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Markus Schulz discusses his new album release Scream 2 in an exclusive interview

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After recently announcing a much anticipated North American tour for his recent album release Scream 2 out now Feb. 21, legendary DJ and producer Markus Schulz has been off to a ground-breaking 2014.

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With kick-off release parties that took place in Los Angeles, New York City, and his hometown Miami, fans have been buzzing over the legendary trance star’s performances and fresh new tracks.

Showing no apparent signs of slowing down, the industry veteran sold-out Sound Nightclub in LA months in advance and held a historic set at Pacha NYC, opening the venue at 10 p.m. and performing until its closing doors at 8:30 a.m. the next day. Schulz played more than 125 resounding tracks that night, weaving fans on a journey through trance, deep-house, techno and everything in between.

The Scream 2 bus tour will kick-off with a string of dates in California before heading to Texas, the Midwest, Montreal, and down the east coast. Featuring state of the art productions and Shulz’s iconic music, fans will not want to miss these must-see shows.

Electronic Dance Music Examiner had the humbling experience of meeting Markus prior to his album release party in New York City. Please see below what transpired when asked some more detailed questions about the release of Scream 2 and his career.

For more information, updates, and tour information for Markus Schulz, please visit the subsequent links.

MARKUS SCHULZ:

SCREAM 2:

Track Listing:

  1. Reloaded
  2. Revolution (with Venom One feat. Chris Madin)
  3. Blown Away (feat. Liz Primo)
  4. Remember This
  5. Erase You (feat. Lady Vee)
  6. Destino
  7. Muse (feat. Adina Butar)
  8. Dancing In The Key Of Life
  9. Lord Knows (feat. Liz Horsman)
  10. Fireworks (with Klauss Goulart feat. Paul Aiden)
  11. In The Shadows
  12. Make You Fall (feat. CeCe Peniston)
  13. Mango
  14. Mardi Gras
  15. Gravity (feat. Amy Kirkpatrick)
  16. Reflection
  17. Towards The Sun (with Rex Mundi)

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Scream 2 is about to be released on Feb. 21. What inspired you to go back in the studio to create another album instead of just working on singles?

When I finished Scream 1 I still had many ideas. And it just kind of – it's a continuation of – Scream …So, I've always been the kind of person who likes to put out albums because for me it, it's like expressing all of yourself, you know? It's like if you make a track that's a little bit more chill… and you release it as a single, everybody says, “Oh, my God; He's changing his sound. He's being more chill now.”

[Laughs] Yeah.

And then you release a track and maybe it's a little more commercial with a vocal and [now everyone says] “Oh my God, he's… going pop.”

[Laughs]

So at least an album tells like the whole story."

So you prefer to do albums more so than singles?

I do."

That's cool.

But, you know, I think that after this album, I'm going to take a chill–"

So there is no Scream 3 coming?

No, I, well –"

[Laughs]

I think I want to – after this album – I want to do some Dakota stuff."

Oh, nice! I was actually going to bring that up actually. Cool.

Yeah, I’m looking forward to."

Very cool.

Yeah."

Now that’s like, like a completely different sound and your “alter ego” – correct?

Yeah. and it's more for the darker, deeper, clubbier sounds."

Cool. So do you think that you kind of merged the audiences?

Well, for me, I always think of it like this –the Markus Schulz stuff –– is more of like it [has] more mass appeal; throws a wider net –– and then once they become fans it's like they get, you know, they dig in and they, they get into– the Dakota stuff."

Cool.

Because, and Dakota's more for the hard-core fans."

How do you think you have evolved since the first Scream album?

Well, yeah. I mean, obviously, – you know, music is constantly evolving –and the course, over the course of the three years that I've been working on these two Scream albums, you know, if you listen to the very first track that I worked on from Scream 1 – to the very last track, you know there's huge evolution… but that what's so cool about this Scream series. It kind of …documents the entire journey."

Yeah, absolutely. Is there any particular track that you are like super-pumped about for its release on the album?

