268 Karangahape Road, Auckland

MARK RAE (UK) + The TURNAROUND CREW + SOANE + BEVAN KEYS + The PROFESSOR + REED & RADLEY

MARK RAE (UK) + The TURNAROUND CREW + SOANE + BEVAN KEYS + The PROFESSOR + REED & RADLEY

Friday 1st June

InkCoherent

Local support from:

• The Turnaround Crew (Manuel Bandy, Cian & Submariner)
• Soane
• Bevan Keys
• The Professor

The Lowdown On Mark Rae…

Born in Ashington in the North East; home of Jack and Bobby Charlton he’s keen to add, Mark grew up in various places around the locale before moving to Manchester in ’87. He immediately sensed something in the air and set about trying to capture it. Mark’s interest in the scene was piqued initially by the acquisition of records and records full of old skool breaks on which he ostensibly blew his entire university grant. “When house and techno exploded it was a club experience that was really novel, not many people went clubbing, or were in on this, so it has a really special place that won’t exist again. It was a time that went on to define hip-hop, house, techno and all things that have come from it”. A time cited as influential in so many spheres by so many DJs and artists; one that became core to Mark Rae’s musical identity.

Having written and released records as part of the Rae & Christian double act, namely 1998’s Northern Sulphuric Soul and last year’s acclaimed Sleepwalking, Mark’s next ambition was to get on with his own offering. “I took one month off work to write and record, and another month to mix. I’ve always been able to work on my music after work and weekends anyway and the great work ethic around me helped. I might cut corners with simplicity but some of my favourite records are made in that way. I didn’t spend a long time with the tracks, I wanted it to be like a Jackson Pollock in a way. I wanted to make it really musical, I wanted it to sort of sit beside you and be there – ‘this is how I am’ ”. But how did the experience of working solo compare to his usual routine? “The biggest difference was that I was entirely responsible, whereas Steve and I cover for each others’ weakness. It’s not that well crafted – I’ve sort of thrown things into the mix – but that’s totally the vibe I wanted to work from. Close and honest, saying “this is me”. Still, the experience of working alongside other talented acts proved beneficial when it came to mastering his own oeuvre, as Mark admits. “One thing I have learnt is to create a vibe and then let the musicians loose, and once they’ve done that treat them as a sample. Now I’ve had a chance to sit back before making this record I’ve used all the techniques I’ve seen people do. I think it’s quite a homogenous album, which is a massive excitement for me.”

Mark Rae’s lassaiz-faire approach to making music translates perfectly through his debut solo release and letting providence take shape over his creation; letting the music speak for itself without the clutter of human interference. “I’m a great believer in happenstance” he says. “In some instances I programmed the drums, pressed record, let it loop, liked it and left it. Other people might start with a sample and loop. You can try and understand too much sometimes. If it makes me wanna dance, I don’t want to know anything else.”

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