephant Show 33

"Love the mixcloud shows" - Consumption Blog

"Dude, thanks for the link for the swing Mixcloud. I've been jiving round the house for the last few days!" - Marcuss Crockett on Live at Hot Club de Swing

"Listening to it now! Cheering up my Monday morning! Thanks love xx" Clare Nowell on Live at Wagon & Horses

"Great set this mate...one of your best i've heard from you so far :)" - John Reilly on Live at Wagon & Horses

"Thanks for your ace mix & again for a top do" Paul Perret on on Live at Wagon & Horses

"blazed many a herbal cigarette to this one"- Dj Erb on Cd 2 Fear & Love Breaks Mix

"easy dude, long time no speak - loving your stuff mate" - Dj Erb on Mixcloud

Mate this is amazing!! SO much info there im sure there will be loads of really useful stuff. Wicked to have such proper documentation of all ya music making , mixes etc. Nice one 🙂 - Laura Louise on Dj Narrative Newsletter #1

"Thanks for this download Marc. Brilliant music"- Ian J Gavin on Cd 1 Cinematic Downtempo Mix

Thanks Marc! Loving it xx Claire Nowell on Dj Narrative Newsletter #1

"if you love music, especially (but not exclusively) electronic music then Marc Reck's DJ Narrative newsletter is an wonderful resource of great mixes and free downloads" - Rich Batsford on Dj Narrative Newsletter #1

"the following two mixes stand as a shortcut on my desk-top. beautiful music!" - prosoyaboy on Cd 2 Fear & Love Breaks Mix

"Belgian beer,...The sun,..Dutch weed,..Your music, ...... nice combination!!"- prosoyaboy on Mixcloud

"Just listening to your first half hour of djing NYE 2010 - OLD!!! But so so good!!! Miss you! x" - Clare Nowell on Djing Pst Nye 2011

"these sets (synchronicity, headspace) were the soundtrack to many witevanman days wen i got them !" - Rich Flynn on mix downloads

"nice mix,....i'm curious about the next!" - Prosoyaboy on Cd 1 Cinematic Downtempo Mix

"Awesome mix!!! Cheers, Marc!!" - S Kreama on Dj Narrative djing Shambala Kamikaze tent 2011

"Absolutely delighted as ever to hear one of your innovative and amazing mixes. big love bro this is f***ing wicked!!!!..i can't actually top this, it's going on again. and i thank a yoo! :)" - Freear (Ape/Slamboree) on Dj Narrative djing Shambala Kamikaze tent 2011

"Great Funky breakbeatz radio show on your cloud!" House Vibes on Slamboree radio show 3

"Yeah !! Great Beats !!! Great vibe!! Eyesful" on Slamboree radio show 3

"nice mix man!" - Maztek on Mr Elephant Radio Show 40

"Its a good show - Intelligent and dirty at same time - So u can listen to it when you are working and have a chair dance and a think about the tracks too!" Sonia Soto (Push Promotion / Botchit Breaks) on Mr Elephant Radio show

"Dj Narrative aka Marc Reck is a long term member of Birmingham’s independent music scene alongside being a festival regular, playing at the likes of Shambala, Landed, supporting forward thinking Funk legend Quantic and running DJ workshops. So, understandably Genius Collective were humbled and excited to open Marc’s great show with the as ever loved tribute to Amy Winehouse “Stronger Than Me”. Marc’s show’s offer an eclectic, positive and alternate view from the underground, whilst involving established artists. The mix in question features the likes of Burial, Si Begg, Lamb, Tipper and many more. You can check the show here:" Genius Collective on Mr Elephant Radio Show 39

"well done!" prosoyaboyon Shambala set recording in Kamikaze tent

"Great sounds never go a miss....Cheers." Andy Showman on Shambala set recording in Kamikaze tent

Good mix! gooooooooooood music < Proper mixing > In key > Long mixes > Taking u on a journey! Got to listen to more shows!" Sonia Soto (Push Promotion / Botchit Breaks) on Mr Elephant Radio show, Cd 2 Fear & Love & Dj Narrative mixes

Great show, didnt realise it was just the hour though! - Tony Blend on Mr Elephant Radio Show 38

Aural pleasure awaits #nowplaying @MarcReck "Mr Elephant Radio Show #38" - Lady Jane on Mr Elephant Radio Show 38

"Played it twice tonight. Good stuff!" on Mr Elephant Radio Show 37

"nice show mate cheers for the support !"- Twista Deejay Dean Willson on Mr Elephant Radio Show 37

"Nice show mate - your support is much apreciated!" - Jay Cunning on Mr Elephant Radio Show 37

"Wicked as ever Marc!" - Sonia Soto (Push Promotion / Botchit Breaks) on Mr Elephant Radio show 37

"Locked...phat sounds" on Mr Elephant Radio show 36

Listening to your show - Its soooooo good ;))))))) Thanks for playing and supporting xx - Sonia Soto (Push Promotion / Botchit Breaks) on Mr Elephant Radio show 36

"Wow! - sick filthy breaks n dubz mate.. :)" John Reilly on Mr Elephant Radio show 36

"Yes mate!  Listnin to your cinematic mix and it is soothin my tattered soul mate.  Never forget the gift you bring to the world. Peace bro :~)" - John Reilly on Cd 1 Cinematic Electronica Mix

"locked! this is wicked bro!! ;p" - Alphadrive Leeds on Dj Narrative Radio Show

"thanx they're great! - been dancing to them<3" - Prue Evans on 4 x CD Mix

"PENG! Sir Reckage of Birminghamshire" - riseup2012 on djing project x presents 1

"sweet mix mate" - Dj RCaine on Fear & Love Breaks Mix

"Lovin this set bro 😉 keep it up !"- Bull3tproof on Mr Elephant Radio Show 30

"love it"" - Daniel Williams (Onion Audio) on Mr Elephant Radio 35

"I am so getting that underhill album, dark and happy. Wonderful. You have talented ears young man! :D"- Naomi Heath

"Awesome show, keep it up :)" - Kenni from Denmark on Mr Elephant Radio

"Sick mixes man" - Opal Noize on Mixcloud

"Marc Reck, the musician's hero.....Proud of you..love and light. Kind words but more importantly honest words. Good luck your end..Looking forward to working with you at least on some level this year 🙂 xx - Elizabeth Fields on Mr Elephant Radio Show 33 & Downtempo Cinematic Mix C1

"Marc I'm really loving CD2! And your set from NYE - shame the whole set isn't available!!" - Clare Nowell on 4 x Cd Mix

"Working backwards through them ... and have to say mate, CD4 is kicking! 😀 \o/ Cheers!" - The Lab Visuals on 4 x Cd Mix

"what a superb body of work mate - congratulations" - Rich Batsford on on 4 x Cd Mix

"Awesome radio show man, really enjoying it ! lovely to hear some "New" sounds keep up the good work! oh BTW, IS this available for download anywhere??? - I like to take long drives :D" - Mr ozmo on Mr Elephant Radio Show#36

Stonking mix mate.. thanks 🙂 - John Reilly on Mr Elephant Radio Show#36

"new mix looks EPIC mate!!" Freear (Breaks producer) on Mr Elephant Radio Show#36