Well, I think that, you know, “Remember This” I was just so happy – with that track and that's why I didn't even want to hold back and save it for the album. That's why I put it on the Buenos Aires 13 compilation."

I really like that one, too. That's probably one of my favorites –

And, yeah, “Remember This” is just one of those special tracks that, as I was working on it, I knew there was something special about it."

Yeah. It does, it does. It gives you, it gives you like goose bumps almost….So you have some exciting, release parties, including the tonight, which I'm really excited about. What can we expect going into the performance?

Well, you know, the way that I look at these release parties is they're not, a showcase of my new album."

Um-hum.

It's not like I'm going to roll out and just play –– play the album and that's that. For me, it's more of a celebration of the accomplishment of completing this album. And then later on we'll get into like a tour where I'll showcase the tracks, but tonight is an opportunity, all of these Scream 2 release parties are an opportunity for me to celebrate the accomplishment of the completion of this album with my fans."

Do you usually have things planned, like in a performance? Do you usually like plan things or do you usually like –

Well, you know, the shorter sets have a little bit more, a little more –"

Structure?

Yeah, a little more structure, but the longer sets is where I get to improvise – and really have fun."

Nice. Did you work with everyone you wanted to work with on Scream?

Oh, there's a lot of unfinished business when it comes to –– producing and you know I look forward to working with a lot of these artists in the future."

[Laughs] Cool. What can we expect from you in 2014, because now that you just released this great album, what can fans expect from you in 2014? Do you plan to tour the US?

Well, it's a lot. There's a lot still left. I mean, this is just the beginning."

I know.

I think that the next step for me is A&Ring the remixes for the, for Scream 2."

Oh, that's exciting.

There'll be mixes of the tracks and then at some point I also want to A&R some of the tracks from Scream 1 and put it together an album of Scream 1 and Scream 2 remixes."

That would be awesome. Do you plan on touring the U.S.?

Yeah. We're going to…. We’re planning a tour right now. We'll release the, you know, the tour plans –– coming up shortly. But, yeah the tour will be more like me showcasing a lot of the tracks in a proper setting."

Nice. That's exciting. Awesome. All right, this is my last question because I don't want to take up too much of your time.

You obviously have made this indelible mark on the electronic dance music industry. Years and years down the road, what do you want fans and people to remember about your legacy?

I think that I just want people to think of me through the art, you know –I, I'm true to the art. I've been preaching the art-form of the DJ culture. You know, I'm not the type of person nor have I ever been the person who takes the easy route and does what's popular and does the same thing everybody else is doing. I've always tried to explore the alternative side to trance… or whatever and I just want people to kind of remember, you know me as a true artist."

Oh, I'm sure we all will –

[Laughs]

You have made such a big impression and huge impact on so much, so…It’s an honor to come and, you know, talk to you.

Thank you very much."

Yeah. Best of luck.

Scream 2 Bus Tour Live Dates:

Pre-sale tickets available now here

  • April 2
  • San Luis Obispo, CA – The Graduate
  • April 3
  • Chico, CA – Senator Theater
  • April 4
  • San Francisco, CA – Ruby Skye
  • April 5
  • San Francisco, CA – Ruby Skye
  • April 6
  • Los Angeles, CA – Exchange
  • April 9
  • Phoenix, AZ – Monarch Theater
  • April 11
  • Houston, TX – Stereo Live
  • April 12
  • Dallas, TX – Lizard Lounge
  • April 13
  • Austin, TX – Summit*
  • April 15
  • Bloomington, IN – Bluebird
  • April 16
  • Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
  • April 17
  • Pittsburgh, PA – The Altar Bar
  • April 18
  • Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
  • April 19
  • New York, NY – Webster Hall
  • April 20
  • Montreal, PQ – Bal En Blanc #
  • April 23
  • Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
  • April 24
  • Boston, MA – Royale
  • April 25
  • Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
  • April 26
  • Atlantic City, NJ – mur.mur*
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