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German-born label boss Marcel Vogel is one of the important DJs around right now. His 2010-established Lumberjacks In Hell imprint is a mainstay amongst the prominently authentic outputs of classic Chicago and disco-focused house, with an impressive roster hosting established names like Karizma, Mr Mendel, Rahaan, Al Kent and Eddie C. Based in Amsterdam, the label lays its focus on obscure disco edits, raw house cuts and its three year old nu-disco sub-label – Lumberjacks Boogie. Aside from his main dance output, Marcel Vogel also heads up the 2013 born Intimate Friends label, releasing neo-soul influenced jazzy house from alternative producers like London’s Reginald Omas Mamode IV, Dear Earth and NY*AK.
The first Lumberjacks In Hell outing came from Marcel Vogel himself, under his Em Vee moniker. In 2010, he released his first Em Vee Edits edition on Lumberjacks In Hell in the form of 3 disco-funk edits of cult tracks from The Rolling Stones, James Brown and The Drells. Since his emergence, Marcel Vogel has earned a glowing reputation as an impeccable selector of quality music both old and new, with a masterful approach to creating edits that bridge the gap between old-school disco-house and contemporary electronica.
In Germany, Marcel Vogel grew up around the influence of vocal-led RnB, soul and hip-hop, which later stirred the original roots of funk, disco and house. His first interest in music came at a young age, when he began to trace back hip-hop samples to early soul and disco music, which shifted a change in his musical direction. He then began to DJ at the age of 16, inspired by the greats like Theo Parrish, Terrence Parker and Ron Hardy.
With over 20 years of experience behind the decks, the Amsterdam resident DJ and producer has become one of the most sought after producers out there. His latest project showcases his soulful gospel side in the forthcoming Deadpool EP alongside Baltimore’s finest Karizma on Lumberjacks In Hell. With gigs lined up all over Europe, this March he’ll be playing at a Lumberjacks In Hell showcase alongside Rahaan for Fade To Zaire’s 5th Birthday at Basing House in Shoreditch on March 18. Tickets available via Resident Advisor here.
Ahead of this gig, we’ve been granted a glimpse into Marcel Vogel’s 20-year-in-the-making record collection. Listen and read his thoughts below.