Young Marco - What You Say?
The wait is finally over, Young Marco’s instant classic, What You Say? is here.
Maybe this is your first encounter. Or perhaps you were there during Marco’s viral Boiler Room set at Dekmantel festival. Or perhaps you heard it spun by some of the industry’s biggest names in recent weeks, since the likes of Job Jobse, KI/KI, Peggy Gou and the triple-threat that is Fred again…, Skrillex and Four Tet have all unleashed it on unsuspecting crowds.
Either way, the dancefloor anthem has been spreading like wildfire ever since that first smash-hit Boiler Room appearance.
With already such an impressive DJ career under his belt, What You Say? is sure to break new territory for Marco. After being picked up by Ministry of Sound and Sony and tipped as Radio 1 Dance’s Hottest Record, it marks a shift from underground hero to mainstream hit-maker.
The track’s history traces back to the confusing and contemplative days of lockdown. With much of Marco’s livelihood as a DJ depending on large groups of people being together, at times the future didn’t look too bright. That’s when Imogen Heap’s lyrics from Hide and Seek (the sampled track), took on a poignant note.
There is something about the vocal sample by the amazing Imogen Heap which feels very current, reflective and healing at this exact moment in time. My heart skipped a beat when I was listening to it on a rainy day during one of the lockdowns in the pandemic and I knew I had to build a song around it. I could almost already see people’s response to it. To actually see it happen now is quite surreal.’Young Marco - What You Say?
“Where are we? What the hell is going on? The dust has only just begun to fall,” sings Heap, in the ethereal original track that already captured the heart of Millenials and Gen Z alike, after being featured in television series, The O.C. and Normal People as well as being sampled by Jason Derulo. While listening to the track again during the pandemic, Marco felt it perfectly encapsulated the unique emotional rollercoaster we were collectively going through. Beyond that, he envisioned the impact it could have once we could all dance together again. And at Dekmantel 2022, that dream became everything he’d imagined, and more.
As the very last song in his set, What You Say? sent the crowd into ecstasy. A truly full-circle moment for Marco, who had imagined that moment over and over again before experiencing it IRL. Now viewed nearly 200,000 times — the moment has been shared with more than just the intimate crowd lucky enough to be there in person.
What You Say? was released 13th January 2023 by Safe Trip/Ministry of Sound/Sony.