"Awesome show" - Anthony White (Electronica Producer) on Mr Elephant Radio Show#34

whats this track? Its ace! bloody nora have not found this one yet..." - Shelley Atkinson (Arts de Ville) on Mr Elephant Radio Show#34

"This is awesome too. I love the way you started with the illabye thats in my head wherever I go at the moment.This mixcloud seems to rise in intensity like waking from a sleep and its a wonderful mixcloud. Much respect talented one" - Naomi Heath - on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"just listening now. Innovative as ever!! We've just described one of the tracks as being like sex with an electronic whale"  Mike Freear on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"\o/ Class work sir! Class work :)" - The Lab Visuals (Electricity/Edirol resident Vj) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

im feeling your mixes and that, do u produce ne of ur own tunes ? Anton_Newbornz Belgrave (Hip Hop/Grime Producer) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33/31/30

"listening now Bud - really enjoying this one" - Rich Batsford (Pianist/Composer ) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"Check out Marc Reck's brilliant show, with loads of chilled tracks off Tipper's Surrounded album" - Alan Dolhasz (The Beat Suite) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"Wicked mate - loved it!" - Miles (Heducation) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"nice show! gotta lock out now.. an get back to work, thank u for the break.. some fresh inspiration! :-)" Subzee-D (Dubstep Producer) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"Whoah! @MarcReck's new show is a blinder, listen now" - Chris (Brumcast) - on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"Listening to it now dude!  You gotta a great radio voice- keep up the great work!" - Oli Grassi (Jibbering) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"liking the tunes mate" - Jack Brabant (Llewellyan Bailey) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"listening now..nice!" - Vespian Smith on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"Great show. Lovely tunes. First hour and a half chilled Georgia out ready for bed time." Emily Gulfan on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"Listening in. lovely sounds. " - Anthony White (Kelsang) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

love the way you chuck it all in so smoothly - Paul Perret (Filthy Basstarts) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

Lovely way to wind down after a dull monday in work - " Kirsten Harvey on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"I AM F*CKING THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahem.. sorry tipper does something to me"- Mike Freear (Alphadrive) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

"liking it very mucho!" - Carlos (Shake, Rattle & Roll) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #33

Great mix Marc. Really needed it, really perked me up. Thanx Bud :~) - John Reilly on Mr Elephant Radio Show #32

"i love that you take the time to write out the track list for your radio show :-)" - Kirsten Harvey on Mr Elephant Radio Show #32

"i really like it, i'm going to clean my room to itcan't sit down!" - Stephen Moult (The Silverbacks) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #32

"loved it. thanks buddy!" - El Carlos on Mr Elephant Radio Show #32

"second that, Rich" - Robin Valk (Radio to Go) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #32

"Completely agree with Rich \o/ :)" -  Tony Coleman (The Lab Visuals) on Mr Elephant Radio Show #32

"yeah I think your presenting is sounding way more natural and assured than it did when you first started mate, good work" - Rich Batsford on Mr Elephant Radio #32

"It's great! Listening to it now.. Brilliant radio voice." - Emily Gulfan on Mr Elephant Radio #32

"enjoying your swinging tunes and quality presenting skills right now bro" - Rich Batsford on Mr Elephant Radio #32

"yeah man nice show, respect" - Richard Doctor Shawcross (Brotherhood of Filth) on Mr Elephant Radio #32

"big ups mate :)" - Karl Malicious Dj (Brotherhood of Filth) on Mr Elephant Radio #32

"this reminds me of my swing dancin and jivin at this year's shambala...in the social...DJ there next year (you prob already did) .i LOVE IT."  - Shelley Atkinson (Sunday City Musicbox) on Mr Elephant Radio #32

"marc this is effin ace! big up! dancin ass off" - Shelley Atkinson (Sunday City Musicbox) on Mr Elephant Radio #32

"caught ya show dude, liked it" - Paul Perret (Filthy Basstarts) on Mr Elephant Radio #32

Bro loving your mix! Your track's absolutely killing each time here at Plasa. Call you in a bit, but guy who demos the music side of Roland wants to take your track on tour to demo their music tech gear! - The Lab visuals on using Drop Beats/Get the party started track for the Edirol vJ Stand at Plasa 2010

"it's the best thing i've heard on radio in a long time, and is like listening to a masterfully crafted concept album every time a new one comes out! I will be spreading the word, just please keep on keepin on!!!! 🙂 big tings bredrin xxx - Mike Freear on Mr Elephant Radio

yes yes bruv show woz sick mate, keep em coming - Rez Zero One on Mr Elephant Radio #31

- "yes yes mate! Glad to hear you throwin Point B tunes about on the show, keep pushin  the freshness :)"  - Vespasian Smith on Mr Elephant Radio #31

Mix was massive! - Benzino Anderson - on Mr Elephant Radio #31

Crackin show Marc. Point B album for starters! followed by a stonkin' Dubstep mix.. on fire mate! Wikkid show.. props n peas :~) - John Reilly on Mr Elephant Radio #31

"One is liking it!  hug. :)" - El Carlos - on Mr Elephant Radio #31

"Brilliant mate! Thanks so much for the upload 😉 and what a SELECTION!! U da man"  - Mike Freear on requested new tracks mix for burning man festival

"Marc Reck is the shit" - Ruby Mason!

"Thank you for the gift of lots of nice music. It makes me very happy and I am sure I am speaking for many. " - Naomi Heath on Mr Elephant Radio mixes

"New Elephant mix = BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT" - Mike Freear on Mr elephant radio #30

"Checked out the setlist will give it a listen looks wicked!" - Jack Brabant on on Mr elephant radio #30

"cheers for the D/L marc. great show bro!" - John Reilly on Mr Elephant Radio #29

"Top set." - Marc Lewis on Mr Elephant radio #29

What can I say except some seriously nice liquid drum and bass there Mr Reck! The Lab Visuals on Mr Elephant radio #29

Thanks for droppin my Prodigy remix bro! This is a MONSTER of a mix. Massive credits to ya 🙂
massiiiiiieeve - Freear (Alphadrive) on Mr Elephant radio #29

"Downloading as we tweet. Always a pleasure to hear an elephant mix :)" Kelsang on Mr Elephant radio #28 -

"Marc does the Mr Elephant Radio Show every Monday evening 6-8pm on Rhubarb Radio. Check it out, its normally a massively eclectic mix of all sort of music from Ska to all forms of dance through to acoustic and world music" - Neil Cocklin (Composite One)

"thanks mate, i gotta agree with john i dropped ur last mix at a party last night here in xalapa mexico and it set the atmosphere perfectleee :)" - Mike Freear on Mr Elephant radio #28

"The John Peel of Brum :~))" - John Reilly on Mr Elephant Radio

Stunning mix mate - The Lab Visuals on Mr Elephant radio #28

Listening to @MarcReck's ace show from last nite" - Phil Coyne (Midweep/Rhubarb Radio) on Mr Elephant Radio #28 - May 2010

"on a brighter note @MarcReck is delivering a quality show on @rhubarbradio - Kipp Jones (The Beat Suite / Trigger) on Mr Elephant Radio #27 - May 2010

listening to your cds all the time in the car... once we will have warming party / small festival you have to play there - Denisa Barry (Slovakia) - April 2010

