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Surprise, adventure, entertainment and education: Four key words often used for describing Dutch DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess. Using live (and in the studio) three turntables, Marcelle puts different styles of music in a different context. She changes the way we experience those individual styles. She fuses musical styles like no other, making it seem like they always belonged together and making the audience believe they are listening to one track instead of three played simultaneously!

She plays with expectations and roles: on her albums whales become singers, a thunderstorm is the bass and some fanatically religious shouting gives a dubby beat that extra twist. Left field techno, free jazz, weird hip hop, cutting edge electronica, new and old African dance music, dubstep and less classifiable records all get thrown into the Marcelle blender.

She is an original, skilled mixer, with a very distinctive style of her own, avoiding most dj-cliches and stale rules. As much inspired by avant garde art movements as fluxus and dada, the real life absurdism of Monty Python as by the wild experiments of dub, post-punk and the latest developments in electronic dance music – Marcelle has always been following musical developments very closely and has a keen ear for innovative and ‘new’ sounds. She strongly believes in the excitement and artfulness of creation and development. With her extensive record collection of some 15,000 vinyl and counting, Marcelle has a strong historical knowledge of past and contemporary ‘underground’ music.

On stage and on her records Marcelle transcends a sense of openness and a feeling of freedom, which often have her described as ‘totally enriching’, ‘a true ear opener’, a real ‘pioneer’. For Marcelle the musical form is in a way irrelevant, as long as some urgency is there and a need for not standing still. Therefore sometimes bookers, journalists and audience members initially get confused because Marcelle is hard to pigeonhole. A fitting description would be ‘avant garde ethno bass’ - but you decide. Marcelle is a resident dj in a lot of cities, amongst them Zürich, Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Lausanne.

Besides playing live all over the place she also does weekly and monthly radio shows for various radio stations.
For over 25 years she's been doing a weekly radio show, nowadays coming live from her Amsterdam house. Every Tuesday night her show is being broadcast on the internet by Dutch station DFM, but the shows gets repeated on various stations in Europe. On a John Peel discussion group on the internet she was described as the ‘best post-Peel DJ’.

Since 2008 Marcelle has released four double vinyl albums on the German Klangbad label, set up by Faust founding member Hans-Joachim Irmler.