Kicking it in BK with warm coffee, a crate of vinyl and a chilled Bloody Mary.
Just before her gig at BEAM, Bangkok and the start of her tour in the region we managed to grab a moment with the vinyl champion, DJ and producer Bloody Mary. Perched up on the rooftop of her hotel just a little way from the club, the first vibe we get is of a relaxed and down to earth performer who loves what she does as much as she loves those around her. Welcome hugs and big smiles, plus the odd chuckle seemed to set the tone for our time together.
Having been launched into fame back in 2005 in France, to her now fully-fledged studio
in Berlin, Mary really hasn’t let off the gas. Developing notoriety for going against the
grain in the development of her vinyl-centric label Dame-Music, she has stayed true to
her roots whilst developing a signature style that has the clubs and the party-goers
wanting for more every time.
This caring, sharing, fun-loving artist carries her personality through everything she
does and it was great to get a chance to learn a little more about her.
I can see from your movements in the scene and your vast reach in the industry you have been passionate about electronic music for years. What inspired you to become a DJ/Producer and was there a single moment or track that launched you onto this journey?
My journey started when I was a child, my Mum was working on national radio in
France, so I grew up being surrounded by music and vinyl because she loved this. So
music has been around me since childhood. Later, as a teenager, I went to my first rave
party and instantly fell in love with electronic music. This was a big experience at this
time in the south of France as I had never been to a club or anything like that, and
suddenly I was dancing at a rave, dancing in nature, which was really cool and it was
how I was introduced to electronic music.
At first, I was really interested in the atmosphere and the music and then I found myself looking at the person who was playing and got attracted to the spinning records! So I went to a vinyl store and I began listening to the music I heard when I was dancing at the raves, and then I started to buy it. Back in 2004, I got the offer to be resident in one of the best clubs in the south of France and that’s how the story began.
I moved to Berlin in 2005 and from there my international career started.
After launching your record label in 2010, Dame-Music, you must have felt you
were launched into another dimension, with all the new responsibilities it entailed? Or was it a progressive shift?
I think it is a kind of evolution. I love to learn things and find that I get bored very
quickly. This is why I love my job, as it allows me to discover new things and meet new
people, and this is something I really enjoy. If I get stuck doing the same thing every day, like working in an office for example, I’m sure I’d go crazy due to my personality, as i’m a super active person.
So with that in mind, I decided to start my own label, as I wanted to make the music I
want to make, to produce and to play. I wanted to be free. By starting my own label, if I
want to play or release any genre, I don’t need to wait for a record label to pay for me, as it costs a lot of money to produce vinyl. But in order to start the label, I needed to
have enough money, and first I had to earn that money. So, as you see, it really is a
In 2010, digital sales were king. All the labels started to close up shop or started
pushing artists into digital releases, but I was determined to press vinyl as I was using
the money I had earned and it was what I wanted to do. Now, after seven years, the label is still going strong and I am still making the music I love and support, and releasing it on vinyl.
So, the push within the label is centered around vinyl, is it only vinyl?
Yes for sure the focus is on vinyl but not only, we release digitally too. I am against this
war between vinyl and digital because I think that both are complimentary. As we are in 2018,technology is progressing and I think it is good to use both. I also believe music is for everyone and we are living in a time when there are many people around the world who might not be able to afford the vinyl - as it is expensive - and I want people
everywhere to enjoy the music.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
The freedom to wake up every morning and to do what I love. I am just really thankful,
I don’t know to who or to what, or sometimes how things happen in life, but I am really
thankful to be healthy to have the chance to do what I love the most. This is priceless and it’s something I hope to continue for many years.
As an exclusive electronic artist, you don’t stick to one genre when you produce
your music, do you?
I’m in the studio almost every day and production takes up most of my week. For sure
everything is electronic, but I work with my emotion, so the output can be different
depending on how I’m feeling. Sometimes I like to put some lyrics in my tracks for
example. I’m not a singer, but I like to put a few words sometimes, just to close the
chapter or something like that. I’ve been having so much fun making acid for years now, and I love recording my tracks in one shot sometimes when I feel I’ve got the right
I am aware that you have tracked the globe with your performances having played
in major festivals and well-known clubs across Europe, America, the UK and more.
Now you are here in Asia, can ask is it your first time in the region?
No, the first time I played in Asia was in 2009 in China and after that, I went to Japan. I
didn't come back for a few years because I was based mostly in Miami, so I was
living between Europe and the USA. I got my visa for the US, which allowed me to play
there a lot more. Now though, there are many more clubs who play techno here in Asia,
and like I have said, if I go somewhere, I want you to book me for the music I produce
and for the music I play. I don’t want to play somewhere and not play the music I love.
For sure when you play somewhere you need to feel the atmosphere of the room but that is the work of a DJ. I came back to Asia last year and I have been playing in Australia for three years now and this is how we’re able to arrange the tour. And as it is so far away from Europe it is nice to stay a few weeks and have time to meet people and get a little deeper into the culture.
Although you are just starting your tour here and will be around for the next six
weeks, can you see yourself coming back again soon?
Yeah, I would love to come back but it is crazy as an artist when you look at one year
how things are moving fast: I need time to be in the studio, to produce, to travel, to play
and to take care of my label Dame-Music. But yeah, I would love to come back around
two times per year, it would be magical!
Is there anywhere in the world you have yet to gig and would be on your bucket list - so to speak?
I have traveled almost everywhere but one country I’ve never been to is Canada. There is this Igloo Festival in Montreal, for example, where you play in an Igloo. Something like that would be amazing because the location would be a completely new experience for me.
Talking about studio time earlier, what projects do you have in the pipeline?
2017 was an interesting year for me because I released 4 EPs. I signed an EP on Ovum,
the label of Josh Wink. He is one of my favorite acid producers - I respect his music and
have been buying his records for many years. Regarding 2018, I signed on another label
and the vinyl will come out in April. I cannot say more for now but it is an amazing
project! I am also working on a remix and I would love to produce another EP on Ovum. Of course, I’m working on the forthcoming Dame-Music 037 and I’m getting excited about that one! More news coming soon!
So now you have reached beyond your imagination and are working with artists you could have only dreamed about, what advice would you give to anybody who is looking to start up as DJ or Producer?
To anyone who wants to start something in the electronic music industry, the main piece of advice I have is to do it from your heart. Don’t look too much at what the others are doing and make your own opinion about things. You have to do it with passion and you shouldn’t compare yourself with others.
That is really important, as we are all different and we are all sensitive to different things. It’s also important to not think that you can’t produce if you don’t have enough money. The fact is you can buy a big studio and you can buy all the machines you want, but if you are not creative, you can’t give anything through all these things. So, if you want to do it, really, just start to learn how the programs work, start to play an instrument. It’s all about making the most of what you have available to you. The key is to work and to just do it with love.
What an inspiration Mary is to the community and the wider world, having stood her
ground to develop her career in the direction true to her heart. Also, a great pleasure to
meet this champion of vinyl as she carts her crates around Asia and Australia to electrifythe region with her music and her enlightening presence.
If you missed her at BEAM in Bangkok over the weekend then don’t hesitate to checkout
the dates of her tour below and catch up this vinyl queen of the acid house movement.
25/1 - CLUB 77 / SYDNEY, AU
26/1 - RAINBOW SERPENT FESTIVAL / LEXTON, AU
28/1 - TBA / AUSTRALIA
04/2 - SUMMER SERIES @ REVOLVER / MELBOURNE, AU
09/2 - ELEVATOR / SHANGHAI, CH
10/2 - LOOPY / HANGZHOU, CH
@2018 DJ MAG ASEAN