"Just listening to last week's show Marc- very lovely and chilled so far, it's making work a breeze!" - Tessa Burwood (Sunday Treasure Nest) on Mr Elephant Radio Show - Feb 2010

yes yes my wonderful brother..dont ever forget what you have and are doing for our community and all. Much Love bruv..this is the bizz hey hey! x - John Reilly 2010

":D excellent show mate!!" - Tony Coleman (The Lab Visuals) on Mr Elephant Radio - Nov 2009

"I need some monkey swing!!!!!!" - Marcus Crockett - on Mr Elephant Radio - Nov 2009

"I'm dancing to your show 🙂 get well soon x" - Sally Hossack (Free Control) - on Mr Elephant Radio - Nov 2009

Hope listen again is working this week. Would like to push this show to a couple of ppl. Getting more and more pro with the jingles and stuff" - Philip Prior (Radio) - on Mr Elephant Radio - Oct 2009

"did enjoy the music muchly 🙂 thanks again for playing our tunes" - Sally Hossack (Free Control) - on Mr Elephant Radio - Oct 2009

"Loving your work brother ;)" Mark Smallman on Mr Elephant Radio - Sep 2009

"Great show Marc! "fade in to me" was a choice selection" - John Reilly on Mr Elephant Radio - July 2009

"sounds good" - Shelley Atkinson (Arts de Ville) on Mr Elephant Radio - July 2009

"It's ace, it's vibrating my house with the front room PA as we speak." Dave Moore on Mr Elephant Radio - July 2009

I can't believe I missed this post! Talk about nostalgia! Just listening to the mix after a fair amount of passed time and it's giving me goosebumps as to how nervous I was playing out to it in Frankfurt! Class week!!! \o/ Tony Coleman on mix for this German tour - June 2009

"Ez Marc. I'm enjoying a few of your mixes while I work. Nice work!" - Simon Riley - June 2009

Absolutely amazing dude! This mix is not only a perfect example of what a slammin night out should sound like, but also the constant natural progression of your work and talent. Once again you have not failed to blow me away with a fine selection of sounds whilst beating the crap out of my ear drums. Im sure everyone will agree…Top work Mr Reck…. Top work indeed… - Aart Tanner (Graphic Artist/Tvs Media/Mr Elephant) On “Journey to the edge of somewhere” mix)

Just listened to the Journey_To_The_Edge_Of_Somewhere - Mix and what a wicked mix! Still haven’t managed to see you dj and listen to your selection live but will as soon as I can. - Steve Gwynne (Postive News)

Just dloading now! …no doubt it will be a stomper! Liam D’Dauthreau (Blendstate Visuals)

Love the cd. Playing it at Blue Ginger a lot! That Nitin Sawhney Tracks is one of those that pierces straight through you and stops you in your tracks (not good when bringing food out!)  - Claire Selina Thompson (Blue Ginger) on Mr Elephant’s Journey Round the World mix

long life to Mabulu! Such a beautiful track...-  Noserider on Mr Elephant’s Journey Round the World mix

"this is nice it has a great groove to it" - S Anthony on Mr Elephant’s Journey Round the World mix

"Fuckin Awesome Mix Man!! Thanks for posting this! - Breaks Fiend on Fear & Love Mix 2006

“It really is a piece of work Marc.. a journey of contrasting styles and musical vigour that’s perfectly mixed, brilliantly chosen and superbly thought out. The ppl I did play it to, once I got home, agreed – they’ve been privvy so far to a completely different ‘Marc Reck’ and this, as it did me, hit them by storm. But, what a journey, all tied in at the end by that amazing Sigur Ross track which brings the whole ‘music’ experience to a huge close and leaves you somewhat in awe. I listened to it with Jack as we drove thru all weathers down the M54. It isn’t that it “just” makes good driving music, even though the double edge thing was that while physically travelling on one journey I was listening simultaneously to another journey. Jack leant forward at one point and turned up the bass and said “God yes, this is it this is” (to get a reaction out of him is pretty amazing and thats the first time I’ve seen him actually moved by what he was hearing). After that, I must’ve listened to it another 5 times during the course of the weekend.. in all sorts of different states. Its pretty much had the same affect on everyone.. so it can’t be just me reading things into it. Everytime I finished listening to it, someone came into the house asking to play it again. Even Valentino Canziani has never been played in my living room that much and consecutively too. Surly that speaks volumes about its quality. …Your best work yet mate ;)” - Sarah Wilkinson (Graphic Designer/Positive News) on Fear & Love Mix 2006

Gig Feedback

"your set was spot on! Thanks so much for playing for us and helping to make the night the awesome time it was!. Amazing marathon set marc! X" Lara J on Djing at Out To Grass

"Anyone who thinks Djs just play records check out the skills of this - the very talented and hardworking Dj Narrative" - Rich Batsford (Composer)

"Loved the set on sat night at the hare and hounds - best DJ set of the night" - Katy Connolly on playing hot club de swing

"your set was blinding bud, if and when we're looking for a DJ you'll be my first choice"  - Dj Rastey on Djing at Out To Grass

"Thats whats up man reallying diggin the DJ narratives you got goin! Keep up the good work brotha!!!" - Kicks n Licks

"Massive round of applause for you all......you were all ace and came up with the goods for an evening to be proud of! - Marc - Huge thanks for guesting with us again - always great to hear your work" - Paul Perret on Wagon & Horses Funktion 1 Gig 

"wish i'd caught more of your set bro..but those last few were killer and by then you'd shook the peeps up and got em all bouncin!" John Reilly on Wagon & Horses Funktion 1 Gig

Enjoyed your set mate - Ksmk Neil (Trigger) on Funktion 1 Gig

"Don't miss this maaaa faaaa! Nextmen smash it as standard. Plus the return of the legendary Munchbreak and the indomitable Marc Reck. Really looking forward to this one!" - Mylz Hedz on Jibbering's Nextmen gig

"Rounding off this jam packed line-up we have DJ Narrative (aka Marc Reck). Akin to Nextmen's Brad and Dom, Marc's sets are inventive, genre hopping adventures. One of the most skillful DJ'S with the most interesting sounds around - you won't stop dancing!" Jibbering on Jibbering's Nextmen gig

"Great set Marc, danced like a teenager 😉 x" Claire Cotterill on Nye gig at P.S.T

Props to all performers cracking job. Best set Marc Reck i reckon, then my boys from Homecookin smashing the gangster hip hop.- Rich (Dj Vytol) on Nye gig at P.S.T

"great set!" Dan Rafferty on Shambala set recording in Kamikaze tent

"stunning set mate, good to see you back out there"- Dave Checkley on Shambala set in Kamikaze tent

"Brilliant set mate - sterling job! x" Lara Jane Foster on Shambala set in Kamikaze tent

"You were amazing in Kamikaze tent! Where are you playing next? xx" Nazan Tkebas on Shambala set in Kamikaze tent

"nice vibes mate, excellent work" - Tom Dunstan (Automaton/The Boom Operators) on Shambala set in Kamikaze tent

