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Marius Mane: ”Let the next-gen club kids take over the scene”

This DJ and producer wants to break free from the current club hierarchies.

Words: Stefanie Ravelli Photography: Isak Berglund Mattsson Mårn

Whether it's a broken heart, breaking ties with someone, or break free — there is no end to the amount of songs with the word 'break' in the title, from "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" by Neil Young to "I Want to Break Free" by Queen. Now this half Swedish half Norwegian DJ, producer and musician Marius Mane has recently released his debut album "Breaked Anthems". But this is no slow dance nostalgic love anthem, rather a trance-must-dance with tracks like "Speedfreak", "Bring Back the Beat" and "Cocky Junglist". We talked to the artist on a Wednesday night while he was sitting in his new apartment in Hässelby Gård outside Stockholm, sipping Lapsang.

You're kind of secretive, but you have worked with Swedish artists like Busu, Yemi and former member of Mando Diao Gustaf Norén to name a few. Who are you?

— Wow maybe I am... Never thought of it. Big question! I think I'm a pretty simple guy, someone who just really likes music and everything that comes with it. Right now I make rave music because that's what I dance to in clubs. Old school rave music, that is.

You recently released "Breaked Anthems" and had a release party at Häktet, a club and restaurant in Stockholm. Tell me about your personal project and how it differ from the other collaborations you've done.

— I wanted to make music in my own name so that I didn't have to wait for anybody, simple as that. I think I've always wanted to create something just by myself with my name on it. I just hadn't figured out in which direction I should go. But then it came so naturally to make the same music I wanted to play when I DJ.

I read that you are about to release a new project this fall – "20 minutes of Marius". Tell me more about that.

— That’s right! The benefits of being in charge of your own music is that you can release music so f*cking fast. "20 minutes of Marius" is now a four song project. The idea of the project is that I want to take down the bpm a bit compared to the album. The focus is more on 135 bpm songs that are easier to play out in clubs and stepping away from speedfreakish tracks that makes you spasm — to more sing-a-along tunes that makes you groove. But don't you worry, there'll be some jungle in there too.

Speaking of the rave and club scene, what do you think about the arenas in Stockholm? The club climate so to speak.

— I’ve spent hours talking about how much I hate it so I'll try to be nice. I really like that all my friends have been taking over the club scene lately, it makes me feel included and happy… let the younger generation take over! But other than that it's bullsh*t. Everybody who is in charge of a club is either racist or was outed during the #MeToo movement. And there's no outlet for the music I love, and there's too much drugs involved, way too much. I want people to go to clubs to dance.

And also, why are all the clubs and venues closing?

— Because people/politicians don't understand the importance of culture. Multimillion dollar companies understand it, that's why every festival and musician is #SponsoredBy… Who runs the world?

There’s a new narrative of sexuality and an exchange of power. There’s an acceptance and a change in masculinity that has happened after Me too. What is it like to be a man today?

— I think you need to start listening and be open-minded when people are trying to explain something that is maybe difficult to them, stop being so offended. Everyone is in charge of there own body and how they want to be described, nobody else!

Thom Yorke has called himself a “hypocrite” for flying around the world on tour while campaigning against climate change. What are your most hypocritical traits?

— Haha, oh Thom… I think mine is that I focus too much on the balance of being cool and interesting, and being myself. I usually want people to see me as that cool important kid with glasses on in the dark side of the dance floor. But what I really want to do is to be a part of a dance circle and start breakdancing. I think a lot of club kids can relate to that.

What does the future hold for the Scandinavian club music in your opinion

— I am pretty stoked to be a Scandinavian musician, I mean we have a lot to be proud of when it comes to dance music, both Sweden and Norway. I think most of my friends are holding it down.