FEATURE: the Elusive jungle classist, jazz – Marc OFX
*I did ask Marc OFX to share a few experiences of how having a creative outlet has hindered or helped him with his mental health -good and bad. I do respect that mental health is personal to an individual and not everyone feels okay to put their entire experiences on a blog to people. .We must respect that. We can still enjoy the music. Music is therapy. Being creative is therapy.
You are so nice to want to do an interview withme , I am honoured. Unfortunely I don’t speak very good english so I hope I coud express myslef clearly.
That was the moment I found my bad french kicking in to persuade him to talk about his music and open up about his personal experiences – one being mental health.
Mark OFX wondered how I found him and I told him Soundcloud and this song captured my interest because when I see Drum and Bass as a genre choice I am not always in that DOOF DOOF mood. I decided to take a risk and to my pleasure and delight, it wasn’t heavy. His music has a certain finesse to it.
Mark OFX is inspired by classical performers such as Eric Satie to classical music including, Ravel.I managed (with a bit of help) to find his background in his own words in English
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I found Marc OFX incredibly hard to track down. Until I found this gem with his bio and the sound system culture he has been a part of
I started folk and electric guitar at the age of 16. I quickly got a 4 cassette tracks, rhythm boxes, my first synths and then I started my first compositions and models.In 1997 I took classes at the CIM school of Jazz in Paris where I was taught harmony, music theory, the practice of jazz guitar, the history of jazz.
In 2000 I get an Akai S2000 sampler and I sampled everything and composed with a computer and Cubase 1.I participate in the collective of Aulnay-sous-bois (93) Mo’Bass which is oriented Drum & Bass. Several maxi are released under this label and quite a lot of underground parties. I also participate in the folk guitar to the album entitled PNY by Pascal Nyiri, singer and flutist.
I play guitar parts that are sampled for the production of the Insomniak rapper CD.I created several Trip-Hop and Drum & Bass projects, some of which were released on Good Citizen Factory, Sleepy Bass recordings, DNBB recordings, Good News Boppers, Strictly Nu Skool, Team 174 and other free labels in collaboration with Lady EMZ, , And Alice Joly.
I also worked three years with the singer Kats Bartok, we made an album and a few EPs.
From 2015 to 2016 I joined the group Marty Brown(Funk Soul Jazz Hip Hop) whose EP was released in auto-prod August 1, 2011
To take part and to support the sound system culture of amplified bass music.
Since 2011 their vision to has flourished with many producers from different genres of music who can work behind the scenes by connecting and experimenting with different genres of music by blending them.
And this is another project with my Nanterre friend Nayjam Bensonim who is a guitarist and sound engineering.
This is a project/ collaboration that Marc recently did (jungle producer) Eschaton – who is the director of the Omni, music label.