"caught some of your set too...SKILLS!! lovely collab..eva and mikey smash it every time..some of my favourites on stage together..xxx" - Sevonah Golabi on Shambala set in Kamikaze tent

"like a journey through time of all my favourite artists from start to finish - rockin!" - Juliette Raynsford on Shambala set in Kamikaze tent

"Loved your set last night Marc, top tunes!! x" - Karen Kavanagh on Shambala set in Kamikaze tent

Thanks to Marc Reck for providing the original soundtrack to my Live Av set at Plaza

Marc, wicked set mate, thanks so much for being part of it :0))) - Halo (Osmosis) on Dymnas memorial part

"loved tonight with Thelab and Blendstate Vjing! and Marc Reck DJing! - all looked and sounded brilliant!" - Zoe Heslop on Corby Cube Skatepark 5 hour mix

"you laid down some heaviness that night mate. props" - John Reilly on Mr Elephant Party Rockin Mammals #13 

"Your set was amazing at the party man! Let me know about where and when your djing, people from round here would love your sets" - Joe Cheeseman (Plus Recordings)

"we had an awesome night! Both yourself and Rich played some top tunes! " Greg Shute (Free Control) - on Mr Elephant Live & Free #7

"Marc Reck (Mr Elephant/Project X Presents) and Mark Smallman (Custom Made) are two of the best DJs in Brum if you ask me (tho Im biased! - Rich Batsford - Press Release on his Album Launch

"The launch party will also feature live performances from ska band extraordinaire 360, sets from the award winning Night Times resident DJ Marc Reck plus feel-good beats and breaks from the Home Cookin’ collective." - Destroyers Press Release on their album launch

"Top tunes on Saturday Marc - cheers! xx" - Karen Kavanagh on Mr Elephant Live & Free #6
"I bet he has got bigger ears than an African elephant...he certainly plays great tunes!"  - Sarah Reynolds on djing at Mr Elephant

"Easy cheers for last night, well enjoyed it.. really nice vibes! peace" - John Reilly on Mr Elephant

"fantastic night mate. awesome tunes all night long..." - Paul Scott (360) on Djing Destroyers album Launch

"you were great too!!!!!!" - Kate Taylor on Djing Destroyers album Launch

"really enjoyed your set man peace" - Roy Roastbeef (Funkbox) on Mr Elephant Cinephonic #1

"thank you for supplying full on beautifuly good tunes my friend xx" - Carli Francis on Mr Elephant Party Rockin Mammals #6

"top dj"  Tony (Loop Promotions) on Mr Elephant Live & Free #4

"Top night at the Hare, Loved the big band dj stuff!!! 🙂 i was the wolly hatted buffoon now ive gone back to my day job as a local stream. Peace bro 🙂 - John Reilly on Mr ELephant 2nd Birthday

"The finalae from Marc Reck himself was a joy to VJ to. - TheLab Visuals on Djing Mr Elephant 3rd birthday

"Top night last night. Dog was cool too, win win. - John Mostyn on Mama Matrix gig"

Night Times Awards - Dec 2008

"The evening finished to much dancing inspired by Marc Reck on the decks. Nicky Getgood blogged about it here" CID music on Mr Elephant & Consider it Done Gigbeth Fringe Show

"The night was capped off by Marc Reck playing some up-beat reggae and ska and a little bit of last chance to dance funk.

I love playing gigs with Marc he’s an amazing DJ and a positive person I look forward to playing with again" - Smiley Mic on Mr Elephant & Consider it Done Gigbeth Fringe Show

" Props on an awesome set! x" - Carli Louise Francis on Celebrate Birminghams Underground 2

"ahhh marc your set was amazing that night, as per usual 🙂 *kisskiss*""   James Lawrence Slattery on Celebrate Birminghams Underground 2

Thanks for playing such wicked music! 🙂  - Ruby Mason on Party Rockin Mammal Sessions 2

"best local dj indeed. nice one mate! best start preparing that acceptance speech..." - Sam Redmore (Leftfoot/Freestyle) on Night Times Award

"Easy! had an awesome night last night, think me and jen well and truly had it on that dance floor. lol.. you and smokedog rocked it last night, fair play! - Sam Land

"As the 5 O’clock finish line got closer and closer, co-curator Marc Reck stepped up to the decks to provide a perfect concluding set, bringing the curtain to a close with the sublime lyrics “daylight come and we wanna go home” echoing around the venue. An idyllic outro, if not somewhat ironic, as it was clear that no one was yet ready to become bed bound. The rare pleasure of an encore at the end of the night is a true testament to the success of the celebration, and we will certainly be asking for more where that came from - Dominik Kai Brotherton (journalist)

"ur mixing is spot on, and i love the way u end ur sets!! - Amanjot Johal

Was a wicked night! Really enjoyed your set xxx. -  Laura Louise (Musician)

Marc Reck played an absolute blinding set, and as the evening drew to a close I realised just how much everyone involved gave 100%. -  Tony Coleman (The Lab) on Project X Presents Digital Distopia

“Thank you Music Of Distinction for organising the live music and DJ for my birthday party. People are still talking about it… for all the right reasons!” - B Murphy - on djing the botanical gardens - May 2008"

“The end of show party for Birminghan Opera Company is a very important gig. After weeks of work a bunch of people from an unbelievable variety of backgrounds want to let their hair down and parteeeeee! For the second year running Music of Distinction has provided us with the most magical mix of sounds that brings folk onto the dance floor and keeps the binding in place that keeps the 15 year olds dancing with the 70 year olds.” - (Jean Nicholson, General Manager of Birmingham Opera Company) on djing the Birmingham Opera Afterparty - 2009

Thanks for your fine set - John Mostyn (Music Promoter/Consider it Done) - On Djing 2nd Bham Opera Afterparty

cheers for taking photos on Sat mate….and for rocking the rainbow.. again! -Mark Smallman (Custom Made Promoter/Dj/MMM Events) - on djing Custom Made 5

We couldn’t of hoped for a better reaction from the crowd. Loving your work - Liam Blendstate (Visual Artist)

"just wanted to show my appreciation for your wicked set at the hounds on Saturday, wasnt sure if there would be enough room to do some moves, but i found it! They should of put you upstairs so i could of really gone for it!" - Paul Basra - on djing Mr Elephant at the Longest Day Festival

From : Yannis Yfestos (Fruitaloka)

“Hello, I really enjoyed the event on 25th April! There was a pleasant atmosphere with the masks and all the suprises. I liked contributing in the procession with my bells! It was great! on Mr Elephant 3

Well marc just thought I would e-mail and say what a great event! Had a great dance to your music, enjoyed the arty stuff and thought the feel to the night was really nice and friendly! - Tony Stephenson pxp 3 (Artist/Lecturer)

“thank you for great music!”on Rockfall 5 - Alina Ha (Photographer)

“you were really good as ever! Full respect to ya mate!”! Mark Smallman (Custom Made Promoter/Dj/MMM Events) - On Custom Made 3

“You set rocked once again, you never fail to fill that dancefloor! (On Custom Made 3) - Rob Nicholas (Photographer)

you sir have some fckn stuff ! Proper Job ! where can i get a mix of yours ? (On Custom Made 3) - Jon Kennedy (Grand Central Records)

