Marcus Henriksson musical signature; Musical vibrations that brings forth the inner journey. Painting landscapes and images for the dancer and listener to travel within. Journeys not bound by styles.
Biography of Marcus Henriksson
Musical vibrations that brings forth the inner journey. Painting landscapes and images for the dancer and listener to travel within. Journeys not bound by styles. Authentic electronic dance music connected to nature, with loving intentions to ignite the spirit within. - This is one way to describe Marcus musical signature as an artist.
Marcus fell in love with the dance and trance when he went to his first rave in the summer of 1993.
It was a profound experience that made him realize what his calling was.
As a child he grew up with a diverse musical input and inspiration. Listening to all kinds of music ranging from Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Abba, Front 242, Classical, Skinny Puppy to name a few.
His older brother had an Amiga 500 computer with a sequencer program paired with a Korg synthesizer. This was Marcus first contact with the creation of music with a sequencer program. His first inspiration to create a DJ mixtape came from a mega mix record called Max Mix 5, made by two Italians. They mixed all kinds of music together and also used effects on the mixes.
By the use of the tracking program, his brother’s synthesizer and his own records he created his first mix tape.
Marcus had been on Mother Earth for 10 years when this took place.
The following 4 years Marcus went to countless raves in Sweden and Denmark.
Many times he danced for more than 10 hours straight without using any substances or alcohol. It was an important part of his life. It was also here he experienced that the rave gathering had something more to it than just dancing.
At 18, Marcus was shy and introverted. And for him the dance was liberating him from his fears and shyness and he felt more closer to himself at the rave gatherings than in any other place in modern society. He was experiencing trance states after dancing for that many hours. Also something he could not find anywhere else in the society and culture he grew up from. Going into those trance states helped him to let go of his shyness and of other fears too. It felt like he was taking part in some sacred and ancient ritual. It was deep mystical experiences that was out of the ordinary and something not experienced in his life before.
Marcus and a group of friends started creating their own raves and mixtapes during this period. They called themselves Toxomniac. Marcus was using an alias when dj'ing; Dj Metro. In Marcus’ early DJ years, he was playing music like Jammin' Unit, Hardfloor, Air Liquide, Purple Plejade, Basic channel, Massimo Vivona, Der Dritte Raum and record labels such as Harthouse, Headzone, Frankfurt beats, Djax upbeats, Eye Q to name a few.
He had access to satellite TV which was another thing that interested him. Using the satellite dish to discover new TV channels and new satellites to connect to. As a young boy this became a source of many meetings with different cultures and languages.
There was a German TV channel called Viva. They had a weekly show called Hausfrau where they reviewed records and were talking about the rave culture.
In 1997 Marcus met Sebastian Mullaert and Christian Steiner.
They had just started to create chill out music together and Christian had some studio equipment.
They became friends and Marcus asked if they would like to make a dance track together. This was the beginning of the trio Trimatic.
Two years later, 1999 Marcus and Sebastian released their first album under the name Son Kite. It was also here they started touring the world.
By this time the previously underground rave culture had changed and club culture had started. The dance music was then divided into many different styles of music. Techno, trance, house, drum & bass, psychedelic trance and so on.
The division of the genres was not something Marcus believed in and he was still in it for the dance and trance experience. But the modern music scene needed to place Son Kite into a genre and for this reason Son Kite started playing in the psychedelic trance music scene.
They released over 20 vinyl singles on various labels and 4 albums with the Son Kite project.
During the years 2000 - 2007 Marcus was living in the city of Malmö in Sweden.
Marcus and Sebastian were working closely together in their joined basement studio, High-Hat Studio.
At the same time they were running their own record labels Baluns and Digital Structures together with their close friend Peter Svegrup. He was also there during the years as support and helping in many ways. He was their manager and friend.
In 2001, Marcus met with Karl-Axel Bissler and they became close friends.This meeting shaped Marcus musical expression in many ways and he is forever grateful and thankful to his dear friend for those years.
At the same time Marcus also met with Fredrik “NOS” Holm. A multi-talented local artist and a fellow raver from the good old days. He was a big inspiration to Marcus and had a deep knowledge about analogue synthesizers.
Both NOS and Karl were frequent visitors in the studio during recording sessions.
In 2000 Marcus and Sebastian joined and started another alias; Minilogue.
They have released over 40 vinyl singles on labels such as Cocoon, Traum, Baroque, Mule, Wagon Repair
In 2008 they released their debut double album "Animals" on Cocoon recordings.
The following years Minilogue became a big success and was touring the world and playing all the "big" clubs and techno festivals around the globe.
