Marc Houle

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Biography

  • Marc Houle has been wowing audiences for over a decade with a live performance that is constantly evolving night after night, in city after city, at clubs and festivals worldwide.
    Marc Houle has been wowing audiences for over a decade with a live performance that is constantly evolving night after night, in city after city, at clubs and festivals worldwide. The skill and effort that goes into creating these truly 'live' sets is the result of an entire lifetime dedicated to electronic music and a deep love of the machines that make it. Raised adjacent to Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, in the same fertile music community that spawned Richie Hawtin, Houle’s obsession with electronic sounds goes back to the noise of ’80s video games and vintage synthesizers. And while too many electronic artists use their machines as merely tools of convenience, Houle regards his with a dedication found in few producers. The results have been extraordinary. A decade-long career of seminal records on Hawtin’s Minus label, as well as his own Items & Things imprint, that not only helped define the beloved minimal sound of the mid-‘00s (“On It”), but had a laugh at its expense (“Techno Vocals”), before transcending the limits of the sub-genre completely by incorporating industrial, disco and new wave influences (“Undercover”). A committed live performer, he arrives at each gig equipped six superb albums worth of material, whilst the inception of his new project alongside Octopus Recordings founder Sian sees this number multiply extensively, as the duo weave together hypnotic, warping soundscapes as they deliver Marsian (Live), with their 2018 debut tour which began in Detroit and navigated throughout the Americas setting the tone and vision from the off. And then there is the steady stream of new music - whether it's material on the likes of Innervisions, where Houle has contributed to the label’s renowned 'Secret Weapons' series as well as delivering his stand out 'Silver Siding' EP, or remixes of classic cuts (like those found on the 10-year anniversary remix of his Restore album by Joris Voorn, Popof, Julian Jeweil and Danny Daze), plus a string of Items & Things remix packages that have welcomed artists such as Chloe and Tobi Neumann to the imprint to date. Not strictly bound to electronic music in the traditional sense, Houle’s work has also led to explorations into film, producing a score of Kurutta Ippeiji’s 1926 original silent film 'A Page of Madness' to critical acclaim. Add the equation a deeply rooted connection and affinity with the city of Detroit, widely regarding as the birthplace of Techno, and equally as close ties to Houle’s current adopted home of Berlin, exemplified through his creation and development of 2018’s 'Sound of Berlin' documentary soundtrack, and it’s no wonder Houle’s records have found their way into the crates of DJs far-flung from his typical list of peers.
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    Selected discography

    ALBUMS Sinister Mind - IT036 - 2017 Restored - MINUSMIN35 - 2015 Cola Party - I&T30 - 2014 Undercover - IT012 - 2012 Drift - MINUS98 - 2010 Sixty-Four - MINUS64 - 2008 Bay of Figs - MINUS42 - 2006 Restore - MINUS23 - 2004 EPs Silver Siding EP - IV66 2016 Fusion Pop EP - IT029 2014 Razzamatazz EP - IT025 - 2013 Where Is Kittin? EP - IT022 - 2013 Zorba EP - WYS!015 - 2012 Undercover Single - IT011 - 2012 Salamandarin - MINUS88 - 2009 Licking Skin - MINUS78 - 2009 Techno Vocals - MINUS50 - 2007 REMIXES It's On Me - Alexi Delano & Marcelo Rosselot - YKZ005 Words Gone - Popof - HOTC060 Obsessed - M.A.N.D.Y. - GPM263 Zipp - Krankbrother - NA006 Shame Cube - Sian - OCT62 Pulse Train - Nicolas Bougaieff - TRAPEZ155 Exit Strategy - Arthur Oksan - RTCOMP429 The Butcher - Battant - 64784 Isolation - Vosper - MEANT017 - 2013 Cylinder - Tunnel Signs - HAKT006 - 2013 Caminho De Dreyfus - Red Axes feat. Abrao - Correspondant16 - 2013 Kybernetik - Nyma - IT020 - 2013 Brickwall - Alex Raphael (Jackathon) - HPJJ002 - 2012 Computrfnk - Vector Lovers - Soma355D - 2012 Erma - Remain & Electric Rescue - IDEAL22 - 2012 Very Bad - Marc Houle - IT015 - 2012 All I can Think About - App - WYS008 - 2011 Michael Jackson - Phil Kieran & Green Velvet - PKRD009 - 2011 Headcase - Plastikman - MINUS100 - 2011 The Night - Terence Fixmer - TURBO105 - 2011 The Butcher - Battant, Butcher, Bruise - KTDJ016 - 2009 Subtil - Midimiliz - SONICULTURE009 - 2008 I Am - Alloy Mental - SKINT145D - 2008 Modern Walk - Gesaffelstein - GL31 - 2008 Nimrod - Matt Tolfrey - LEFTCD001 - 2007 Ardorant Remix - Marc Houle - MINUSPROMO - 2007 Asteroid Compound - Louderbach - UND/009 - 2006 150 Reasons To Bite You - Jorge Savoretti - ESPERANZA003 - 2006 Turbo Dreams - Ellen Allien & Apparat - BPC124 - 2006 25 Bitches - Troy Pierce - MINUS39 - 2006 Strawberry Dream - Imiafan - 4MG1201 - 2005 Kill The Pain - Slam feat. Dot Allison - SOMA180 - 2005 Sequential Circus - Actual Jakshun - MINUS27 - 2005 CONTRIBUTED Villain Of The Dance Floor - Variables mixed by Magda - IT016CD - 2012 Slowpe - Down & Out Vol. 1 - IT07 - 2011 Helen In The Keller - Helen In The Keller EP - MINUS80 - 2009 Porch - Expansion | Contraction - MINUS58 - 2007 A-Sides For Life - Kontakt [3] | Min2MAX Tour - MINUS:K3 - 2007 Extreme - Spies & Lies - IT02 - 2007 Turtle Feet - Kontakt [2] | RTW - KONTAKTRTW - 2006 Simpler - min2MAX - MINUS40 - 2006 Kicker - Spaceships And Pings - IT01 - 2006 Ranchor Keeper - DE9 | Transitions - MINUS32 - 2005 East To West - Minimize To Maximize - MINUS25 - 2005 Geometry - Geometry EP - MINUS20 - 2004