“Completely blown away!! I’ve never seen djing with a live 4 piece string quartet before! I don’t know how we are going to describe this back in London, but be sure that we will be. 🙂 A truly inspiring night.  - Clare (London artist) - on Project X 2

That was so fuckin amazing mate! Can’t believe you pulled that off without a monitor for half the set! Unbelievable - Aart Tanner (TVS Media) - on Project X 2

“My Friends from Uni said to tell you they thought your set was awesome..and so did i! Elin Morga (Birmingham Artist) - on Project x 2)

“Well done for last night. Great set!” - Mark Smallman (Custom Made Promotor) - on djing the reopening of the Que Club at Drop Beats Not Bombs

“You did a great job. Like a feather, a structure so complex, yet light as it effortlessly floats. - Ali Mack (Holistic Therapist) - on djing the reopening of the Que Club at Drop Beats Not Bombs)

“You played a blinder last night mate. All agreed you slayed the place. Just listening to your “Mr Elephant Mixtape for friends” coming down…Lovely ;)” - Dodgy Greg (Subvert Promoter/Resident)on djing Boogie’s 40th/Stupid Underground)

Review Of Custom Made

“I had an absolute Riot, great night out. Met many nice people, Derek and boogie were good, but Marc Reck’s set was something else..truly talented guy” - Ric Woodall (Night Times editor + Breakthru promoter) - on djing Custom Made 2)

“Marc!! What an amazing set!! You got the entire room dancing and hanging off the rafters! Never seen so much energy in one room for a long time…..on a Sunday too!!.. Marc Reck ROCKS 🙂 ” - Mark and Shona (Custom Made) - on djing Custom Made 2

“thank you so much for last night! my favourite dancefloor moment has to be dancing (and singing, if my memory serves) with pyn to that song from chicago. and the muppets of course, they were good too. hope i haven’t just destroyed your rep as a hardcore breaks dj 😉 - Becca Thomas (Birmingham Dance Collective) - on djing Custom Made 2

Absolutely awsome!! Derek was unstoppable, but Marc's set blew me away! - Rob Nicholas (Photographer) - on Custom Made 2

Thank you Mr Elephant for stomping all over Funkatronic. Make no mistake you alone made the crowd react the way they did, with music selection, mixing and lets not forget flashing that charasmatic trunk of yours. Funkatronic was most impressed by the whole package that is Marc Reck and would hope that future tings can gwarn!! cos you’ve definately got the Funkatronic flava. Mr Elephant what can i say? keep doin what it is that you do cos its always class. One Love - Dani C (Funkatronic Promoter & Resident)

"we rocked a fat one!" - Vj Chromatouch on our Drop Beats set

Hey Marc wicked show @ Drop Beats! Spitting feathers untill 1st of June @ FUNKATRONIC - One Love - Dani C (Funkatronic Promoter & Resident)

Hi Marc, loved your set at Peace not War…. shame I lost the dancers due to time!!!… but enjoyed the whole thing anyways! My mates and I were the last one’s dancing in the place!! Peace and love x - Lisa Wetton (Physically Speaking Dance)

"Make sure you also check out Marc Reck's set - this local hero will be doing his thing integrating music, visuals and dance as he works in collaboration with Chromatouch and The Pink Wigs to create an original clubbing experience. www.marcreck.com" - Press Release for Peace not war room at Drop Beats

it was a really good nite, the samba band was great and the final hour with you and lopan on the decks was superb - Toby (Sexual Allstars)

What a fucking crazy mashup! Marc, that was totally badass! Everyone played killer sets and you could really hear the difference in style, then that last hour was fucking CHAOS! Thanks again 🙂 - Captain Smithers (Crash Repeat)

What a night… really enjoyed playin with you dude, hope we can do similar stuff in the future. peace Mooncup (Percussionist) Mr Elephant 1

Marc FUCKIN ROCKS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! - J Break - (Cyberian Nights/After Dark/Florida)

Marc is a legend, his DJ skills are as good - if not better - than most of the ‘famous’ overpriced DJs i have worked with - Tom Dunstan aka Automaton /Dj Deft, (Earko Promotor, Breaks Dj/Producer.

“Marc is a fine, enthusiastic, personable and dedicated promoter and DJ. As one of the co-founders of Project X Presents, his contribution has been invaluable both in terms of his own work as promoter and DJ, and the high quality of the other people whom he as introduced to the group” Rich Batsford, (Musical Director of Project X Presents)

“Sat night was wicked, well done. Really enjoyed your set - the belly dancer was a fantastic touch!” Nicky Getgood on Project X Presents

“You totally rocked saturday! What a star!!! ” - Dawn O Brien (Khalangi Belly Dance) on Project X Presents

“Marc, your set was incredible on Sat, a fitting end to the evening. Was amazing working with you and been great to get to know you” - Chris Skerrit (Production Manager/Unterwelt Director) on Project X Presents

“Like Fxck - a blinding set! - just wanted to say what a joy it was working with you! - Unterwelt (International Performance Artists) on Project X Presents

Loved performing to your ‘Exodus’ track, it got better and better everytime we heard it!! - Unterwelt (International Performance Artists) on Project X Presents

Look forward to collaborating on future Project X events and let us know if you need some crazy performers for future Rockfall nights etc” - Unterwelt (International Performance Artists) on Project X Presents

“I was looking at your website yesterday and listening to your mixes at work. I love your stuff!! My boyfriend and his mate were so excited by your set, and Paul is a bit of a music nazi. They just kept shouting “TUNE” every song. I suspect he fancies you a little bit!! Anyway I was looking at when you are next playing and I’ve forgotten but if you let me know I’ll come and see you. I think you’re ace and it was wicked meeting you and performing!" - Kelly Higgs - Unterwelt on Project X Presents

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful night, chick. I loved your set - especially the first track. I want it! Give it! Nowwwwwwwwwww!!” - Tracy Russon on Project X Presents

“Nice one bro! Good work to you too.. what an amazing night!! - great tune that marley mix bro!! - Jon Smokedog (Sound Engineer/Producer) on Project X Presents

“Project x just wouldnt have been the same without ur rockin’ beats, all that hard work certainly does pay off!” - Mizz Mclure (Frontwoman in Koala Grip) on Project X Presents

“lovin your work, heres to the next one” - Justin (Drummer/Sound Engineer of Project X) on Project X Presents

“totally love you to bits. you are a hippy a homeboy AND a funky dread!” - Leon Chromactouch (Vj) on Project X Presents

“there’s no one better for the job of bringing the show to a climax with energy, thought and good vibes.” - Rich Batsford, (Musical Director) on Project X Presents

“much enjoyed your radio show today - Lyndall was fancing around the flat to “the tune”! And thanks again for ending the Project X gig the best way possible” - Rich Batsford, (Musical Director)

“You’re a sweet and lovely man, Marc, and it’s always a pleasure to see you - both in ‘real life’ and on the worldwidecybernet” - Jules Gray (Singer/Songwriter)

“One of the things you notice about Marc is his infectious joy in playing great tunes. Bouncing around behind the decks, completely at home and willing the crowd on, he is so obviously loving being there that you can’t help but love it too. Always inclusive with an open, warm, cheeky and genuine smile, you instantly know his love for the music and want to join him celebrating life, dancing and quality breaks” - Richard Batsford (Metro)

“Marc Reck, a prominent breaks DJ and promoter has been confirmed to appear as part of performance event “Like Fxck”. Marc is no stranger to overwhelming reactions from the dance floor through a substantial history of appearances and collaborations at Birmingham clubs including Inter-course, Drop Beats Not Bombs and his current residency at Rockfall. His enthusiasm for embracing the latest technology whilst collaborating with live musicians will make his contribution to Like Fxck a fitting celebratory end to an evening that has been conceived as a new approach to the live entertainment format” - Rob Horrocks - PXP Press Release

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Music Productions

I've had a few releases on labels like Beta Birmingham, and the roots project (with one coming out early 2017), and created a couple of free ep's, an album of remixes, and created a number of soundtracks for small community arts films. Also created remix sets for loop lounge and a new scenes format using Traktor stems.

