Mark Knight’s legacy already ranks him as a leading player in dance music culture. His rise to the forefront has been more than just gigs and remixes; his contribution to the scene via his label Toolroom Records, demonstrates abilities that supercede the glorified title of ‘DJ’.
This year, with a Grammy Nomination for work on the Black Eyed Peas’ multi-platinum album ‘The-End’, 3 of the biggest selling records on Beatport’s ‘Best Sellers List’; ‘Music Matters’ ‘Flauta Magica’ & ‘Good Times’, an IDMA nomination for his Toolroom Knights weekly radio show and a prestigious Beatport award for his single ‘Good Times’ – 2010 has most definitely been a year of colossal achievement.
So where did it all start…
In 2004, with a personal vision for house music, Mark created his own workshop for 21st century dance musicians, Toolroom Records, and with it a new way of thinking.
Since its launch, the Toolroom imprint has developed into an uncontrollable beast, celebrating success as the biggest selling label on Beatport and reaching the milestone of 100 releases in 2009 courtesy of Faithless.
As a producer, Mark has built a reputation for outstanding releases; ‘Man With The Red Face’, ‘Downpipe’, ‘Good Times’, ‘Devil Walking’, consistently topping international dance charts, and has been involved in producing tracks for leading artists, including new output from Faithless and contribution to the latest Underworld album.
And there’s more…
As a DJ, Mark holds international prominence, recognised the world over for his extended 7 hour sets, headlining festivals and clubs from Ultra Music Festival Miami to the Terrace at Space Ibiza.
In 2006, Mark’s belief and desire to inject freshness into a stale club scene, inspired him to programme his own parties, this concept became a reality with the launch of Toolroom Knights at Ministry of Sound, London in October ’06.
Having gained unrivalled success as one of THE superior club nights, Toolroom Knights has gone on to generate great global success and support with Mark headlining Toolroom residencies at Cocoon Frankfurt, Space Miami, Ministry of Sound London, Pacha New York as well as hosting Toolroom arenas at key festivals including; SW4 London, Global Gathering UK, Dance Valley Netherlands.
All in all, it’s been a BIG journey for Mark Knight, pioneering a sound and attitude that’s gained respect from fans and industry people alike hungry for the integrity of Mark’s production skills and quality of Toolroom Knights’ parties. And there’s so much more to come.
Since 2005, Andy Warburton has been representing the stylish and iconic Hed Kandi music brand. Racking up those air miles as he travels extensively to rock international dance floors across global Kandiland. To date, he’s played in over 46 countries, 200 cities from Australia to Brazil and everywhere in between.
Famed for his flawless mixing skills, Andy’s talent behind the decks has been mastered during a DJ career spanning back to 1990, the ‘Summer Of Love’, when he first fell in love with Acid House and Balearic Beats. Brought up listening to all things Balearic, Andy followed his love of eclectic music, which in turn led to a 6 season affair on the mecca party island of Ibiza, playing every major club alongside the most respected names in the EDM scene, while holding residencies at legendary venues Café Mambo and Pacha.
Yet, no matter the location, be it near or far, Andy continues to prove himself an ace exponent of the Hed Kandi house sound blend. It’ll therefore come as no surprise to learn that his extensive musical knowledge has proven invaluable during the co-compiling process of so many of the Hed Kandi music compilations such as Serve Chilled, Beach House and Nu Cool series.
Andy’s recent move to Toronto, Canada was a game changer in his career due to the offers to become the resident DJ in two of North Americas leading EDM cities. New City Gas in Montreal and Cinema Nightclub in Toronto are two of Canada’s leading venues that host all of the biggest artists within the EDM scene. Andy also had his fair share of festival fun this year. In spring he headlined BPM festival, Playa Del Carmen, along with a peak time slot at Digital Dreams festival that grossed over 25,000 clubbers on Canada Day weekend at Ontario Place, Toronto.
With a new home in a new city and when he’s not banging out his brand of “Good Looking House”, Andy is in the studio producing and writing full time. Expect some sexy, smooth, tech house bangers to be topping the charts, and rocking dance floors everywhere in the near future.
In the meantime, catch Andy Warburton on The Balearic Boudoir every Wednesday 14.00-15.00 (CET) on Ibiza Sonica 95.2 FM and during the 25 Minute Resident Guest Mix syndicated worldwide on The Hed Kandi Radio Show every Saturday on M.O.S Radio.