Submitted by Clubsguide on April 12th 2006
Hailing from Melbourne Australia, Mark John is one of Australia's most respected and revered disc jockeys who has built a reputation based on his world class productions and dj sets throughout many local and International clubs, events and festivals of high repute over the past 8 years.
With his inspiration emanating from elements of disco, street soul, jazz, funk and hip hop to the diverse range of world Music, Mark emerges from the depths of musical soul to unearth the rhythm that is House Music. Citing his influences from musical supremos such as George Benson, The Jacksons, Quincy Jones, George Duke, Malcolm Mclaren and LL Cool J to contemporary masters such as Incognito and Masters at Work.
Exhibiting a unique style of soulful house and garage through a maze of wild percussion and deep funk, Marks status has been heightened by the combination of inspired and energetic sets together with live instruments, percussionists and vocal performances. Apart from headlining Australia's premiere clubs and dance parties / festivals, Mark has performed at many of the worlds top venues including Pascia (Italy), D! Club (Switzerland), Club Qoo (Japan), Centro 360 (Singapore), Opium Gardens (Miami), Neuvo (Kuala Lumpur). In addition, he has supported International acts all over the world such as Masters at Work, Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Lenny Fontana, Joey Negro, Brian Tappert, Knee Deep, E - Smoove, Bob Sinclar, Dimitri from Paris, Steve "Silk" Hurley and Danny Tenaglia.
Abiding by a philosophy where house music has no rules, Mark pushes the boundaries through infectious sessions incorporating Nu Jazz, Future Soul and Latin / Afro abstract excursions mixed seamlessly with the grittiest of house and garage. No doubt his style derives from the fact that Melbourne is a city which embraces varied cultures from around the world; one which offers instant access to an abundance of music styles and sub genres.
In addition to flexing his DJ muscle, Mark has been diligently involved with the production side of music, skilfully creating his own brand of sound in the studio over the past few years. His initial "In the Fire EP" released mid 2001 was received enthusiastically, achieving a rating of 5 stars in Blues and Soul magazine and heavy radio play from Paris to Chicago. Current productions see Mark writing, producing and remixing alongside Disco Montego, a forthcoming single on Vicious Vinyl, remixing duties on several local labels and the soon to be released "URBAN SPIRIT" project which combines the very best in Australian urban vocalists with a groove house flavour. Other current productions see Mark and Danny Dharumasena take the helm as MDs of "QUASIMODO" a fifteen piece stage show that has to be seen to be believed incorporating turntablism, dancers, rappers, percussion, horns, bass, guitars and keys in an all out blend of "total genre defying theatre."
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