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Q&A with Circus Paradise Festival founder Mark James

Q&A with Circus Paradise Festival founder Mark James

Unquestionably one of many Australian dance music business’s most recognisable and iconic pioneering figures.Mark James has been regarded by his friends world broad as a creator and innovator for the dance digital music since its conception. Mark is founder and creator of Future Entertainment Australia’s and if not one of many worlds most profitable event corporations, in its day attracting up 800,000 dance pageant goes a yr and never forgetting the countless membership nights, labels and principally every part that is dance music Mark has accomplished or been involved with.

Having pioneered and revolutionised the Australia market with manufacturers like Two Tribes ,Summadayze and Future Music Festival, he is additionally chargeable for staging a few of Australia’s first dance occasions again in the 80s & 90’s with the likes of Sasha, Carl Cox,Moby, all appearing at Marks occasions properly before they have been the household names we know & love at present. As a DJ Mark himself has performed along aspect almost every massive identify DJ on the planet together with Digweed , Armin, Tiesto, Oakenfold, PVD, Hawtin the legendary Tony Di Vit who remixed certainly one of Marks & Carl Cox’s tracks Everlasting by Eternal that went to NO 2 Nationally within the UK Charts solely the beginning for his chart success both Australia and Europe, not to point out the large record big of DJs he’s played alongside promoted, toured and recorded with are greatest in electronic music world has to offer.

In 2010 he was voted by Ministry Of Sound magazine Australia’s strongest individual in Dance Music Business he has since been voted 28 most powerful promoter on the planet. In 2012 he moved away from Future Entertainment to take a nicely earned break. Going again to the Future Mark bravely introduced and partnered a few of the most revered club brands on the planet and toured them to the Aussie & NZ shores , iconic brands together with Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, Renaissance ,Cream , Armin Solely, Slinky, International Underground, MOS, Trade, Pacha and lots of extra. Mark was also a Pioneer Ambassador for 10 years has maintained an enormous profession as a DJ/producer attaining world extensive hits since 1992 as Eternal the first release that includes Carl Cox.

I received to tug Mark away for a fast Q&A forward of this weekends Circus Paradise Festival, situated at Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast.

Hello Mark thanks for taking time our of your busy schedule to talk to us at the moment. You at the moment are based mostly on the Gold Coast, between the seashores and bars, how are you? with just a few weeks until Circus Paradise, you have to be busy, how is the planning coming alongside?

I’m properly and actually having fun with the life fashion on the gorgeous Gold Coast , the pageant Its coming alongside rather well we’ve had great help for the area people and regulatory bodies and we’re wanting ahead to staging an ideal pageant for this region .

Let’s leap straight into a topic that is the speak of Sydney and Australia of late. It isn’t secret that the NSW Government and Police have been leaning on music festivals and venues, how have you discovered the differences in your expertise across Australia with the QLD Govt and Police in working together?

It goes without saying that NSW has had a very exhausting time of late, we all might be very to see what these new licensing laws are come March 1st. The QLD Govt, council and Police have been actually supportive and helpful with regard to our pageant, it’s been some time for an event of this type to be staged on the Gold Coast and we’re wanting ahead to a protected pleasurable expertise for all.

Onto the subject of Circus Paradise, I’m interested by logistics, a forgotten aspect of operating a pageant, can you stroll us via what is required to host an occasion in the Southport Parklands, what is the planning concerned, what work is required with councils and so forth?

Its all begins by ticking the packing containers with council and parks its not straightforward finding a venue that suits pageant needs reminiscent of sound necessities, production and infrastructure entry and public transport. Broadwater Parklands is such an incredible spot and the council have been so supportive , I assume my background with staging giant occasions resembling Summafieldayze helped as nicely with the Police as they know we are all about well being and safety in the beginning.

With such a tremendous, numerous and enormous line up, walk us by means of the method of curating the artists, the logistics of flying them out, the set occasions, what do you do to keep the stress levels down?

It’s such an ideal line up, with a boutique pageant you need to be careful of prices whereas making an attempt to holding your ticket worth affordable, logistics are actually and straight forward you ebook an artist they fly in fly out, there are all the time going to be some hi-cups alongside the best way like different festivals blocking acts, potential no exhibits or cancellations for what ever cause however thus far so good .

