us as we present the debut Garage 416 appearance of Marques
Wyatt! Los Angeles legend, Marques Wyatt will be celebrating
the release of his new CD "United
DJ's Of America Vol. 20". The party will also
feature Garage 416 regulars Blueprint
and Moreno. This will be a party you do not want
Wyatt 's Bio:
Marques Wyatt is a messenger of the deepest, most soulful kind
of house music. Beneath his relaxed, spiritual and unknowingly
suave persona, therein lies a man partially responsible for giving
birth to the West Coast house scene and bringing the fresh sounds
of New York to Los Angeles beginning in the mid eighties. Carefully
pointing out that he has "always had a deep passion for music,"
you know that his adoration of house has become its gateway into
the lives of thousands of people. Promoting and playing an enormous
amount of parties including BBC, Brass, MAC's Garage, Does Your
Mama Know? and currently Deep, over the years, Marques has changed
the face of LA nightclubbing and the presentation of its music
in Santa Monica, Marques' family and environment were his major
musical influences. One brother was in a psychedelic band while
the other two were listening to the likes of Earth, Wind &
Fire. His father introduced him to jazz and as he grew older,
he inevitably discovered clubbing finding inspiration at Hollywood's
Odyssey; the venue featured the unique and eclectic sound of New
York-influenced disco and club music ranging from Donna Summer
to Malcom McClaren. Marques lingered by the DJ booth noting titles
that he would later search out at local record shops; he stored
his rapidly expanding vinyl collection at a friend's house and
around the age of eighteen, learned the mixer and began doing
parties while going to high school and then college.
On a journey
to New York City in 1984, Marques found that "something else"
he felt was missing from the LA scene. The massive size, assortment
of music and the very mixed crowd at Danceteria enthralled him.
Witnessing the magic of Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage was
another major catalyst. "Once I got introduced to that sound,
I was all about New York club music," he recalls. On another
East Coast venture in 1986, Marques introduced himself to Frankie
Knuckles at The World in New York, a meeting that would prove
to be one of the major turning points in his career. "I had
never heard music played that way, presented that way or sound
like that," he says of Frankie. "From that point on,
I was on a mission to bring that music into the scene here (in
LA)." Tony Humphries was another mentor to Marques; he was
musically schooled and nurtured on cassette tapes of Tony's groundbreaking
weekly mix show on New York's KISS-FM.
promoting and his first event, BBC at the famed Osko's Disco,
led to bookings at various underground parties. He was then approached
about DJing at the Hollywood hot spot Helena's, the chosen location
for high-class celebrity dining and entertainment. Marques trained
the crowd at Helena's, turning the clientele on to his flavorful
mesh of house. Madonna, Robert Plant and Prince were among many
that were exposed to early sounds of Marques Wyatt. After Helena's,
there was Water My Bush and MAC's Garage, circa 1988. MAC's Garage
became Marques' seminal club and the first LA venue to feature
live house acts such as Adeva, Tyree Cooper, Liz Torres and New
York legend David Morales. "It was such a phenomenon here,"
says Marques. "It was one of the first clubs in LA where
crowds were making noise on the breaks of songs. It was a first
in a lot of ways. Every Friday, everyone would end up there and
it was such an amazing scene." After its initial weeks, MAC's
Garage carried on without alcohol, following in the footsteps
of New York's legendary Paradise Garage and becoming the first
club in LA to attain success without a liquor license.
As the rave
scene exploded on the West Coast in the early nineties, Marques
sought out and created musical options with a residency at Love
in San Francisco and the launch of the Sunday night party Brass
as an alternative to both the rave and hip hop scenes. Brass'
five-year stint broke such cutting edge soul and jazz artists
like the Brand New Heavies, Digable Planets and Jamiroquai by
promoting their first LA shows. During this time, there was also
Max's on Mondays and Candelabra, the Saturday monthly where Marques
first teamed up with Tony Largo, co-promoter of Does Your Mama
Know? These events proved to be at the forefront of a new house
revival in Los Angeles. In 1994, Marques brought the legendary
Louie Vega to his Prague night; Louie reciprocated by bringing
Marques to New York to play the opening set in the main room at
Sound Factory Bar. This all-important gig was well received by
the critical masses of the Big Apple and Marques was regularly
invited back to play Sound Factory Bar and Giant Step. Playing
the Masters at Work party at the Winter Music Conference in 1996
earned him exposure to an international crop of promoters, opening
the door to long awaited international acclaim and world-renowned
clubs such as London's Ministry of Sound.
was the decade of Marques' musical coming of age, playing regularly
at the aforementioned events. In addition, there were Saturday
nights at High Society and seven years at the high profile after
hours Does Your Mama Know? Marques used the latter as an outlet
to bring out many of his New York heroes and counterparts to LA.
In 1999, Marques left his Saturday residencies in favor of launching
his own club. Deep soon outgrew its original home at the Viper
Room and moved to Vynyl where it alternated Sundays with Revival,
Marques' joint party with the Wax crew. "I really enjoyed
doing that party with Doc (Martin), Little Chris and Juan (Nuez)
because I really do respect them as DJs," says Marques. "For
all of us to be playing together, have a successful night and
all be local talent was very special to all of us and the scene.
We saw the transition and open-mindedness come into play like
we had never seen in LA before; it was all in the timing."
After years of exploring separate paths, Marques and Doc had finally
come together on the decks at Revival and it proved to be a key
factor in the development of the LA scene.
has since ended except for special one-offs, Deep is still thriving
due to its dedicated promoter and resident DJ, devout supporters
and an incomparable formula of quality sound, music and family
atmosphere. "What is happening at Deep is real," says
Marques. "The meshing of different kinds of people is something
that you can't buy." Deep has turned into a sanctuary for
LA's congregation of house revelers. With weekly guests like King
Britt, Joe Claussell, Mark Farina, Timmy Regisford and Louie Vega,
Marques has created a home for the international DJing elite in
an intimate LA setting. There is little doubt, however, that Marques
is the glue holding Deep together as one of the most soulful and
inspirational house nights on the planet. In addition to playing
alongside his guests, Marques commands the decks all night long
one Sunday each month to satisfy his LA faithful. The next installment
of the Mixer/DMC compilation series, United DJs of America, Volume
20: Marques Wyatt - Deep: Where House Lives, will showcase most
endearingly the music and the vibe that is Deep; a national tour
will follow the disc's February 2003 release.
to DJing around the globe, Marques began experimenting in the
studio in the late nineties with remixes for Nervous, Strictly
Rhythm and Yoshitoshi. In 2000, he released a remix on Tilted
and the Fog City Players EP with Moulton Studios' production master
Jay-J. However, it is his latest work, "For Those Who Like
to Get Down" on the renowned Om Records that he is most proud
of. 2002 brought a remix of Joel's "Won't Take No" on
Electric Monkey. With two compilations, Sound Design V1 and For
Those Who Like to Get Down, and this latest EP, Marques has developed
a lasting relationship with the San Francisco-based imprint and
expects at least one more mixed disc under their supervision.
More original work can be expected in the future as he sets his
sights on putting music to commercials and film, balanced with
DJing. "I'm always maintaining my balance," says Marques.
"Having a sound mind reflects really well on my work."
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