When it comes to clear-cut, highly effective House music, there’s almost no chance you haven’t heard of German prolific artist Marc O’Tool yet or at least danced your socks off to various of his productions. Born and raised in Essen, Marco became an active part of the electronic music scene at a time, when demos still have been sent out on tape. Running one of North Rhine-Westfalia’s first Techno venues, the “Passarella Club” bringing early legends such as Laurent Garnier, Daniel Bell or Jeff Mills to his hometown, and his first signing with a record label went almost hand-in-hand. The course of his life was set.
Now, more than two decades later, he can look back on more than 200 releases and remixes for the likes of Tiesto and INXS. It’s whether a secret nor his prestige that Marc O’Tool was an influential figure of the Progressive House movement beginning of this century, with tracks such as “Passenger” or Criss Source’s “Hugs’n’kisses” becoming crossover club hits on an international level.
Surviving far more than one musical craze by constantly reinventing his artistic roots, Marco has grown from a club dj and producer to a versatile musician and business man, running his own record label Mauritius Music, producing various acts, composing jingles / commercials and being equipped and outfitted by diverse industry brands.
„Allow me to be“ is Marc O’Tool’s third artist album to date and the debut long player on Alex Flatner’s imprint Circle Music after several already foregone EPs. In 11 songs this album pays tribute to sounds, riffs and grooves that have not only significantly influenced Marco since his first contact with electronic music, but made a major impact on dance music since its birth. Expect vintage sounds and chords in the veign of Inner City, Marshall Jefferson and Dave Clarke, refined and brought into a modern outfit and combined with Marco’s composing and songwriting skills as well as production support from close friends such as Criss Source, Stu Patrics or Marc Vision.
An album, that does not claim to re-invent the House wheel, but rather wants to be understood as a tailor-made party suit: personal, cultivated and precisely sound-designed with premium material to make you feel and look good while dancing.