“I met James Murphy before DFA started.” Marcus explains. “We ended up sharing an office space in New York in this amazing building owned by a mutual friend, it’s actually where the DFA Studio is today. We started hanging out and chatting and hit it off in regards to music. He introduced me to some great rock bands and I showed him good dance music and that’s where it all started.”
James Murphy’s original idea for Death From Above was that it would be an institution in which a group of friends could hang out in and create. It was within this little group of talented comrades that Marcus would hone his skills.
“Obviously as things went on and LCD Soundsystem got successful everyone started to spread their own wings, but the core of artists still remained really close. My best friends in the world, besides my friends at home, are people on DFA.”
Out of all the DFA collaborations Marcus was involved in he’s adamant that working with James Murphy himself was the most rewarding.
“My first rough cuts were embarrassing, so with James being heavily involved in production early on I ended up learning a lot. Although it wasn’t just the production that he helped with. He just knows how to make a song sound good. For example, he was originally supposed to sing the lyrics on ‘Losing my Patience’, but Hot Chip were playing in New York that night and James suggested that Alexis Taylor would be perfect for the track. So we went to the show and asked him and he came down the next day and did it. Having that vision for the record was amazing.”