Whether you know him as the backbone producer/dj of Jurassic 5, or know him for his solo production work on such albums as his Broken Sunlight Series and collaborations with the likes of Hilltop Hoods, J-Live, Aloe Blacc, The Lonely Island, Mark Farina, Dave Navarro, Ice-T and Cut Chemist (just to name a few), or know him for his electrifying and original DJ sets that he tours on constantly, or maybe you’re like me and spotted Nu-Mark way back in 2001 when he appeared on the documentary Scratch.
Or maybe you have no prior familiarity with Nu-Mark’s music at all and caught him for the first time at this years Shambhala Music Festival, where he played a funk riddled set at the Village Stage on the Saturday night of the party. Whatever your connection with DJ Nu-Mark may be, you most likely respect him for not only his music accreditations but also his longevity in hip hop culture. He’s constantly improving himself and those around him and even though he’s been a staple in hip hop for quite a long time, he still finds new and exciting ways to bring fresh concepts and ideas to the table (like his DJ/Toy sets for example).
We caught up with Mark at Shambhala this year to discuss such topics as: differences between festivals in other countries & continents/ what makes Shambhala unique?/ are raves still a part of counter-culture?/ corporate attachments at music festivals/ the playing-producer vs. the traditional dj/ inspiring moments that made him pursue a career as a DJ/ the first record Mark ever bought/ how he stays rooted and pure to himself/ his new album with Slimkid3/ defining ‘Happiness’/ taking spliff breaks and much more..
Support DJ Nu-Mark by copping his new album with Slimkid3 (The Pharcyde) – itunes.com/slimkid3-dj-numark
Thank you to Nu-Mark for being such a humble, down to earth person and taking the time to chat with us. Also thank you to Mitch and Britz at Shambhala and of course last but definitely not least, thank you to the talented crew of individuals that I worked alongside to make this happen, Daniel J. Pierce, Spencer Rieu and Johnny Erwin. This is the first of several videos we shot at Shambhala…more to come! Stay tuned.. #spliffbreaks