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Mission Makers Podcast | London | UK

MARSHALL JEFFERSON

S4: EP 9

THE MAKING OF

HOUSE MUSIC HISTORY

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In this episode, we had the immense privilege of interviewing Marshall Jefferson live from International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza on behalf of Point Blank last year. IMS is a global thought-leadership platform in the music industry based on the core value pillars of culture, education, wellness, and technology. Established in 2007 by Pete Tong MBE and Ben Turner, the summit was created to catalyze sustainable growth within the diverse global music industry and to inspire positive change from the boardroom to the dancefloor. Our host, Farah Nanji, has the honor of being a lecturer at Point Blank and a curator at IMS, so this episode felt quite fitting!

 

Marshall is a true luminary and pioneer in electronic music, particularly noted for his groundbreaking contributions to house music. Marshall's iconic track from 1986, 'Move Your Body' remains a cornerstone in the genre's history, embodying his innovative spirit and setting a standard that continues to influence contemporary music production.

 

THE GENESIS OF A MASTERPIECE

 

Marshall reminisces about the genesis of 'Move Your Body', reflecting on the blank canvas of creativity from which it emerged. Despite the absence of modern digital tools, Marshall's vision and inspiration were palpable, leading to the creation of a timeless masterpiece. ‘Move Your Body’ was the first house music record that incorporated piano into house music marking a revolutionary moment in electronic music, and setting a precedent that still resonates in today's productions.

 

Integral to the track's allure are the captivating vocals, expertly curated through collaboration with vocalist Curtis McClain. Marshall sheds light on his workflow, emphasizing the synergy required to craft a truly exceptional record. Furthermore, he delves into the meticulous groove construction, revealing the analog techniques employed to achieve its infectious rhythm.

 

THE PRODUCTION JOURNEY

 

Balancing the myriad elements of a hit record is no small feat, yet Marshall's adeptness in arrangement shines through in 'Move Your Body'. He shares insights into the challenges faced during production, underscoring the resilience needed to overcome obstacles and realize his artistic vision.

 

The journey from conception to release was not without hurdles, as Marshall recalls the initial skepticism surrounding the track's genre-defying nature. Despite initial resistance, 'Move Your Body' triumphed, cementing its status as a seminal house music anthem and reshaping the cultural landscape of the Chicago club scene.

 

Reflecting on the record's enduring success, Marshall highlights the unforeseen impact it has had on shaping the trajectory of house music. As technology continues to evolve, so too does Marshall's sound, with a keen eye towards embracing innovation while staying true to his artistic roots.

 

IN CLOSING

 

In closing, Marshall offers sage advice to aspiring producers, emphasizing the importance of authenticity and perseverance in navigating the ever-changing landscape of music production.

 

Join us as we embark on a journey through the rich tapestry of Marshall Jefferson's musical legacy, celebrating the indelible mark he has left on the world of electronic music.

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Lessons To Fuel Your Mission
  • every masterpiece starts as a blank canvas

  • passion ignites the journey, persistence fuels it

  • transform obstacles into the stepping stones for success

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