Mark James

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Biography

  • With over 15 years experience as a DJ and one of Australia’s most progressive promoters and dance music recording artists. MARK JAMES has been synonymous with dance music in Australia since the beginning. It all started in the 80’s where Mark’s frustra..
    With over 15 years experience as a DJ and one of Australia’s most progressive promoters and dance music recording artists. MARK JAMES has been synonymous with dance music in Australia since the beginning. It all started in the 80’s where Mark’s frustration of trying to push dance music to a traditionally rock orientated Aussie market led him to setting up his own club nights and parties. As time went on around 1987 with the birth of acid house Mark finally began to see a light at the end of the tunnel and so did the punters, the turn around had begun. Mark hosted events which included the first of a string of international acts and DJ’s in Australia including INNER CITY, THE JUNGLE BROTHERS, the ID WORLD TOUR with GRAHAME PARK and MIKE PIKERING (M people). Into the 90’s Mark’s djing status had been pushed to the forefront of Australia’s finest with bookings all over the country. In 1990 it was time to get serious about making music which Mark had been dabbling in over the past couple of years with then long time girlfriend GINA G (of “Oh Ah just a little bit” fame). With Gina on vocals and good friend PEE WEE FERRIS helping on the production tip BASS CULTURE hit he charts with LOVE THE LIFE (used more recently 1998/99 Summer “Coke Cola” ad, and long running theme on Neighbours). Four singles followed featuring some of Australia’s finest vocalists including KATE CEBERANO, LISA MAXWELL AND SUZI AHERN along with an album all charting successfully in Australia and appearing on “Hey Hey It’s Saturday” no less than three times. I’VE LEARNED TO COPE stayed No.1 on JJJ for thirteen weeks running and featured in the Aussie movie “The Sum of Us” (Russel Crowe) and also broke into the UK dance charts with mixes from ERIC KUPPER. Mark’s own productions kicked off with a studio stint also in 1991 with CARL COX Eternal by Eternal reached No.1 on the Aussie dance charts, a top 40 UK DANCE HIT which even broke the national UK charts at No.73 in 1997 Mark remixed Eternal and hit the UK chart's again this track was one of the late great DJ TONY DE VITS most played records of 1997. Two more Eternal singles followed MIND ODYSSEY released on WARP records and made top 20 (UK dance) and in 1994 with a name change to ETERNAL RHYTHM, Deep Down which was licensed to several countries all with high chart positions (JOHN DIGWEED listed Deep Down in his top ten tracks of the year 1994).The 2000 remix of Deep Down released on Quad UK appears on loads of mix cd's including DANNY HOWLES. In the past few years Mark’s productions keep rolling out hitting the dance charts. BODY WORK and DIRTY DANCIN’ recorded for Pee Wee’s project DJ BEATS BEYOND THE TURNTABLE (1 & 2). In 1998 Mark teamed up with DJ KASEY TAYLOR (Our House) to produce two UK and USA chart topper, DOWN TO THE FUNK by EMKAY more recently NEBULA by BLADE.Remix of DOWN UNDER/MEN AT WORK for the 2000 Olympics and a single HEAR ME with MIKE TRUMAN from HYBRID,under the name JAMES & TRUMAN.Mark is currently currently working on a new MARK JAMES track for Paul Oakenfolds PERFECTO label out in June /July which will also see Mark on a European Perfecto Tour. Mark also is the MD of Future Entertainment Australia's largest dance event and DJ touring company, touring the likes of Gatecrasher, Renaissance, Trade, Perfecto and every high profile dj. Go to www.futureentertainment.com.au for more info. MARK JAMES DISCOGRAPHY BASS CULTURE (SINGLES) LOVE THE LIFE feat GINA G YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND feat KATE CEBERANO I’VE LEARNED TO COPE feat LISA MAXWELL LOVE WILL FIND A WAY feat SUZI AHERN BC.NATION/BASS CULTURE ALBUM ETERNAL – ETERNAL (co produced with Carl Cox) ETERNAL – MIND ODYSSEY ETERNAL RHYHTM – DEEP DOWN 1997 remix ETERNAL – ETERNAL (also features remix by Kasey Taylor Our House) 1996 remix TIME TO MAKE THE FLOOR BURN – PEE WEE VS JOHN FERRIS 1996 remix LOVE THE LIFE (also features remixes by Pee Wee and Ivan Gough) 1999 remix UMPLA THE ELEPHANT – Mr Quick 1999 ETERNAL RHYTHM – DEEP DOWN (Ocean Wave Mixes) 1999 FEEL MY BODY Frank 'O' MOIRAGHI 2000 DOWN UNDER – MEN AT WORK Mark James Singles BODY WORK - MARK JAMES (1996) DIRTY DANCIN’ – MARK JAMES (1997) DOWN TO THE FUNK – EMKAY (1998) NEBULA – BLADE (1998) HEAR ME – JAMES AND TRUMAN (2000)