Canadian DJ and producer Marc Houle has spent the last 10 years notching up top quality techno and house outings for the likes of Richie Hawtin’s esteemed Minus label before branching out with friends Magda and Troy Pierce on their own Items & Things imprint.
His latest release sees him unveil his latest long-player in the shape of “Cola Party”, nine tracks of tough edged techno with plenty of crossover appeal. Check the preview below and pick it up on digital download or vinyl when it lands at the end of June
To find out more about the man behind the music we caught up with him to talk about ten tracks that influenced him when he was starting out and have continued to leave their mark over the years. It’s a tremendous selection of music that offers an insight into Houle’s productions…over to the man himself
Under The Influence with Marc Houle
Intro – Count to Ten (Sesame Street)
Sesame Street in the 70s was full of crazy synths and sounds that really got my ear going and wanting more. I’m still walking around the house singing all the songs 35 years later.
Philip Glass – The Grid (Koyaanisqatsi OST)
This came out right when I had gotten my first casio keyboard. I had never heard mechanical melodies like this and I went to work replicating all the songs with my tiny synth and a tape deck.
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Berlin – The Metro
This song represents the years and years I spent buying and listening to new wave records. I’m a big new wave and indie synth fan. At that time, all these new synths and drum machines were coming out on the market feeding and feeding my brain.
John Foxx – Underpass
This guy is the champion of moody dark synth pop. Strong melodies with dark undertones and counter melodies. An inspiration to me and all my friends.
Twilight 22 – Siberian Nights
I loved early hip hop and couldn’t get enough. Luckily in North America it was all over the place thanks to the breakdance craze. I’d say this is probably why I love my 808 and have been using it for 20 years.
Steve “Silk” Hurley – Jack Your Body
My sister brought a mix tape back from Chicago in the 80s and this was on it. I listened to it every day for years because for me there was nothing else on the planet like it. It was my intro to simple melodies and fun simple vocal lines. It still makes me dance.
Steve Poindexter – Computer Madness
I remember being at a party with Magda in Detroit and this song came on. I made her go find out what it was and get me a copy. Thanks Magda. Video games + synth + techno + house. You can hear the knobs being moved – mistakes and all. It’s beautiful.
Kraftwerk – Numbers
I was dumpster diving in the high school near my house when I was little and came out with a Judas Priest cassette and a Kraftwerk cassette. One I listened to endlessly for the next few years and the other not so much. They changed my life by changing the way I heard and thought about music.
Aphex Twin – Flim
Right when I was getting bored with music and I thought everything was sounding the same, this guy came along and made his own genre. I’ve learned since then to never think that music was over.
Ricardo Villalobos – Easy Lee
Magda and Troy sent this back to me in Canada when they were in Europe. It was the new sound and it was different than the Detroit mechanical techno sound. After hearing this and Dexter, I learned that I can put some of my moody new wave melodies with techno beats and people will still like it and dance.
Get your ears around one of the standout tracks from “Cola Party” below: