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Marc Brian Hough (DJ Tintin)
Birth nameMarc Brian Smith
BornManchester, England
GenresIndie, dance, acid house, rave,
Occupation(s)disc jockey, musician, record producer, remixer, journalist
InstrumentsKeyboards, bass guitar
Years active1987–present
Associated actsNew Order, A Certain Ratio, Bad Lieutenant

DJ Tintin (born Marc Brian Smith, 13 August 1970) is a British disc jockey, musician and journalist from Manchester, England, United Kingdom. Tintin is a veteran of the Manchester music scene after starting his DJ career in 1987, known mostly for manning the decks at The Manchester Boardwalk, The Haçienda and the Stone Love nights, he is also tour DJ for the band New Order, played all over Europe in his own right, and had the headline DJ slot at the Versus Cancer events at the Manchester Arena.[1][2]

In addition to his career as a disc jockey, Tintin (DJ) is a musician who has played in several Manchester bands from 1993 to the present day. He currently plays keyboards with Jez Kerr, singer from A Certain Ratio, alongside drummer Simon Wolstencroft, famous for playing with The Fall and Ian Brown. Tintin (DJ) has also worked as a record producer and remixer, most recently remixing for Bad Lieutenant, which features New Order members Bernard Sumner, Steve Morris and Phil Cunningham. Between 1999 and 2001 DJ Tintin played bass guitar with short-lived Manchester band Irresistible Bitch with singer Rowetta, from Happy Mondays.

His disc jockey career started in Manchester, England in 1987 on the Indie music scene and was heavily involved with the Madchester movement. With the arrival of acid house and the emergence of ecstasy culture in 1988, DJ Tintin helped introduce the new acid house sounds to Manchester clubbers and in 1988/89 he played at several of the original 'warehouse parties' in and around Manchester. Before the word 'rave' was coined, these illegal out-of-hours warehouse parties drew thousands of people, but they were invariably closed down by the police after only a few hours.

Fusing acid house music and 'indie' music was a novel combination and Tintin helped create the new Indie/Dance genre, as did his contemporary Dave Haslam with his Temperance Club night on Thursdays at The Haçienda. DJ Tintin and Dave Haslam joined forces in 1990 for a new night at the revamped Boardwalk in Manchester, with a night called Freedom – a reference to his delight at finally leaving The Hacienda, which he felt had started to lose its way.[3] Freedom was sold out every Saturday and The Face magazine named it the most important club night in the country. Live acts also played each week and DJ Tintin gave local band Sub Sub their first gig. Sub Sub would later change their name to Doves. During 1991 and 1992 Tintin played the infamous Hypnosis parties in Newquay Cornwall with other Manchester disc jockey exports Mike Pickering, Sasha (DJ) and Jam MCs. When Haslam returned to his Thursday night at the Hacienda in 1991, renaming it 'Beautiful 2000', Tintin was drafted onto the bill.

After a self-imposed four-year hiatus, in 1998, DJ Tintin teamed up with Inspiral Carpets drummer Craig Gill, disc jockey at The Hacienda's "Stone Love" night, which had become popular after the demise of The Temperance Club and Beautiful 2000. DJ Tintin and Craig Gilly, known as Gilly, took the Stone Love night around several other Manchester venues and were joined by regular DJ guests Andy Rourke, bass player in The Smiths and Mani (musician) from Stone Roses and Primal Scream. In 2000 Jet-set Tintin flew over to various European clubs and festivals including those in Paris, Ibiza, Barcelona, Malmo and Dubrovnik, at the same time setting up the Bassbum breakbeat nights with DJ Jane Funk Boutique back in Manchester.

DJ Tintin was then drafted in to DJ for Manchester legends New Order in 2000, playing with them on the Get Ready and Waiting for the Sirens Call tours. His reputation as a 'stadium' DJ grew when he was given the headline DJ spot at the legendary Manchester Versus Cancer gig at the Manchester Arena in 2006 – and was invited back as the headline DJ at the VersusCancer MEN arena events in both 2007 and 2008.

DJ Tintin is due to perform on the forthcoming UK tour with the reformed New Order. DJ Tintin also has a successful career in journalism and is currently editing tabloid newspapers in the UK and Ireland.Template:Fix/category[citation needed]


  1. Manchester Evening News "[1], 2012-04-27, retrieved 2012-05-01
  2. Versus Cancer "Versus Cancer", Versus Cancer Article, 2012-05-01, retrieved 2012-05-01
  3. Dave Haslam Home Page "[2], 2010, retrieved 2012-05-11

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