Young Marco sits alongside peers such as Lauren Lo Sung, Avalon Emerson & Denis Sulta as part of an unusual club. They are all part of a collective of DJs who have really come to the forefront in the past 18-24 months (as well as all featuring prominently at Patterns in 2017). But equally they’re all DJs who have been bubbling away under the surface and paying their dues for years. The term “newcomer” is often bandied about recklessly, and this is a particular misnomer when it comes to Marco – real name Marco Sterk - and his contemporaries.
Overnight, his success certainly wasn’t. Overdue? Arguably so. But you get the impression that he wouldn’t have had it any other way. For Young Marco is a rarity amongst Amsterdam-based DJs - a city which is more notorious for producing DJ talent from the EDM and techno worlds. These more aggressive and unabashed styles are in stark contrast to the more subtle and nuanced romanticism of Young Marco’s repertoire. His style is considered. It requires a level of investment. You need to allow yourself to be swept-up in a flow of rare disco, piano records and European oddities – it’s that approach twinned with a deep and eclectic record box which has edged Marco organically into the consciousness of the wider house community.
It’s this same craftsmanship which has seen him being handed full control of the Prism room at Mosaic, Pacha as well as supporting The Black Madonna during her recent run as XOYO’s quarterly resident. A firm fixture within the Dekmantel crew, Marco also works in store at that other Amsterdam institution, Rush Hour Records, a crew that includes Tom Trago, San Proper and of course founder Antal. His debut album Biology landed in 2014 on New York based label ESP Institute, a short 40 minute electronic album that transcended genre, at times seeming far away from the dancefloor.
Marco is an artist not just content to go against the grain, but actively pursues it. The vibrations are different here, and few guests represent Pattern’s mantra better than Young Marco.
Crate-digger and storyteller, we can’t wait to be taken on a journey through sound on 19th August.