Having made his name in the past few years as a reliable beacon of what’s new and fresh on US and world dancefloors, New Yorker Dubbel Dutch (aka Marc Glasser) has recently taken one step closer to the big time with his tune ‘Everything Nice’ (featuring dancehall star Popcaan). Although the track is currently boasting over 4.5 million views on YouTube, it was not born of the kind of cynical intentions that treasure social media presence. ‘[In] this culture we’re in right now everyone’s competing for metrics or likes,’ he says, ‘that sort of feels like what’s motivating certain people, whether they know it or not.’
Despite Glasser’s long-time love for dancehall as a listener, this song was a slight stylistic shift for him as a producer as he is better known for up tempo tunes aimed at the dance floor. Talking about ‘Everything Nice’, Glasser says, ‘It’s interesting because that was sort of the first thing I did where it wasn’t people who knew me at all, or what I was trying to accomplish on the dance floor or anything like that – it was about people just living their lives, on their way home from work in their cars, you know.’
Glasser wasn’t always into electronic music; before he became a DJ, he had a different, slightly less ‘hip’ performance outlet. ‘I was in a progressive rock and jazz fusion band before I started with electronic stuff,’ he says. ‘I was the lead and rhythm guitarist, mostly supplying the melodic content for the band.’
In fact, it’s Glasser’s penchant for light, innovative melodies which helps set him apart from the pack and ensures his music is a breath of fresh air in the club environment. But what’s the appeal of melody? ‘Club music can be stripped down and harsh and brutal,’ he explains, ‘and I guess part of what I’m trying to do is to reintroduce a wider range of emotions and make people feel something, and maybe then they will get some kind of healing through that, or be inspired [by it].’
This melodic approach is informed by his eclectic taste in music. ‘I can pretty much take influence from anywhere; it doesn’t matter,’ he says. And as if to prove his point, he informs us that recent listening habits have taken a turn for the unusual.
‘I’ve been listening to a lot of Goa trance for some reason, I don’t know why exactly,’ he laughs. ‘[I’m] kind of like stripping away the clichés and pulling some of the textures from it in my head, but [I’m] not sure where that’s going.’ If past performances are anything to go by, then we’re sure Glasser will find a way to make it hit.