You could have been an business leading promoter now for over 2 many years, what has been some stand out moments for your self?

There’s been many I feel going again to the Melbourne Docklands parties will all the time have a particular place in my coronary heart we achieved such great things in those days, an actual stand out was the yr 1999/ 2000 NYE we had 20,000 on the docks and the subsequent day at Sidney Myer Music Bowl 30,000 for Summadayze, I keep in mind simply standing on stage in the course of the day on Jan 1st 2000 searching at a sea of people going off bringing in the new millennium it was superb.

Promoting is a notorious arduous recreation, much more so in Australia, what advice would you give to any aspiring promoter?

Yep you bought that right Australia is legendary for our tall poppy syndrome individuals love the underdog on the best way up everybody’s your pal and filled with help until you get to the highest then they attempt to drag you back down its the Aussie method. My advise is straightforward persist with your weapons don’t compromise your expertise and you realize greatest its your gig never forget that, don’t step above your means in case you have reservations don’t do it 9 occasions out of 10 it should fail if your not 100% assured.

Watch your price range and keep on with it, do one of the best you possibly can with what you’ve got and all the time attempt for high quality within your means there’s no chopping corners on this enterprise and most of all attempt to take pleasure in your self and hold your head above water this enterprise is among the most aggravating on the earth, best of luck.

Is there any plans to increase sooner or later, can we anticipate anything new this yr?

Look I’m not out to break any data I just need to placed on nice boutique pageant for this area with high quality acts and music and production within protected setting then if all goes nicely lets see the place that takes us in the future with more exhibits .

Something that typically gets over appeared, however you’re additionally a DJ and promoter, producer, having worked with the likes of Carl Cox, Pee Wee Ferris to being championed by John Digweed and Danny Howells. How did you discover the transition from sporting the hat of a promoter to being a DJ at your occasions?

I juggled the each rather well for a long time but there’s some extent in your life on this business the place you need to make onerous selections, it obtained to a stage where I turned a really huge DJ /producer and the business Future was growing so fast and develop into the monster that it was, you only have so many hours in the day and it came to level for a couple of causes together with health and personal relationships where I had to decide on between the 2 careers, so again in these days DJing took a back pedal to focus on the pageant business. I’m still unsure if I made the appropriate choice, that’s the factor about this job you all the time assume you would have executed it in another way your never glad….lol

You might have a new single out quickly with the legendary home music vocalist, Inya Day, how did that come about?

I’m so enthusiastic about this monitor and to be again doing what I really like probably the most writing music. I’ve been working arduous on productions for some time now with a number of releases out at present beneath Mark James and my techno challenge MJM ,
I had been working a brand new monitor that had a sample vocal, I introduced it to the label and Ash Gay stated to me this is nice however I reckon we should always find a singer, lets flick it over to Inaya Day and see what she thinks. She appreciated the demo, wrote and recorded the vocal within the US sent them again and I completed the monitor. It comes with some awesome remixes from 3 of my favorite Aussie producers Joylon Petch , Trendy Citizens & Marcus Knight all these guys are on hearth at current

With so a few years beneath your belt, what has been the funniest second throughout your DJ profession?

There’s been so many, not humorous on the time however Sick all the time keep in mind the night time at Mansion Club in Melbourne we had a Renaissance night time with John Digweed its was a full house even Bono & U2 have been there I had just completed warming up for John the place was heaving I’ve walked down the stairs and observed that the roof of the second flooring under-the dance flooring was shifting up and down suddenly the huge chandelier that hung in the roof above the foyer dropped and crashed to the floor right into a thousand pieces luckily nobody was underneath it at the time. That’s what you name rocking the dance flooring arduous!

Thank you in your time, one final query, is there one act you are looking forward to?

I actually love what Charlotte De Witte does, she is such a recent expertise and really is aware of her stuff, such a pleasant individual as properly, wanting forward to seeing her again come Sun March 10th.

Restricted tickets are still out there for this weekend’s Circus Paradise Festival –

Damion Pell

For the last 20+ years, Damion has been a world touring DJ, promoter, touring agent, label owner, magazine editor and producer. He is at present the Group Editor and Managing Director of Decoded Journal. Hear extra at


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