It’s been four years since the club smash record ‘Coma Cat’ dominated the airwaves of radios, festivals and parties all over the world. Since then, Marco Niemerski aka Tensnake has been busying himself consistently touring and working on his official debut LP ‘Glow’, which was released back in March this year. The album, which embraces Tensnake’s influences from Pop, R&B and Disco, features a host of special guests including the legendary Nile Rodgers and Madonna’s super producer Stuart Price.




We spoke with the man himself who kindly put together our latest artist curated playlist on Spotify.



Read our interview with him below.

1.You recently released your debut album Glow. What were your inspirations for this record? 

My key inspirations were the early years of music listening, especially boogie and funk but also 90s r ‘n’ b. ’Glow’ is definitely more rooted in R&B and disco than techno. I produced ‘Feel Of Love’ in LA with Stuart Price – AKA the Thin White Duke – which sounds very Prince in a way. The amazing Fiora sings vocals on several of the album’s key tracks and Jamie Lidell also performs on ‘Feel Of Love’. And as most people now know, I am a big Chic fan and Nile Rodgers plays guitar on ‘Love Sublime’ and ‘Good Enough To Keep’. In general,  ‘Glow’ is inspired by my love of black music which you might not recognise on the first listen but on the second listen, people definitely pick up on that.

2. You worked with the legendary Nile Rodgers on the tracks ‘Love Sublime’ and ‘Good Enough To Keep’, how did that collaboration come about and what was the recording process like with him?

He is such a super-humble nice guy and I am so happy that we did two songs together. I’ve said before, but it’s true: I couldn’t believe how grounded he was. I sent him a message on Facebook, and didn’t really expect a reply, but he replied himself 20 minutes later and he said he knew my music, that he’d heard ‘Coma Cat’. I sent him the music and he called me and said, ‘Would you mind if I was just your session musician on this track’ which really was amazing! And he’s also so entertaining, I could listen to his stories for hours.”

3. You became well known first and foremost for big club records. On Glow, did you consciously want to explore other sounds and styles or did it just naturally happen?

It was a conscious decision. I always wanted to make a home-listening pop album, it was never meant to be a club album. It was about exploring different areas… as an artist, you want to develop and I don't want to limit myself.

4. Talk us through the songs on your Spotify playlist and why you chose them.

Here are three of my favourites on the list:

1.  Boomclap Bachelors - L-O-V-E (Tuff City Kids Remix) - I really like the band and its the Tuff City mix, one half is a good friend if mine, Gerd Janson. It’s also a timeless tune that will also work in 5 years time!

2. OutKast - Hey Ya’ - I'm a big Outkast fan and this song is super-happy with smart lyrics. It’s bordering on annoying – but in the end, just about right!

3. Tensnake - Coma Cat - Even now, it’s still making people happy – this song started everything and I owe everything to it. I always see happy faces when I drop it, even now…

5. We believe that happiness is better shared; please can you pick a song from your playlist and tell us who you’d like to share it with?

Fleetwood Mac – ‘Everywhere’ - It’s a great song and the lyric, “I wanna be with you everywhere”, that’s how I feel about my girlfriend! When you are on the road, this is wishful thinking.

6. Lastly, what does happiness look like for you in 2014?

It looks like playing amazing festivals in the summer season, being in the sun and hanging out with my friends!