I play the handpan (learnt with a panstream and now play a halo), and i practice some spanish guitar and piano, djembe and bongo alongside my scratching and finger drumming, and electronic production setup.

From 2017 i'm working on a totally different sound and style which is inspired by artists like Djrum, Pedestrian, and the deeper sound of Tipper, Amon Tobin and Jon Hopkins. Many others, but i'm aiming for something that sits between the more cinematic, and the broken beat, with elements of house, bass music, future garage, techno. Who knows where it shall lead, but my production and floating home studio setup is geared towards a nice flat response, so im giving music the time it deserves from 1st March 2017

Currently im working on a downtempo remix for a Australian based pianist Rich Batsford, and dancefloor techno track for Birmingham Techno label XE:Techno. So still keeping the two genres of Coming Home and Going Out. Also me and a visual collaborator are putting in a funding application to develop an audio visual show, framework for collaboration. Got some support from some long time inspirations, and we have a really strong application, but state of funding and the fact its our first we shall see.

All the new stuff will sound really different i'm anticipating, but here are a few examples of some of earlier tracks, plus a video Keith Sharman made, and the forthcoming release on The Roots Project

Forthcoming On The Roots Project in 2017


 

The Roots project invited me to create a track for their debut compilation which is out next month, aiming to raise money for permaculture projects in indigenous communities. The first release focuses on the Bwiti tradition which is a spiritual discipline of the forest-dwelling Babongo and Mitsogo peoples of Gabon. 

My track is based around one of those recordings of the tribe (african guitar and vocal line) and a mix of electronic productions, field recordings and playing hand drums like african djembe and spanish bongo with african kalimba with a narrative idea from watching an inspiring documentary about Gabon. 

The documentary about Gabon is from one of the producers of 1 giant leap (who i think might be also on the album) > vimeo.com/98326702 < and there is more about the roots project on their facebook page -  www.facebook.com/therootsprojectpage/ 

My stuff is on  www.djnarrative.com and the album will be out via their page. 

Roots Project Records 

Roots Project Records (RPR) is a branch of The Roots Project, We serve as bridge, connecting the music from indigenous, ancestral, healing traditions to the wider world through remix projects. We work directly with indigenous peoples and ethical organisations who benefit the wider community and help to protect and regenerate land. Our selection of contributing artists produce complimentary, organic, deep and dubby remixes of sacred ceremonial, healing songs and we help to manage marketing and sales. 

We ensure that the equity from each remix project are distributed to: 
the original artists and their families. 
the organisation who is working with the wider community and land/social protection/regeneration projects. 
contributing artist 
Roots Project Records 

***The Roots Project and RPR is a transparent, non-profit, direct trade organisation. All of the incomings and outgoings are open source and will be available on our website  www.therootsproject.com for feedback and improvement. The equity split percentage and artist and project info will be included with each release.*** 

For our first project, we have the honour to work with the B’witi tradition in Gabon. For many thousands of years the Pygmy have utilised a sacred wood called Iboga as part of their healing and initiation ceremonies within their communities in Central Western Africa. The ceremonies last for days, and are traditionally divided into two sections, ‘death' and ‘rebirth'. Throughout the deaths of various identities, the participants confront their shadows whilst the piercing, glitchy sounds of a large mouth harp called the Mogongo is played. As the patient's transition to the Rebirth, heaven opens up to the hypnotic harp of the Pygmy called the Ngombi. 

The Organisation in Gabon we’re working with is called Blessings of the Forest  wwww.blessingsoftheforest.org which has been set up to preserve, research and share knowledge about the medicinal plants and indigenous traditions of the Gabonese forest people for the benefit of all of humanity.

Acid Gloop Portals - Made from Stems Scenes Collection (2016)

 

A Track from a 6 track ep with each track made using only Traktor S8 & D2 parts from my first Loop Lounge STEMS SCENE SERIES Collection - House, Breaks, and Bass Music Progressions. 

In the collection, I created and produced 128 Drum, Bass, Lead & Harmony STEMS SCENE parts. A new format and approach to using Native Instruments Stems format, and and wanted to see if i could make an arrangement of each Scene into a full track using the Traktor S8 & 2 D2’s, & a bit of post production and diy mastering in Ableton.

The Stems Scenes collection is available from Loop Lounge and available in 3 different versions (including one free) alongside a video routine, and tutorial, previews and other artist collections - www.thisislooplounge.com/collections/stems/products/house-breaks-bass-music-progression

1st Album of Early Narrative Remix Attempts (2012)

 

My first attempts at producing electronic music cobbled together into an album of remixes from back in 2012.
Probably do want to write a bit more here.

1st Ep of Early Narrative Remix Attempts (2014)

 

4 tracks that i originally intended as practice for my Reckorder project but which i've ended up finishing in June 2014 to create parts, loops and samples for a new remix set project i've been invited onto from loop lounge. 

The ozomatli remix was released on December 20th 2013 as part of a 12 track EP of remixes and bootlegs from an array of Brum beatsmiths called Champagne Socialism, which is available for free at @beta-birmingham & @beta-test-records. And the rest i've spend a couple of weeks producing inspired by the invitation from loop lounge, all of which makes up my first collection which will be available from Loop Lounge from October 2014.

They've turned out ok considering they were intended as practice tracks and thought id upload them for some backstory as i work on the new sound

Handpan Player & Storytelling

So one of the main instruments im learning is the handpan. We learnt on a panstream, and at the start of 2017 had the opportunity for a new 3rd gen Halo. 

I work with an exceptional storyteller Pyn Stockman on many projects on the community arts side, all of it creating and inspiring narrative using various digitial and community artforms, but our first gig is on March 27th at the Stagey Fox.

I plan to incorporate the handpan into my own electronic productions, but also hope to record jams and post them up for other producers to download. Not sure how best to do this (e.g format, to a click track, etc) but this section will house both. Plus the practice videos i'm looking to record once the site is rebuilt.

Until then, here are 2 performances that have inspired me on both the handpan playing and the electronic music collaboration side. The brilliant Adrian Portia playing his Asachan, and a beautiful track from Shpongle with talented Manu Delago playing his Hang.

