Anjunadeep’s Marsh Sees Room For Growth Within Cincinnati’s Dance Music Scene

Who knew that the Brighton, England-bred electronic music producer, Marsh (real name Tom Marshall), was now living in Cincinnati, Ohio? We certainly didn’t.

The classically trained pianist began music production by studying Music Technology at a London college and credits the three-disc album compilation, “Classic Euphoria,” as his first introduction to Trance.

Over the years, his musical tastes deepened from the emotions he found in early Trance music to Progressive House. It’s these early inspirations that have continued to contribute to Marsh’s signature atmospheric and melodic sound.

Marsh talks Cincinnati

Released in October 2012, “Sleeping Now” (Silk Music) grabbed the attention of Above & Beyond and was supported as Record Of The Week and Web Vote Winner on their radio show, “Group Therapy.” Since then, Marsh has remixed the Anjunabeats label owner’s March 2016 release, “Counting Down The Days’, and later received a guest mix invite to the radio program.

In June 2017, Marsh released his debut artist album, “Life On The Shore” (Silk Music) with the single, “Make” accumulating over 7.5M streams on Spotify alone. In total, his Spotify page has surpassed 10M streams. Marsh has also signed to Anjunadeep.

With over 60 releases, and supporting Above & Beyond on multiple Group Therapy tour dates, the talented artist continues to tell his story of healing and inner peace through his enchantingly deep and Progressive sound with his latest EP offering, “Eu Topos.”

Marsh talks Cincinnati
Marsh – Eu Topos EP Cover Art

Commonly lost to vibes and emotions behind the decks, Marsh is equally at home sharing the bill with legends Sasha & Digweed, Guy J, and will travel just a few miles to Mad Frog on Saturday, February 1, 2020, to perform.

We recently caught up with Marsh for a brief Q&A, and he was kind enough to provide us with the following:

On the heels of your Mad Frog show on Saturday, explain the importance of connecting with our local community that has frankly, not enjoyed a major label recording Trance artist residing in the area.

  • Cincinnati is suffering from an electronic music drought. I’ve never seen or attended a show here for underground dance music, and I’m sad to say that none of my peers are stopping here on their tours. I would love to see the city develop a community of electronic music lovers. I know they’re out there. At the very least, we need a monthly night in a decent venue that we can all go to.

Tell the folks of Cincinnati what made you want to move here and what you do job-wise when you’re not producing and traveling to promote your outstanding music. 

  • I moved here in 2017 to marry my wife, Maddy, who was born and bred in Kentucky. These days, I’m very fortunate to be doing music full time. When I’m not producing and traveling, I like to get together with friends, visit the various breweries we have here in the city, read, play nerdy board games and watch films/shows.

Explain in detail the importance, and more specifically, the ability to not cut a song off too early when playing a proper Trance DJ set. Many of today’s artists can play Trance but are not Trance DJs – there’s a difference! Do you come into a set with a pre-determined setlist, or do you feel your crowd out and play to them?

  • This all depends on where my set is and how long my set time is. If I’m playing 1-2 hours, I will often play 100% of my records, released and unreleased. I will usually plan this out. If I’m playing for 2-3 hours, I will build a playlist of my released and unreleased music, add all my current favorite tracks from other producers and go with the flow on the night.

How important is this tour to further your brand, and what can we look forward to when you play Mad Frog on Saturday?

  • Touring presents a special and unique opportunity for people who enjoy my music to meet me and hear their favorite record played on a good sound system. This is really important to me. When I play at Mad Frog, you will be able to look forward to hearing my latest releases and lots of unreleased music I have in the works. 

Talk a little bit about “Eu Topos” and some of the challenging moments you discovered when making this EP. How is this offering different from releases in the past?

  • The ‘Eu Topos EP’ is overall a chunkier, harder-hitting record than what I’ve put out up until now, ‘Eu Topos’ being my favorite of the three records. I’m used to releasing slightly more emotion-driven House music. “Sit Tight” and “Joy” are more club focussed, and so I wrestled with whether or not I actually wanted to put these two tracks out!
Marsh talks Cincinnati

Tickets for Marsh’s Cincinnati performance are still available for $10 or can be purchased at the venue’s front door.

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