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July 25, 2022 @ 10:00 pmKN70
With a career spanning close to three decades, Mark Knight is without doubt one of the most influential people in dance music. Grammy-nominated and the second highest-selling Beatport artist of all time (with no less than ten No.1’s), Mark has released on some of the most revered dance labels in the world including BBE, Stereo and Saved, and founded one of the most successful dance music companies of all time in Toolroom, which marks 18 years in the business in 2021.
Drawing crowds in the tens of thousands at venues worldwide including elrow, Crssd Festival, Space Miami, Studio 338, Warehouse Project, Womb Tokyo, Exchange LA, and Amnesia Ibiza, Mark truly is a global act. Mark has also remixed some of the biggest names in music with significant crossover success, including Dido, Florence and the Machine, Sg Lewis and U2. Across all his various projects, there are few artists that have contributed more to the legacy of electronic music than Mark Knight.
Armed with a musical library that knows no boundaries, a consistent run of hits and chart-topping ventures alike, the success of Mark’s recording career is matched only by the credibility and integrity maintained throughout his discography to date. Heard through a spread of anthems (Man With The Red Face, Alright, Downpipe, All 4 Love) along with producing bands such as Faithless and Underworld has sealed a diverse musical heritage for the accomplished producer. It’s music for passion, not numbers, and it’s what Mark Knight does best.
Mark’s musical history is entrenched is soul and hip hop. Growing up in the late 80’s and early 90’s, every evening was spent by the radio listening the shows of Froggy, Greg Edwards and a very young Pete Tong – either taping music or writing titles down from the likes of The BB&Q and Leroy Burgess through to the mind- blowing productions of jam & Lewis and the very early house sound of Ten City. He would then take these playlists to Blue Bird or Trax in London’s Soho on a Saturday afternoon, slowly building a catalogue of music that has been the foundation of his musical career.
Alongside his bountiful studio output and DJ appearances, Mark has continued to grow his radio presence. His weekly hosted show on Toolroom Radio is syndicated globally, reaching over 15 million people in 60 countries across the world, while in 2021 Mark was invited to host his own weekly Friday night show on Kiss FM, one of the UK’s biggest national stations and one of only a handful of high-profile DJs to be awarded his own show. In 2019, Mark also started to host a monthly Saturday night slot on Mi-Soul Radio, taking over from Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson who sadly passed away in late 2018.
Running the first Saturday of every month, his Mi-Soul show affords him the opportunity to tell the story of his musical history across two hours, celebrating the legacy and influence of artists like the pioneering Paul Anderson who was instrumental in him pursuing a career in music in the first place.
Inspired by digging back into his musical history for his Mi-Soul show, in 2020 Mark released what has already become one of the biggest records of his career. Going back to his soulful roots, the aforementioned All 4 Love was a collaboration with Rene Amesz and Tasty Lopez which became firmly lodged on the Radio 1 A list for six weeks with worldwide success following soon after.
Picking up more than 10 millions streams on Spotify it was without doubt one of the biggest house records of the year. Also in 2020, Mark released If It’s Love – a joyous celebration of a soulful house sound that came to prominence in the 90s – and Tonight, which took inspiration from the brisk, looping, filtered house music of the early 00s.
These releases paved the way to Mark’s new studio album, set to be released in summer 2021. An homage to the soulful, vocal-led house music that Mark first fell in love with in the 90s, the album features collaborations with the likes of Beverley Knight, The London Community Gospel Choir, Shingai (Noisettes) Michael Gray, Robert Owens and many more, and aims to set a positive, life-affirming tone with a focus on real instrumentation and properly crafted songs that will stand the test of time.
Mark also remains a firm fixture on the worldwide club and festival circuit, with a number of key residencies around the world as a headline artist as well as touring under the Toolroom banner. With all this in mind, it’s no wonder the Toolroom founder has deservedly maintained his status as an indispensable asset to modern dance music.