We got the chance to ask 20 question to the veteran producer and DJ Mark Broom, who is about to release his latest artist album after a break of over 15 years since his last album.
We’re not sure why it has taken him so long to make a new album, but Mark Broom is one of the UK’s longest serving artists. His new album, called Acid House, which is released on Nic Fanciulli’s Saved Records – comprises of 14 tracks covering the ground between house and techno, with a splash of disco.
To call it Acid House isn’t strictly being true to the genre, but we were glad it wasn’t to be honest. Maybe he was being ironic or clever. Who knows? A better name might have been Tech House. Just a thought.
From the disco-laced grooves of “Lemon” to the bigger darker main room sounds of “260”, the whole spectrum of both genres has been covered – and done with a flair for someone who knows his way around a studio. Crisp punchy beats are all over this and with some clever nob-triddling effects flow throughout.
It starts of with French-disco inspired “Gap” which got us nodding our head all most immediately. A bit of a banger. (There’s clearly still life in the old boy yet). He uses a nice bit French vocal sample-wizardry and a punchy kick to start the opening salvos.
Then we came to the first Techno track “Loose End”, to be honest sound like it was made in clock factory – Techo at it’s finest we suppose.
He begins to turn it up when we get to real meat of the CD and “Lemon”, certainly takes us where we want to go. One of his more disco tracks – short trippy samples build through with a classic clap – until it drops, the bass kicks and were off. We were certainly beginning to warm to diversity of Mr Broom.
“260” takes the CD into the realm of the minimal techno, white noise and throbbing beats – combine with some avant guard stabs of the piano to make nice half way breather.
“Jerk out” cements that new style that Mark Bloom, has incorporated into his repertoire. Another deep disco acid-tinge foray.
We like Acid House, its clever collection of tracks – it doesn’t quite deliver in some areas. We preferred the house driven tracks, but it fails to combine the sound in coherent manner – it’s more look at me, look how many styles of tracks I can do. But, when you been in the game for as long as Mark Broom. Making an album of one single genre probably would be too boring. So we forgive him.
20 quick-fire question to Mark Bloom. Not sure he really enjoyed the questions. But to make up he has sent over a podcast. Sadly theirs no material from the album. No, no that would be far too conventional for Mr Broom.
What’s the first thing you thought about when you woke up today?
I must do this interview!!!
What keeps you awake at night?
Nothing I sleep like a baby for at least 8 hours every night.
Sum up in 5 words you new album?
My first for 15 years.
House or Techno?
Always ACID HOUSE
What was the last track that sent shivers up your spine?
Nitro deluxe This brutal house
What was the last track that made you feel like ripping your own ears off?
I was listening to Arise by Sepultura !!!
Which celebrity would you like to bed?
I Would love to have Larry david in the bed but only for a chat.
What’s the best piece of advice anyone’s ever given you?
Always wear steel toed boots while chopping wood.
Is there a God, and what’s your proof for your answer?
What’s your poison?
What’s the worst state you’ve ever been in?
What’s your favourite swear word? English or otherwise?
You F?*king C?*t !!!
What’s your favourite film quote?
Who’s got the weazel dust ( Miami Vice ) not a film but a great quote.
What do you think of Evil Bloggers?
Where is heaven on earth for you?
Anywhere by the coast, The norfolk/suffolk coast is cool.
What’s the best thing about your job?
All the great food I have before the gigs, Thank you promoters.
What’s the worst thing about your job?
Doing stuff like this.
Who would you want to play you in film about your life?
Who’s the biggest twat that you have met in the music industry?