TOTD // 30/06 // Mr. Thing

Published: June 30, 2017, words by John Carter

Part of the SuncéBeat takeover


Upcoming events


Sun, 15 Oct 2017
London

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.

via youtube

Children Of Zeus

Still Standing 

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Perfect blend of Hip Hop & Soul, Konny Kon & Tyler Daley from Manchester have made so much great music already. This came out on a limited 7″ recently and will be on an upcoming EP on First Word Records very soon.”
via youtube

Tall Black Guy & Miles Bonny

This One Is For The Ladies & Gents 

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“From TBG’s latest LP Let’s Take A Trip, my favourite cut featuring Miles Bonny, been playing this a lot!”
via youtube

Omar & Leon Ware

Gave My Heart (Jazzy Jeff Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“One of my favourites off the latest Omar LP gets a super heavy remix by Jazzy Jeff and friends.”
via soundcloud

D'Angelo

She's Always In My Hair (14KT Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Absolutely incredible 14kt remix of D’Angelo covering Prince, super rare on vinyl, always get asked what this is when i drop this!”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

*