Mark Cobián is Telling Deep, Dark Stories Through Subtractive Division

Lauren Krieger

With a taste for the deep, dark, and atmospheric, Mark Cobián has been telling electronic tales to New York City Underground crowds and audiences across the world through his hypnotic DJ sets. His Feelin FRISKY guest mix gave us a look into the way he creates infectious beats, mixing gripping techno with driving rhythms, taking listeners across the spectrum of sounds to keep you guessing and grooving from start to finish.

The introduction of his new show Subtractive Division on DEEP gives us the opportunity to catch up with Mark to learn more about his philosophy and methods working as a DJ & Producer. Through his words it’s obvious that his experience controlling the crowds of New York’s dedicated scene has given him a refreshing perspective on his role, and a deep knowledge of what the music can offer. My now new favorite quote, “A lot of DJ’s get too lost in ‘their’ moment, as opposed to ‘our’ moment.” exemplifies what makes Mark Cobián a DJ to look out for whether you’re searching for a dance floor to get down on, or a mix to get lost in, no matter where you are in the world.

Find out more and get ready for the premiere of Subtractive Division on January 22nd @ 6PM EST [convert timezone]:

What first started your interest in electronic music? 

Being the baby of six, my siblings were always playing music in the house growing up. My siblings are a lot older, and I can remember the 80’s new wave really striking a chord with me.

Can you share some influential moments when you first were getting into DJing? 

I really liked the idea of being a one man band. No one to coordinate schedules with, and no opposing views. I used to play in bands and those were always the standard issues. It made my decision to crossover, that much easier.

Besides the technology, has your approach to DJing changed since you began? What are the most valuable lessons that you have learned which help you today?

With experience, comes wisdom. I definitely have a different approach when preparing for gigs, than when I first started. I’ve seen the worst and best of nights throughout the years, and sometimes, as a DJ, it’s completely out of your control. I guess the way I handle it now, and not take it too personally, is where I’ve grown and matured as an artist. Unless, it was my doing, of course. Then, I’ll beat myself up over it. Haha.

What are you most proud of in your career? 

I’m most proud of being able to play in such a great circuit in NYC. I’m a guy from the small state of Connecticut, and to be part of something this competitive, and supportive, has really been an honor for me.

What do you think is your most important role behind the decks?

My most important role is to be present.

A lot of DJ’s get too lost in “their” moment, as opposed to “our” moment. I believe it’s important, that we as DJ’s, pay attention to what’s going on out there (the dance floor), so we can properly curate the night for the loyal party goers.

I believe it’s important, that we as DJ’s, pay attention to what’s going on out there (the dance floor), so we can properly curate the night for the loyal party goers.

How would you describe your personal taste in music? What do you look for in the music you select? 

I’ve always been drawn to the darker side of the spectrum. It’s got to have a bit of melody, but not too much. It also has to be deep, and driving as well.

Do you have a favorite venue or city to play at? What about a dream destination?

My favorite venue is closing it’s doors, this year. Cielo in NYC was my favorite club to play. As far as dream destinations, there’s too many to list. I hear Buenos Aires is a great city to play, though.

On that note, if you could B2B with any DJ, who would you want to spin with? 

James Holden. It’s not like we even play the same style, but I always found his track selection intriguing. It would be interesting to see what he’d answer with, after playing a few tracks from my collection.

I’d love to hear the story behind the name Subtractive Division – how does that represent your music?

Remove (Subtract) and Separate (Divide) As an artist, I try my best to be Me. It’s very easy to follow trends, and play the popular tunes, but I feel that puts you in a tough spot. I don’t want to remembered as someone who played it safe. I want to be remembered as someone who did their own thing, on their own Island, removed and separate from others. Subtractive Division is Me. 🙂

Is there anything else you’d like to share? 

I’m really looking forward to being part of FRISKY, and what 2019 has to offer.

So are we! Catch the premiere on January 22nd @ 6PM EST [convert timezone] or listen anytime / anywhere after with a FRISKY Premium Subscription & FRISKY Mobile Apps.