Mark Knight

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Whether you know him by his name or his hugely influential record label, Mark Knight is well on his way to becoming a dance music legend. It all started in 2004 when he launched Toolroom Records – which Knight calls ‘a workshop for 21st century dance musicians’. The label and its offshoots have since achieved huge success in the dance music industry, including being named the biggest selling label of online music store Beatport, as well as releasing an epic 100 records by 2009.

Known for slow-burning tunes that start out with an understated repetitive beat, a Mark Knight banger typically rounds out with the addition of a catchy melody in the form of a glittering vocal or jazzy instrumental. Listen to Devil Walking or Man With The Red Face for good examples of this – the latter of which runs an impressive 10 minutes 30 seconds. It’s the head-down, body-moving music that perfect club nights are made of.

Mark Knight’s live DJ sets are a bit like extended versions of his tunes – epic performances that sometimes run a whopping seven-plus hours and infuse an eclectic mix of house and techno sounds. Much of the globe’s top clubs have been treated to a bit of Knight’s sounds as he expanded his Toolroom label into a touring brand alongside Ministry of Sound, headlining residencies in Frankfurt’s Cocoon, New York’s Pacha and, of course, the original Ministry of Sound in London. And if you weren’t at one of those locations in the past few years, then you might just have heard Knight’s production work on the Black Eyed Peas’ 2009 album The END, which earned the group a Grammy nod. And, well, if you haven’t heard Mark Knight in any of the above, then your chance to see him live comes this fortnight. Andrea Yu 

Cubic Fri Dec 21

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