Dj Tools & Routines

I produce collections for Loop Lounge, to provide royalty free Sample Library and Traktor remix set and Stems collections. 

In 2015 i created our first collection which was a set of 4 remix sets and recorded our 1st routine with it, working with no fuss productions. 

Later that year we recorded our 2nd video routine using other artists remix sets on the label, which got the attention of Native Instruments, who asked us to record a 3rd video using their new format stems. which i had already been working on. 

And at the start of 2016 we launched a new format i'd been developing, which was named STEMS - Scene Series, and created a couple of tutorials and a routine for the label. 

I created the samples / parts for the 1st and 3rd videos and for the 2nd all samples were created by the loop lounge producers Emile, Simon Owen.

For the videos i edited the 1st & 2nd, and No Fuss Productions, edited the 3rd, and did all the filming and final colourising for all 3.

You can view the routine videos and Stems Scenes Series overview video on the right and check out the links below to check out any of the packs. 

Here are the Dj tools available from Loop Lounge

Here are the Stems available from Loop Lounge

Here are the Sample libaries available from Loop Lounge

And here is a blog post detailing more info on our Stems - Scene Series

 Some feedback so far about the collections and routines

"Incredible routine demonstrating the power of #stems by @DjNarrative for @LoopLoungeLtd" - Native Instruments (Traktor) on Video Routine 3

"Awesome Dj Narrative, Awesome!" Alfredo Wilson on Video Routine 3

 "Soo dope" - Deon Davis on Video Routine 3

"Ably showing what can be done with a little creative flair just using samples alone, closing the gap between live production and DJing." - Mick Wilson (DJ Mag)  on Video Routine 2

"Very Nice!!" Ellaskins (Dj Tutor) on Video Routine 3

"Great Video!" David Clarke (Point Blank) on Video Routine 3

“New Loop Lounge video featuring a new concept for TRAKTOR Stems performed Marc Dj-Narrative Reck” - Simon Owen (Xe-techno) on Video Routine 3

"Great to see my friend Marc Dj Narrative Reck pioneering some next level DJ/live music production tech" - Rich Batsford on Loop Lounge Collection 2

"Marc is highly creative individual whose passion shows in his work. He has a great work ethic and on every occasion has risen to the challenge I have send his way. loop Lounge is proud to have Marc as our producer." - Guillaume Rousere on Loop Lounge Work

"I am really exciting by your idea of Scene Series and the concept goes with it. The creativity with ease it just brilliant. I also  think it could be a really nice tool to use in educational workshop. Congrats on the collection. You have been working really hard and delivered a unique product; It is really exciting. and it is freaking great video. You have nailed it!" - Guillaume Rousere (Loop Lounge Manager) on debut Stems Scenes Series Collection & Video

"Just featured on the TRAKTOR Fb page! Brilliant routine from Marc Dj-Narrative Reck" - Simon Owen (Xenophorm Studios) on loop lounge video routine 2

"Congrats on the excellent video. You guys managed to impress the whole TRAKTOR marketing team." - Native Instruments on Loop Lounge Video Routine 2

 "New promo video from Guillaume's company featuring the ingenious Marc Dj-Narrative Reck. Check it out! Clara Chien Hui Lim" - on Loop Lounge Video Routine 2

"Super proud by Marc Dj-Narrative Reck & Liam d'Authreau who created my label new video Loop Lounge!! Released today" - Guillaume Rousere on Loop Lounge Video Routine 2

"@LoopLoungeLtd challenged @MarcReck to a 3 min routine using only 5 Remix Sets on the TRAKTOR S8. #futureofdjing" from Traktor on Loop Lounge Video Routine 2

"Dj Narrative pushes the boundaries of Traktor Pro using the Reckorder Project Dj Tools Collection in a visionary and creative video routine!" - Electronic Musician on Loop Lounge Video Routine 1

"The BPM team are currently watching this on loop! (no pun intended!) - Dj Narrative performs an awesome routine on Traktor using Loop Lounge Dj Tool - Reckorder Project Breaks Beats & Bass" - BPM on Loop Lounge Video Routine 1

"Marc you are a really talented producer!" - Guillaume Rousere (Loop Lounge Manager) on Collection 2

"Pretty Complex Traktor Remix Decks routine from Dj Narrative. Its a good watch if you've been scratching your head about what the Remix Decks are all about, especially as theres a video talking you through how he did it, so you can see an example of whats possible with the Remix Decks." - Digital Dj Tips on Loop Lounge Video Routine 1

"Check our this loop based DJ Narrative performance powered by Traktor Scratch's remix decks and see behind the scenes in the detailed walkthrough video" - Native Instruments on Loop Lounge Video Routine 1

"Anyone who thinks Djs just play records check out the skills of this - the very talented and hardworking Dj Narrative" - Rich Batsford on Loop Lounge Video Routine 1

"Nice new video from Loop Lounge featuring Dj Narrative showcasing his Reckorder Project" - Wild Ilk Design on Loop Lounge Video Routine 1

"Nice Video from Dj Narrative and Loop Lounge" - Harry J on Loop Lounge Video Routine 1

Dj Narrative and No Fuss Production, one word: PERFECT! - Loop Lounge on Loop Lounge Video Routine 1

"Again congrat on video this really much more that i could have hope for!!" - Guillaume Rousere on Loop Lounge Video Routine 1

Narrative Blog Posts

Here (will) be the blog posts related to Narrative & Digital Storytelling within Djing and Electronic Music.

They will also house my musings on various related things to do with djing, music

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Testing the cta

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Coming Home Vol #11 – Completion Downtempo Mix

Inspired by finding the project x sample earlier (see soundcloud.com/djnarrative) and as ive been ill for a week i thought id record this week's downtempo mixtape around the theme of the words howard speaks for Rich Batsford's completion track and here it is. Contains the specially recorded...
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The Road to Narrative

Dj Narrative is my interpretation of combining ye olde art of putting together a meaningful mixtape cassette, coupled with new fandangled technological approaches to djing, with everything in between. Putting together a really good mixtape is something i have a lot of interest in (and respect for)...
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Coming Home Vol #10 – Sun Will Rise Downtempo Mix

The first Mixaday from 2013 was all on a downtempo tip exploring many of my favourite artists and with a very loose narrative thanks to the vocal content in the context of the new downtempo collection. Awesome music from loads of great downtempo artists of different genres, and i really hope you...
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Tutorial Blog Posts

Tutorials posted to my Reckorder website that helped me in producing electronic music

New tutorials i'll be recording in 2017 sharing the techniques ive found useful on creating or performing narrative mixtapes.

From Studio to Stage with Ill Gates & Peter Nyboer

Free hour long workshop video up on the Ill Gates website, filmed at last years Music Tech Summit in Sanfransisco, where Dylan (Ill Gates) and Peter (Livid Instruments) share their methods of bringing live performance from the studio to the stage. The audio isnt great and the first 15 mins is a...
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Subtractive vs Additive EQ from The Sound Coach

Great tutorial post from Resound written by Kevin from Sound Coach on the topic of using Subtractive or Additive Equing - http://www.resoundsound.com/how-to-eq/   Membership Login Username or Email: Password: signup now | forgot password? Remember...
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7 tutorials from music software training

Here be 7 useful tutorials from the music software training website >

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Vibe Squad with Warp Academy

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Photography

I like taking and processing photographs. I have a dslr with a decent lense now, but most are just quick shots from the phone (galaxy S5).

