Sonic love travels in many dimensionsthrough visceral pathways of the senses, as a uniting force on dance floors everywhere, in movements spanning entire eras to unifywhether souls, states or nations. And as sonic love relates to house music, Marques Wyatt is a seminal pioneer. He is undoubtedly the most respected soulful dance DJ on the West Coast and amongst those in the United States. Wyatt is a fixture in an elite class of internationally sought after DJs; many folks associate him with "DEEP," the illustrious event that he nurtured in his hometown of Los Angeles-thriving and continuing today for 13 years.
Always a music fanatic, Marques' 2000+ record collection was assembled during his teenage clubbing days in LA. Rather than pursue a degree in civil engineering, he chose to follow this leading in music...and one that would next land him in New York City. In the years to come, Marques' keen tastes were further forged in the house fires of New York's finest: Larry Levan, Tony Humphries, Frankie Knuckles and David Morales.
Following his New York experiences, Marques continued to follow his internal GPS, which was to bring these East Coast sounds to his native Los Angeles via legendary under and above-ground parties. The most renowned of these events was "MAC's Garage," which changed club culture in LA circa '88. As the good word continued to spread throughout Los Angeles, the city's most respected promoters sought out Marques to infuse his East Coast-influencedn sound into the LA underground. In effect, Marques was the artery of the new movement's heartbeatat the tender age of 21.
After legal constraints forced the thriving movement from downtown warehouses to commercial clubs, celebrity hotspot "Helena's" scouted Marques to reinvent the club's musical direction. By coupling mainstream music with house rhythms during his sets, he lured some of the most discriminating socialites to the dance floor, including regulars Madonna and Prince. Marques had planted the seeds of underground house music, and a revolution was flourishing.
In the ensuing years, Marques promoted some of the most legendary house parties in Los Angeles such as "MAC's Garage" and the legendary after-hours "Does Your Mama Know" parties with partner Tony Largo. Another weekly event, "Prague," helped establish an enduring alliance between the house music movements of the East and West Coasts, where, in 1994, Marques booked Masters at Work's Little Louie Vega for the first time in the Los Angeles.
Following the event, Louie invited Marques to perform at Sound Factory Bar in New Yorka pivotal moment in earning Marques the respect of a discerning East Coast house community, along with his performances as one of the few elite West Coast DJs invited to the thriving jazz funk mecca of Giant Step.
Thereafter, Marques was a feature DJ at the infamous "Masters at Work BBQ" during Miami's Winter Music Conference in 1996. Marques' stellar five-hour set inspired international bookings by such clubs as London powerhouse Ministry of Sound.
Always remaining true to his inner visionary, Marques also introduced Los Angeles to acid jazz through "Brass" with partners Orlando Aguillen and Paul Stewart. The event further ventured into uncharted territory by debuting live performances of high profile acts as Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, Digable Planets, Galliano and Young Disciples. Residencies at "Love,""Sound Factory" and "Release" in San Francisco followed as Marques continued playing his own brand of uncompromising, soulfully organic house alongside talents such as Frankie Knuckles, Louie Vega, David Morales and Danny Tenaglia.
Marques has also channeled his gifts in the studio, producing tracks and remixes on revered labels such as Om Records, Strictly Rhythm, King Street, Nervous and Yoshitoshi. His partnership with Om Records began when founder Chris Smith invited Marques to release a mix. 2000's Sound Design, Volume 1 was subsequently released to global fanfare and critical acclaim, and the title track of his 2002 Om release, "For Those Who Like to Get Down," became a worldwide club anthem.
2010 saw Marques release several remixes with highlights including tracks "Subconscious (Marques' Deep Classic Remix)-Samantha James" and "Juju" by Black Coffee feat. Zakes Bantwini, all of which received fervent support from the underground dance scene, press, Traxsource and Beatport charts.
Marques' success is attested to his devout hunger for unleashing creative talent via inspiration, whether by performing behind the decks or allowing "DEEP" to serve as a platform for other talented artists to gain more profile in Los Angeles. As a result, the future for Marques forges on his path bringing about big evolutions in his career. He currently has a hectic schedule of reoccurring resedencies from the West to East Coast with "DEEP SF" in the bay area and "Cielo Gets DEEP" in New York.
Marques has devoted the near future to the studio where his true gifts and talents can be unleashed. 2012 and beyond promises to see the results of his new-found musical discoveries and yet always connecting back to house music roots. Marques is also committed to merging his worlds of music, yoga and other artistic spiritual expressions via consciousness-driven events. Marques' sets are known to turn huge dance floors into an intimate ritual. His talent and depth of experience from the studio to the dance floors brings together a superior knowledge of music, a hunger for new sounds, technical precision, and as he likes to say "connecting to the source" through sound and movement. Learn more about Marques and DEEP by visiting
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