March 4, 2014

My Record Collection by Markus Schulz
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My Record Collection by Markus Schulz

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of globe-trotting DJ Markus Schulz, he loves Led Zeppelin and can't wait to hear the new Lana Del Rey record...

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"Zapp & Roger's More Bounce to the Ounce. I bought it quite a few years after it was first released but it’s one I still value a lot today. Reminds me of my teenage years emigrating from Germany to the United States."


The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven. It’s the one track that would motivate me to learn how to play the guitar. It’s one of those pieces of music that you study and try to understand how the different segments worked when combined together."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"Pet Shop Boys' West End Girls. It is such a beautiful track that touches the soul. One of the best basslines ever heard in a piece of music, and the pads are just mesmerising. It reminds me a lot of my time living in London at the turn of the millennium."


The record that always make me feel good is…

"Soulsonic Force's Planet Rock. It was probably that one defining moment which made me fall in love with breakdancing, and would therefore lead me towards my first footsteps in DJing. When my group of friends began organising breakdance parties, this was always the tune I pushed to hear the most."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"Cass & Slide - Perception. When I moved to London from Arizona my life was at a crossroads, and relocating was an attempt to rediscover who I was musically. When attending clubs like Turnmills and Ministry of Sound, this track was the one that resonated with me the most. The vocals are incredible - “rise up together” is a powerful slogan."


The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"Sunday Club's Palladian Dawn. It is often forgotten about when people think of classic dance tracks but for me it resonates a lot more than others. It was a big anthem for me during my residency at The Works in Phoenix."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Quite a recent one this but the new Pretty Lights album A Color Map of the Sun. The story behind the album is that he hired a five-piece funk band in New Orleans, let them jam out in the studio, and made his entire album out of recorded loops from the session. The cover is amazing and the inside includes pictures of the jam session too."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto. I loved the concept of the title fused with the graffiti style design. The limited edition vinyl set that was released with the popup booklet was really nice."

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"When Iio - Rapture initially came out, I couldn’t understand the hype over it, even though it was a massive hit both in the clubs and commercially. It took me many years to warm to it but eventually I did, Nadia Ali’s vocal in particular."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Empire of the Sun's Ice on the Dune. Well recommended. Good song structure and very catchy choruses."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2014 is…

"Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence. Her Born to Die album was phenomenal and continues to be on heavy rotation. I liked her Tropico EP a lot so hopefully her form continues into Ultraviolence."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album. It was way ahead of its time; and even today it provides me with countless ideas and inspirations. For me, it is the album that defined a journey."

 

Markus Schulz's new album Scream 2 is out now and can be bought here from our download store. 

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