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During 1991 and 1992 the world watched closely as the rave scene in Los Angeles exploded to epic proportions. For many this was the beginning of house music (and its related offshoots) in LA. The gigantic warehouse parties, and later "Flammable Liquid," were instrumental in the development of the house community in LA. However, to truly understand the evolution of house music in LA and even the west coast, we must go way back. Back to a time when visionaries such as the legendary Larry Levan, and the godfather of house Frankie Knuckles, were laying down the foundation upon which we are still building our house. It was at this time the seed was planted deep inside the heart of a young DJ named Marques Wyatt. This seed, Marques then replanted and nurtured in his hometown of LA. Now after almost a decade, LA and the rest of the west coast are being recognized as a formidable force in the world of house music as a result of the persistence and talent of people like Marques Wyatt.
The same year he met Frankie Knuckles in New York, Marques started the first house club in Los Angeles called "BBC." However, it wasn't until the following year that house music took a hold on LA. In 1987 after experiencing the legendary Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage in New York, Marques along with his partner at the time, Chris Crunch, started "Mac's Garage," and it was at Mac's Garage that house music started to impact LA. According to Marques, Mac's Garage had a definite New York feel to it. "Everyone that came to Mac's Garage was in some way connected to New York. Either they were a transplant, had experienced house music in New York, or had friends in New York that turned them on to house."
Since the days of Mac's Garage, Marques Wyatt has been making a name for himself and the music he plays worldwide. Recently he has been spending two weekends a month traveling to clubs in London, Germany, Italy, Japan, as well as across Canada and the US. In addition to his jet setting, Marques has held quite a few residencies which he has managed to fit into his busy schedule. In LA he is a resident at "Does Your Momma Know" (for over 2 years), "Godfather," "High Society," as well as his jazz club "Brass" which he does along with his partner Orlando. And if that wasn't enough Marques has a few regular gigs right here in San Francisco. Those include the Sound Factory, Mushroom Jazz (now Jazzid Up), and the Bulletproof Boat Party. Marques will also be playing the Sound Factory Bar in New York every 4-6 weeks as well.
With this extremely busy schedule, it is amazing that Marques has any time to do any production work of his own, but he is currently taking some time off to complete some projects that are in the works. About his production work Marques states, "I have some things that I am working on but I really don't want to talk about them. I don't want to be one of those DJs that says he is working on this project with this person and doing that project with that person and then you never see anything." It seems as though production is the natural next step for DJs but Marques doesn't want to produce tracks because it is expected of him. He wants to put out music when he is ready. He adds, "I also don't want to be someone who says 'yeah my first record was OK but wait till you hear my next one.' I want to be able to hand my first record to my friends like Louie (Vega) or Frankie (Knuckles) and be proud of it. I base my career on integrity. Everyone will know I have a record out when it's in the stores."
For those who haven't had the privilege of hearing Marques play live or even one of his mixtapes, he describes his style of music as "soulful and uplifting, whether it is house or downtempo jazz. I like natural sounding instrumentation and orchestration." It is not only his music that is soulful and uplifting though. It is Marques Wyatt, the person, that is soulful and uplifting. His music is just a reflection of that. "DJing is not a self-serving thing. It's about making the people happy," says Marques.Taken from: http://www.xlr8r.com
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