If you want to know what is rocking the dance world at any given time then speak to Mark Brown. His unfaltering talent for recognising a hit and tenacious approach to getting music signed and heard has seen him rise through the ranks to become one of todays most respected figure heads within the global industry.
One of Marks most prolific roles is as that of label boss and A&R extraordinaire. He started Credence the seminal dance imprint of EMI back in 2000 and signed massive acts including Eric Prydz and Brit-boys Dirty Vegas amongst others; their album subsequently sold over 2 million copies world wide and was even #7 in the American charts, while their single Days Gone By went top ten in the UK. Credence also won Label of the Year for 2003 in IDJ magazine.
In a time when dance music often played second fiddle in the charts to pop and guitar bands Mark garnered commercial success for the dance acts he signed, so when in 2004 EMI decided to close Credence it was a no-brainer that hed soon be back doing something on his own. Just one month later Mark set up his own label Cr2.
I wanted Cr2 to be a continuation of Credence but bigger and without the constraints of being tied to a major label. says Mark.
Success so far for Cr2 includes the # 1 hits David Guetta Vs The Egg Love (Dont let me go) and Fedde Le Grande Put your Hands up for Detroit, other hits include Danny Howells & Dick Trevor Dusk til Dawn and many more. The label has also set up the touring brand Live and Direct which encompasses tours and albums, the next release under this banner will be Oscar G live from Miami. IDJ awarded the same accolade to Cr2 as they did to Credence three years earlier and voted Cr2 as label the year in 2006.
Mark is also an accomplished producer in his own right. As 2007 draws to a close, his solo rework of Kylie Minogues comeback single 2 Hearts is the ace in the remix package. In addition, he has a genius reworking of the music from the Lloyds TSB advert set to break him through into the UKs Top Ten. His production career started as one half of the DJ outfit M.Y.N.C. Project with Nick Corelli. They are renowned for their four-decks/ two-mixer shows and innumerable effects units, where they take DJing beyond simply playing other peoples music into the realms of musical creation and live performance, twisting pre-recorded sounds into new and original dancing spells. Mark and Nick make up this dynamic duo, who have created their own brand of quality underground house and have been playing together for eight years.
M.Y.N.C. started DJ-ing at Passion in 1999 in the Redroom, and the influential residency resulted in the pair being voted Future Heroes for 2002 in M8 Magazine. In 2003, they moved into the Main Room of Passion, outgrowing the space that shaped their sound. The act then launched M.Y.N.C. Sessions at Leicester University in 2004.
Together they have notched up 6 singles including crossover hit Something on your Mind with Abigail Bailey and underground antherm R U Sure. They have also completed 5 compilations since 2001 including EMIs Dedicated Followers of Passion, Credence Volume 1 and the new Sessions release on Ministry of Sound, which has outstripped international sales of some major hype names of the moment. For this release Nick and Mark decided to do separate mixes to showcase their individual tastes. Mark comments Everyone knows us as a 4 deck-2mixer DJ outfit and so we thought wed do something different on this album we like lots of different things as individuals so it made sense.
M.Y.N.C. Project will continue to exist as a production and DJ duo, but at the moment Mark Brown is focusing on his own ambitions. The Lloyds TSB remix is one of the most inspired electronic creations of the last 12 months, working with classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes and William Orbits engineer Iain Roberton to create a hit out of a classical music track which has captured the emotions of the British public. The Journey Continues will be out in January 2008 as Mark Brown and is set to be one of the first hit singles of the year, with Saint Etienne vocalist Sarah Cracknell adding vocals to the radio version.