Playing live shows on the same line up as Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Josh Wink and many more from the club music elite.
Marcus also made many music collaborations with other artists during the years.
Karl Axel Bissler and Marcus has released a few vinyl singles together.
In 2008 IMPS (Mule electronic) album came out. A collaboration between Marcus, Sebastian Mullaert, Ian Chaplin and Philip Rex.
In 2011 Koss / Henriksson / Mullaert (Mule Electronic) double album. A collaboration between Marcus, Kuniyuki Takahashi
Marcus was also playing live electronic dance music improvisation concerts together with Mathew Jonson and Sebastian Mullaert for many years. Did many legendary concerts wit this trio.
In 2007 Marcus suffered from various physical illnesses. He experienced pain in his joints, stomach and heart. He went to western doctors for help and examinations. But they could not really find out what was wrong and started giving him pills.
The western medicines reduced the pain but as soon as he stopped using them the pain came back. The doctors could still not see what was causing the illnesses.
Marcus became troubled by this and he felt that no one could help him solve his problems.
Marcus close friend Karl recommended a book about Ayurveda, meditation and yoga. This book inspired him to try this method since nothing else was working. So he started practicing meditation and yoga daily. And to his surprise it helped him and the problems were lessening.
After 2 weeks of daily practice all of his ailments were gone!
Through these tools Marcus healed himself from the problems that western doctors could not help him with. This was proof enough for Marcus to re-evaluate the whole western medicine approach.
The meditation fascinated him. Something he could recognize from all the years of trance dancing.
His curiosity and passion for the big questions in life were making him dive deep into advanced meditation and yoga techniques to learn more. The inner working and the use of mediation tools became Marcus biggest passions for the coming years.
From the explorations with meditation and yoga Marcus felt a need to change his life.
In 2007 Marcus moved out from the city and into a house in the woods. Remotely situated from villages and neighbours, here he built his studio.
He explored the solitary life and was doing his own meditation retreats that could last for days. Marcus worked as a meditation and yoga teacher during this period.
The insights and findings out of these inner explorations he channelled into the musical output of the Minilogue and Son Kite projects.
The connection between rave, meditation, trance states to ancient rituals and into shamanism and mysticism interested him deeply.
But the music was calling and it was time to put the understandings and findings into the music.
Marcus wishes to say:
"The use of psychoactive substances such as plant medicines while dancing is something we humans have been doing for thousands of years. It is part of our nature to use these tools in order to connect and heal ourselves. They are medicines. But hey need to be use in the right way in order to make benefits instead of harm.
When these psychoactive plant medicines are used for healing and spiritual purposes they are sometimes called entheogens. A word to describe the medicine in another way with less connection to the drugs and the drug war.
The connection between the ritual, dance and the entheogens and what we call Rave and dance culture is the dance ritual that we humans have been experiencing since the dawn of time. It's an important ancient rite. We need to take care of the rite also."
During the years 2007 - 2014 Marcus was living in the woods and close to nature and touring the world on the weekends. In 2014 Minilogue released their second album "Blomma".
It was created out in his studio in nature.
In 2014 the music software company Ableton Live made a documentary about Minilogue and how the music was created. Here the viewer can glimpse into the lifestyle Marcus was living.
The documentary was named after Marcus' vision of how he tries to express the music "As human as possible".
In 2014 Marcus started the project Nobody Home where he released 3 vinyl EP's.
Marcus also has his own record label Home Records.
Nature, meditation, yoga, shamanism and his 24+ years of experience in the dance music scene makes him a unique artist in the modern music scene.
Expressing musical journeys not bound by styles or trends but with loving intention to inspire and ignite the spirit within the dancer.
“I wish to pay homage to our ancient ancestors, wishing for balance and peace. To unite, connect and protect, for humanity and for our brothers and sisters, we are humans co-creating our existence together, we are all in this together.
So let's create an experience of balance, love and kindness for the sake of ourselves and humanity.”
Selected discography Nobody Home
Nobody Home - Remains of earlier temples
Marcus Henriksson - A matter of the heart EP
Nobody Home - Journey EP (Home Records)
Nobody Home - Where we come from EP (Home Records)
Marcus Henriksson - A matter of the heart EP (Home Records)
Kris Dubinsky - Horisontal living (Nobody Home in the intermediate state remix)
Minilogue - Endlessness (W + P by Marcus Henriksson)
Minilogue - Blessed (W + P by Marcus Henriksson)
Minilogue - Drop the mask of self-protection (W+P by Marcus Henriksson)
Minilogue - Jakata A (W+ P by Marcus Henriksson)