Marc Houle has been wowing techno-lovers for over a decade by creating seminal records that not only helped define the minimal sound of the mid-'00s but went on to transcend it with releases on labels like Minus and Items & Things. Armed with hundreds of unheard tracks, this prolific producer creates a live performance that is constantly evolving night after night, in city after city, at clubs and festivals worldwide. And there seems to be no slowing down for Houle. 2013 saw a slew of releases, starting with a collaboration EP in May with one of techno’s biggest stars, Miss Kittin, followed by another collaboration EP with Items & Things artists Click Box in September. A full-length album in spring 2014 and more remixes and releases on multiple labels will keep us excited as the year goes on.
After well over a decade of crafting his own style of underground electronic music, inspired as much by Chicago house and Detroit techno as by analogueue-synth new wave and ‘80s video games, Windsor, Ontario-born Marc Houle still surprises with every live performance, adjusting to the atmosphere of a club or a massive outdoor festival by pulling out tracks that consistently stun. Named one of Resident Advisor’s Top 20 Live Acts of 2013, Houle counts multiple albums, EPs and remixes as part of his repertoire, on labels such as Richie Hawtin’s Berlin-based Minus and his own prolific imprint Items & Things, co-founded with producers Troy Pierce and Magda. In 2012, Houle made some of his signature sounds publicly accessible via a Remiix app developed by tech company, Liine. In 2013 alone, Houle worked on releases with techno luminaries Miss Kitten and Click Box, and launched moody synth-pop band La Folie with musicians Joaquim dos Santos and Clelia Cantoro. Not only does Houle arrive in the midst of several globe-spanning appearances and with a new Items & Things four-track EP, Fusion Pop, but he's also appearing as part of Richie Hawtin’s concept show, ENTER.MUTEK.
Jean-Drapeau Park 04/06/2006Raised in Windsor, Ontario and currently dividing his time between New York and Berlin—a geographical arrangement fitting for his role as part of the Minus family of artists—Marc Houle was until recently best known as one third of Run Stop Restore (alongside Troy Pierce and Magda). He's lately come into his own as a solo artist with releases on Minus and remixes for Ellen Allien, Troy Pierce, Imiafan, and the Esperanza label. While Houle's productions take in influences ranging from synth-pop to classic techno, his current work is best described as minimal, restrained, and ingeniously polyrhythmic. While many live techno appearances consist in space-bar pushing, Houle's live PAs are marked by a questing, improvisatory spirit that renders no two gigs the same.