marcus whale: music to... blow your sax to

The musician offers an adult take on childhood music lessons.

by i-D Staff
17 January 2017, 1:55am

It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that Marcus Whale played saxophone as a kid. The Inland Sea musician and member of Black Vanilla, Collarbones, Scissor Lock and Tennis Boys has clearly always been cool. Looking back at his brief brass-stage he remembers, "playing the saxophone really happens in the diaphragm, or even lower, at the pelvic floor, which empowers all that idle air hanging out in your lungs. I think what appealed to me was how playing a wind instrument sonifies your guts." Hearing his muscles wrestling air through an instrument appealed to him, long after he put down the sax.

With his new mix for i-D he melds his past and present self, blending a tenor sax quartet with dance tunes. Not that it's all serious, "Look out for the hilarious mashup I made of a Friendships track and 2003 chart dance hit Just Won't Do".

Music to shift your mood from staying in to staying up all night...Let It All Out 2012, Mike Q

Music for fiery arguments and emotional goodbyes... Get Gone, Fiona Apple

Music to kiss and make up to... Sorry, Ciara

Music to heal a broken heart... flickering, serpentwithfeet

Music to get high to... The Drop, The Haxan Cloak

Music to change your night from mediocre to magnificent... Rewind (Air Max '97 More Uptempo Remix), Kelela

Music to take a long drive to... Drive By, The Necks

Music to walk down the aisle to... the entirety of The Disintegration Loops, William Basinski

Music you'd like played at your funeral... Fly Like A Bird, Mariah Carey

Music to have sex to... Soon, My Bloody Valentine

Music to celebrate your birthday to...Landslide, Fleetwood Mac

Music guaranteed to give you serious swagger... Black Quarterback, Death Grips

Music to make even the wallflowers dance... Can't Get You Out of My Head, Kylie

Music to play at the afterparty when it's 6am and the sun is beginning to rise... complete silence, ideally.

Music that could put even an insomniac to sleep... Grain Loops, Austin Buckett


Battle Trance - Blade of Love I

Bulma - Innocence

Jikuroux x Abra - Slow Pressure Big Boi (Cache One Blend)

The Body - Two Snakes

Fortunes - Bomber (friendships in tune death remix)

Scattered Order - Full Metal Rubic

Sharaya J - Big (DJ Plead Edit)


Friendships X Tim Deluxe - When It Just Won't Do I Murder (MW Smash)

Embaci - Frecuency (Imaabs Remix)

Fraxinus X Mariah Carey - Butterfly Resistor (MW Smash)

Strict Face - White Rovers

Princess Nokia - Mine (Prod. Sammy)

Hyde - Halen

Fifty Grand - take the ocean, and keep it (ft. drew the architect)

Dj MacKeeper - Pipe PSI

Fis - Independently Together

serpentwithfeet - penance

Marcus (Not Singing) - Doomboy

Marcus will be playing Good Island in Melbourne Saturday, February 4. To win tickets email your full name to Good luck!


Photography Jarred Beeler

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