Mick Marsh, NYC DJ & nightlife promoter, RIP
Mick Marsh, a regular fixture in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg nightlife scene and DJ at Motor City, Pianos, Enid's, and more, has died. Details are scarce but tributes have been pouring in. Having grown up in California, Mick was a walking music encyclopedia, having been a mod in the '80s and, on moving to London, put his deep knowledge and good taste to use and quickly became an in-demand soul DJ, spinning at Erol Alkan's "Trash" night and more. (This was well before Jonathan Toubin did similar things in NYC.) Mick moved to NYC in the early '00s, where he soon found himself part the LES scene, spinning records at many spots on Ludlow St (Motor City in particular) and creating his own DJ nights.
While Mick wasn't in bands, he might as well have been; he was tight with the psych/shoegaze scene and counted The Warlocks, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and others as friends. He had moved back to California and was most recently living in San Francisco.
"Any day you saw Mick Marsh was automatically a better day for it," said Mick's sometimes DJ partner, writer and music supervisor Greg Caz. "He made you love life. Truly one of a kind." Friend and fellow DJ Jonathan Toubin wrote a particularly beautiful tribute to Mick and you can read that, along with tributes from BJM's Anton Newcombe, Swervedriver's Adam Franklin, Jason' 'Plucky' Anchondo from The Warlocks, Dion Lunadon of A Place to Bury Strangers, and others, below.
Rest in peace, Mick.
"Mick was more than my friend. He was my brother. For over 25 years we had been through almost everything together. He had turned me on to so much music. Was with me through the worse part of my life and made sure I was ok and wouldn’t do anything stupid and through the best parts of my life. Mick was one of the best parts of my life and I never thought I’d be writing about this anytime soon. Mick you were and will always be my brother. Thank you for all the things you thought me and all the music you turned me on to. We were proper MODS back then. You’ll always be ACE. Love you Mick" - Jason 'Plucky' Anchondo (The Warlocks)
"I didn't know Mick well. We just met two or three times in a little period of time in NYC and really got on well and had a laugh and I thought he was a great guy. It's a mark of the man how bummed out I was to hear the news, considering we had only met a handful of times" - Adam Franklin (Swervedriver)
"Mick and I had a night at Motor City called Exile On Ludlow. He was one of the first people to really help me get on my feet when I moved to NYC. I will miss him dearly. He was a true, whole hearted music lover and always supported what I was trying to do of which I’ll be eternally grateful" - Dion Lunadon (A Place to Bury Strangers)
Thanks to Jo Murray for help with this.