Manchester-based DJ Joe Marcangelo is mostly known for his epic Meoteric Mix series on Soundcloud, his vast record collection within the progressive house scene. Marcangelo, no stranger to the scene, has rubbed shoulders with some of the industry’s top DJs including the likes of Quivver, Dimitry Molosh, Anthony Pappa and many more.
Joe Marcangelo took some time out of making his Meoteric Mix to answer some of our questions
Tell us about your earliest musical memory?
I loved music from an early age, and for my 3rd birthday, I got a drum kit. Later at 14 years old I got my first set of turntables and mixer and bought various progressive house records.
At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself “This is it. This is the type of music I want to create?”
I would say that when I started to buy the progressive house records when I was 14 years old, even though at the time I liked the sound but didn’t fully understand what progressive house was, I knew this was the sound I wanted to make.
Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:
Global Underground Series
Electronic – Electronic
The Beloved – Conscience
Stereolab – Dots & Loops
Shura – Nothing’s Real
Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha
What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
Currently, I am using Ableton 10, utilising what is in the software.
I also use a few plug-ins like TAL- NoiseMaker. In the future, I would like to start using Hardware such as Arturia Beatstep Pro for my production and possibly in the future, live Jams.
What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?
My inspiration comes from a variety of creative mediums. Art, photography and films by directors such as Miguel Gomez, Jim Jarmusch and Jean-Luc Godard.
What is your opinion on the ever-spreading sub-genre vine? Are there too many? Do you think there’ s perhaps a sub-genre that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
I think that a lot of people focus too much on the genres of music let alone the sub-genres rather than focusing on what is really important, which is the music. It is important to stick to your own sound, without having to limit yourself.
Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?
As much as I love creating music, I prefer performing and interacting with an audience, seeing their reactions when listening to music. I enjoy playing, being able to create, and change the musical direction to take the audience on a journey.
As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?
As a music artist today, you need to have the skills to progress as an artist, and you also need to focus on your business skills. I would like to see more support for new or up and coming DJs/Producers.
Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn’t the world sleep on?
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I am working on new music, and continually growing my Meoteric Mix series featuring mixes from myself and guests.
Famous last words?
Never give up.