Find out what happened when Ministry of Sound met Mark Radford
Mark Radford is a man of many talents. He runs London's notorious Audio Rehab label which, aside from releasing music by some of dance music's hottest underground talent, also throws some of the most popular parties in the city.
He's also an accomplished DJ and producer in his own right and holds down a prime-time Saturday slot on Rinse FM. Ahead of the Audio Rehab takeover in Ministry of Sound on August 16th, we sat down with him to talk about his career, his label and his passion.
Can you tell us about the early days, when did you start DJing? How did you get into it and what type of music did you play back then?
Mark Radford: I first started DJing when I was at college a loooong time ago! I used to just turn up at parties with my bag of records and blag a set. I always made sure I had the freshest tracks I could get my hands on. I used to spend days trawling around the big record shops of the time like Black Market in Soho and Boogie Times in Romford looking hard for the big tracks of the time. Back then it was tracks from legendary artists such as LFO (Warp Records ) and Unique 3 were also a huge influence on me in the beginning.
How has your sound evolved since then?
I think the sound I play has come full circle since then, I started off playing acid house, hardcore, then onto jungle, drum & bass, right through the ever evolving UK dance scene, up to where I am today. I feel the music now has all of these influences involved.
You present the prime time Saturday show on Rinse, how did you get involved with them?
I have to give props to Mr Tippa for the Rinse hook up, he was pushing me hard in a few underground events that he was putting on around that time and I know he championed me to Geeneus and the crew at Rinse. They offered me a prime time Saturday night show and the rest is history!
What came first the Audio Rehab parties or the Rinse show?
I was already on Rinse when my now partner Laurence (who I had known for many years before hand) invited me and a few of my pals down to come and host the terrace at the House & Terrace club in Greenwich, South East London with another brand I was pushing at the time.
Audio Rehab has become one of the most exciting brands in London, how did it come about?
My involvement in Audio rehab was born on that night, Laurence could see the potential in the sound that I was pushing and asked me to become resident DJ for them. We held a series of events back in 2010/11 but then took a break. During this time we decided to launch the label, I was being sent so much amazing music from fresh young talent that it just had to happen!
What do you see in the future of AR?
My main aim for the label has always been to expose new talent and to give them a platform to gain exposure to the world, this takes time, we are growing rapidly now and I hope to take what we are doing worldwide in the very near future. Now we have Ministry of Sound as our home in London the levels of exposure for the artists involved has gone up massively. I hope to make all of us as successful as possible!
You always bring some exciting up and coming artists to MoS, who should people be keeping an eye on? Who are the most exciting underground talents around at the minute?
Wow, now you have put me on the spot!! All of our artists are extremely talented and making waves in their own right. I would say that Carnao Beats has had an amazing year and his tracks have been essential parts of nearly every underground DJ's set recently . We have Louie Anderson and Nightshift who have both carved out their own unique sounds and in turn are both gaining large followings. One of the most accomplished producers on the underground scene in my eyes Mr RS4 in the main room at our next event, this guys production is second to none.
What can the MoS crowd expect from your set at Audio Rehab on 16thAug?
I have been working hard myself in the studio and will be featuring a lot of my own productions in my set on the 16th, I have an extra special surprise lined up but I don't want to give away too much, so you will have to turn up and hear for yourself.
What do you have coming up in terms of new material and touring?
I have my debut solo release on Audio Rehab coming out at the end of September which I am very excited about. It's been a long time coming, but when your running two labels and DJing every weekend it's hard to focus on studio time. I have taken time out to concentrate on my own productions and this is the first one I m totally happy with. It features an amazing vocal from my longtime friend Thomas Jules. It's different from my usual stuff which is always dark and moody, this one's for the summer-time vibes!
Gigs/touring wise I have bookings coming up all over the UK, I'm off to Ibiza in September, we are looking at holding a label party in Amsterdam this October as part of the ADE week. Next year its all about taking the show on the road to bring that Audio Rehab sound to the masses!
What would you be doing if you weren’t in the music industry?
I would be trying to get into it! This has been my dream since I was a kid.
How do you spend your days off – what’s a typical Sunday for you?
I don't get any!! [laughs] When I get time time to myself I like to spend it chilling out with my family, I have 2 children that mean the world to me and I try to spend as much time with them as possible. A typical Sunday is either spent recovering from the night before or visiting family with the Mrs.
Besides music do you have any other passions?
Tell us something we don’t know about Mark Radford?
I hate cucumbers!!
Mark Radford and his Audio Rehab crew will be taking over Ministry of sound on Saturday 16th August.
29 Jul 2014