This year, MaRLo announced the launch of his own record label called Reaching Altitude. MaRLo teamed up with Armada Music to launch this label that named after his signature Altitude events in Australia. We were lucky to sat down with MaRLo in a quick interview to talk about his new label and also fatherhood.
You launched your new record label, Reaching Altitude, this year. What is your expectation for the demo that came in?
What I’m really looking for is things that I can really play in my set, first and foremost. It’s really important for me to find new talent that might not get the exposure they deserve. I’ve got so much amazing music and now I finally got my own outlet through my label, Reaching Altitude, to help and support them. We do a lot our label night all around the world and book artist from my label. We really try to help them out.
You’re a father now to baby River. How fatherhood change you?
I don’t think it change me, it’s an amazing experience. Now he recognizes me and smiles whenever he sees me. It’s so heartwarming when you walk into the room, he sees you, his face lights up and he smiles. It melts your heart.
Do you have any words to young DJ out there try to find a breakthrough?
The most important thing is to make music, make your own music. Find the style that unique to you, because there are already many producers and artists out there so try to make your own sound so it’s recognizable. I think a lot of people fall in the trap where they expect people to help them. I did it at the start as well.
“Clubs won’t book me…” or “I can’t find a manager…” or “I can’t find a label…”. They complain a lot and get really frustrated. I did the same thing at the start and it’s really natural, because when you feel you’re working really hard, you feel like somebody should see that and help you. It doesn’t really work that way. You need to create your own success. I got so frustrated with it and eventually started my own club nights and book myself.
You have to have something to offer yourself. You need to create value and demand yourself. No one else is gonna make you famous and help build your career. At the start you need to do everything yourselves.
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