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Part of the SuncéBeat takeover
Marc Bowles aka Mr. Thing first touched the turntables in 1987. His first experience with scratching was through a modified stack hi-fi, but soon after this he began to work on his craft as a DJ when two friends in his hometown of Kent bought Memorex belt drive turntables and a mixer. As you can imagine, belt drive systems are not a scratcher’s best friend. His young crew had to resort to only cutting 45s from Woolworths and car boot sales until his local youth club bought a pair of Technic 1210s.
Mr. Thing’s musical background came primarily from his mother, who was heavily into Motown, led to legends such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gay, Otis Redding and George Benson gracing his childhood ears. As he grew older, the world of Hip Hop was introduced to Bowles by his cousin, who was the one who could afford the records and send them to Bowles to tape. His cousin seemed to be the primary driver in his music taste, with 1989 being a key moment in his development. “The day I passed my driving test [my cousin] rung me up and said ‘My mate has just given me a load of disco records, you want them?’ so I went round there to pick them up. This was 1989, Chocolate milk, Bernard Wright etc…” Mr Thing reveals in an interview for Broken Culture.
Fast forward 10 years and Marc Bowles is winning the DMCs with Scratch Perverts. The icon group formed following battles in his hometown, which saw Bowles eventually taking trips to London to play at Bongo’s. Sadly, soon after their DMC victory, the crew split up due to music differences. Half veered towards spinning d&b and dubstep, whereas Mr Thing began championing the soulful side of dance music.
This love for groove coupled with decades of high-class turntable experience has found Mr Thing touring the world under his solo alias. Come August, he will be bringing the sunshine vibes to none other than SuncéBeat. Ahead of his performance, we invited Mr Thing to dig for the Dalmation coast to close out our SuncéBeat takeover.