Posted a few on facebook and some people left some nice comments so learnt a bit of post production for some of the more interesting ones. 

Thought they might be more interesting with some quotes on them,  and trying not to take too long with them, though have only done 9 at the time of writing. 

I have used some in recent community arts films, and want to use them in Narrative visual mixes, but other than that i'm thinking they might just be nice to have a flick through when listening to a mix. 

Uploaded the microphone one to a getty images and its been bought 8 times in last few months, so thinking it might be possible to sell them as prints or collections of images in some format, and they might make nice gifts if presented well. 

For now i was thinking of putting them together in a collection for subscribers to download. Quotes and asthetics make nice screensavers. Any interest or feedback as to ideas of how to use the ever growing library of scenic based imagery is always welcome 🙂

Community Arts Film & Soundtracks

Since around 2008 i've been commissioned to create various soundtracks, films and audio and video production for a range of community arts projects. Organisations that work with CBSO, Hippodrome, like Secret City Arts, Moving Hands Theatre & Dramask. 

Here is a list of the projects from 2008 to present and to the right are some examples of the projects

 

September 2016 - 2 x films and soundtracks for Warwickshire Heritage Stories
May 2016 - 4 x films and soundtrack for Secret City Arts & Action for Bullying Erdington High Street Stories Project
Jan 2016 - Audio Soundtrack for Womens Group Dance Piece
August 2015 - Audio Soundtrack & Visuals for Secret City Arts Story Owls Project
July 2015 - Audio Soundtrack & Videos for 4 x Films for Secret City Art Handsworth to Flanders Fields Project - http://www.marcreck.com/secret-city-arts-handsworth-to-flanders-fields-films-soundtrack/
June 2015 - Audio Soundtrack & Visuals for Secret City Parliament of Owls
May 2015 - Release on Beta Birmingham’s Rags to Glitches Compilation
Feb 2015 - Audio Editing and soundtrack for Moving Hands touring performances
Jan 2015 - Dramask - Anansi Audio & Soundtrack
May 2014 - Audio Soundtrack & Visuals for 15 films for Secret City Arts Dewey Decimal Project
March 2014 - Dramask Heritage Dvds - Audio Editing & Soundtrack
March 2014 - Sampad Arts Champions - Audio Editing & Soundtrack
Jan 2014 - Dewey Decimal Editing Work
Dec 2013 - Dramask Audio Editing Work
Oct 2013 - Dramask Audio Editing and Soundtrack
May 2013 - Secret City Arts On the Ground Project
March 2013 - Dramask Audio Editing & Animation
April 2013 - Dramask - Soundtrack Audio editing
Jan 2013 - Dramask Space Storm Special Needs Project - Audio Editing, Soundtrack & Visual Animation @ Rookery Asd Resource Base
Dec 2012 - Secret City Arts Roots & Seeds Project - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Tame Valley Primary School
May 2012 - Secret City Arts - History of our Markets Project - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Birmingham Back to Back Community Centre
May 2012 - Dramask Hare & The Tortoise - Audio Editing, Soundtrack & Visual Animation @ Rookery ASD Resource Base
April 2012 - Dramask Lisa & The Chewing Gum - Audio Editing, Soundtrack & Visual Animation @ Dramask Primary School
Jan 2012 - Dramask Local Heroes Project - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Pagenel School
July 2011 - Shakespeare Goes Forth End of Year Production - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Rookery School
July 2011 - Secret City Arts Walls & Water Project - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Bham City Council Brindley Place Canals
June 2011 - Dramask Celebrating Sanctuary - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Celebrating Sanctuary Festival
May 2011 - Dramask Buster Saves Day Special Needs Storytelling - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Brooke School
July 2010 - Dramask Macbeth Murder Mystery End of Year Production - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Rookery School
May 2010 - Dramask & Beatlemania Project - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Parkgate Primary School
Feb 2010 - Dramask Jazz Project - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Hagley Catholic School & Our Lady of St Kennelm
Feb 2010 - Dramask Foundation Dramatic Storytelling - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Warwick Arts Centre
Jan 2010 - Dramask Continuing Adventures of Penguin Small - Audio Editing & Soundtrack @ Little Heath Primary School
Aug 2009 - Dramask WW2 Homefront Project - Audio Editing, Soundtrack & Reminiscence Accounts @ Rookery School
July 2008 - Rookery End of Year Musical – Soundtrack for Diary Extracts @ Rookery School
Jun 2008 - Robin Hood Drama Clubs – Audio Extracts @ Robin Hood School
May 2008 - Rookery After School Drama Club – Audio Extracts @ Rookery School
July 2008 - New Vibes 2008 - Music commission for Lucy Nicholl’s & Blendstate’s Dance on Film Piece entitiled “Finished With the War”
April 2008 - Black Country Festivals and Events - Music commission for a dvd soundtrack

Visual Narrative

 

I've been lucky to have the opportunity to work with some amazing visual artists over the years, Blend, The Lab, Blendstate, Mash, Chromatouch, No Fuss Productions, and a few of them have remained great friends who have shown me a thing or two on the visual front, which has inspired me to try and create my own visual narratives.
I've always had an interest in the visual side, and learnt how to use most of the main adob stuff via all manner of videos, flyers, covers and animations for various projects and events and suchlike.

Vjing though i've always wanted to incorporate with my narrative mixes. I think the nature of how they work, i.e not being really obvious and literal with samples and ideas, means that a similar visual aspect works perfectly. Finding people with enough time to do this has proved really tricky, and so, aside from putting in our first funding bid to do that on a much bigger scale, i'm going to start recording my own visual mixes, in the hope that they will get seen, make sense, and generate opportunities in some form or another.

I've been working a fair bit when i get time on that side and have designed a template using VDMX, (after learning it obviously), and also created a system of creating, collecting and managing footage. This has always been the difficult bit, and i'm right at the start with it, but i think it works. I have loads of footage that i want to use, and have collected free packs from some of my favourites producers like Beeple. I hope to put out my own packs with the footage i shoot too, but first up just recording a basic narrative based vj mix to the latest Coming Home mix once a month would make me happy.
Another reason for doing this is to get across the ideas in the mix, and the idea as a whole to more people. I think the collaboration of Dj and Vj with both working on a narrative mix to perform that means something to them would be something id like to see.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my website.

If you want to contact me for any reason, either as a listener, fellow dj, or if you want to book me for a gig drop me a message via this little contact form here. I normally respond within 24 hours, so if you haven't had a reply feel free to email direct at djnarrative at gmail dot com.

I'd also very much like to connect with other people that either enjoy listening to, or are attempting to create, mixtapes with narrative.  The response has been really positive to the backstory mixtapes, and it's not apparent where people exist, so i’d like to start making any efforts i can to connect with anyone who is interested from either sides, as a fellow listener or as interested creator. I have a forum and various ideas but taking 1st steps from March 2017.

Either way i hope you enjoy the content created, shared or curated and thank you again for taking the time. It makes it all worthwhile.

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