Alongside his hardworking friend, a couple of turntables (one without pitch control) popped up, together with a two channel mixer wit no eq and a 1970's tape recorder. Seeing what mega stacks of equipment are available today, it cracks you up how much fun these pieces of simple machinery gave him. Hour after hour, night after night, fiddling with samples, or the few12"records he could afford, became almost an obsession.
Times changed, and so did the equipment. Fasttracker and the old turntables had to go, but the fun remained. In 2003 came the first official dj gig and in that same year mark started organizing his own events. Dj'ing was a major way of leaving daily troubles behind, and even after all these years, the bedroom mixer is still used regularly.
And after 18 years of screwing around with al sorts of electronic sounds, somehow some knwoledge of modern day music production and some talent apeared, with some great tracks as a result. In 2011, the first tracks were released on labels like manual music and elevation records and recieved support from artists like felix neumann, paul hazendonk, sis, nick holder and paco osuna. Those first releases gave him a big inspiration boost, producing more beats than ever, altough his neighbours might not appreciate that as much as he does. In the following years the list of big labels kept on growing and mark got signed by tronic, orange recordings, blabla, rawthentic, inmotion and toolroom, just to name a few. Last year mark also got a residency for hollands best weekly clubnight 'techno tuesday amsterdam' at iconic venue melkweg. So keep an eye out for this rising star!
Previous editions –
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2012