Marius Houschyar is a musical alchemist, blending vibrant emotions and sounds to create a sonic tapestry that is both introspective and timeless. Hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, he is an artist, producer, and music selector who has studied Fine Arts and has a passion for graphic design. He creates his music in his rooftop studio, using a satellite dish to produce metallic-sounding percussive loops and painting them with sonic atmospheres that are as diverse as the shades of blue in the sky. His last album “Mavi” is a highly improvised and introspective journey that takes listeners on a spiritual journey through jazz and modern electronic music, evoking a sense of transcendence and wonder, released on Macadam Mambo.
Where are you from ?
I grew up in Germany, but I left the country almost 7 years ago. My home is in Istanbul for now.
Earliest musical memory?
At home my mother would always play a lot of funk music. I grew up with Prince. When I asked my mother what was the first music I ever heard as a baby, she said Aretha Franklin.
Why and when did you start making music?
Since I was really young I have been obsessed with music. I used to create compilations on CDs for my family and later started Djing when I moved out from my mothers house. In Dresden my good friend Niklas, who lived above me, introduced me to electronic instruments. Afterwards, especially during the time I moved away from Germany, I started to explore, buy instruments and build up my own musical world in which I will be at home forever. This space is something where I can truly be myself, a tool to express my feelings, without thinking about the rest of the world while finally being part of it.
How did you connect with Macadam Mambo ?
I met Sacha the first time on Camp Cosmic in 2017. Through the community we got to know each other, stayed in touch and always kept sharing music since then.
Some insight of the mix you recorded ?
As you asked me to create a mix that exemplifies my influences, I dived into stuff which has accompanied me since quite a long time. Obviously I usually put the music that inspires me in my mixes, but here I tried to pick a wide variety of artists and pieces that have influenced me and my work a lot in recent years while trying not to play anything I have played before in radio shows.
The mix contains some of the grandparents of the music I appreciate, such as Alice Coltrane, Robert Wyatt, Ahmad Jamal, Aydın Esen, Peter Michael Hamel, as well as some more contemporary artists and friends which have been a inspiration to me such as Şevket Akıncı, Alper Maral, Piotr Kurek and Sunfear. Finally everything is glued together by a series of field recordings I collected in Mexico in the past months..