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South African DJ, producer, remixer and self confessed music lover Mark Stent’s passion for his craft is plainly evident from every energy-fuelled, funked up DJ set he delivers to his dancefloor. Hailing from the City of Gold, Mark’s love affair with house music began in his early teens and led to a still insatiable obsession with the art of mixing and blending beats. He earned his DJ stripes with an apprenticeship at Johannesburg rave institution Azzuri Lounge, before 1st place in a Black Fly’s Battle of the DJs paved the way to sets at Flyhouse, Nexus, DNA and legendary dance mega-fest H2O.
Emerging behind the decks at infamous Boksburg nightclub Sutra in 2007, what began as a once a month ‘old school’ speed garage set quickly resulted in a full blown residency as punters warmed almost instantly to Mark’s music and magnetic energy. His distinct physical appearance due to a background in competitive bodybuilding made Mark easily recognisable and led to the affectionate and enduring title, “The World’s Strongest DJ”.
Over the ensuing 18 months Mark’s profile grew exponentially. In demand at prestigious clubs all over SA, he performed regularly at venues such as The BBC, Raffles, VIP in Plett, 52 Parliament, The College, The Workshop and JHB nightspots Taboo, Vertigo, Ruby Blue, Chicago, Casablanca and Voodoo Lounge. Past and present residencies include H2O, Sutra, Chilli Lounge and for party brands KISS and the Sound Factory. During this almost overnight rise to prominence Mark enjoyed billing alongside industry greats including Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Fatboy Slim, Chris Lake, the Hoxton Whores, Sexual Chocolate, Defunct, Tom EQ, Aquilaganja and Ed Kurno and made his international debut at the F1 Grand Prix Opening Parties, Cocoon Lounge and Club Z in Bahrain, Mass Club in London and The Escape Club in Wales.
Forging fearlessly into the realm of production during his sojourn from dance almost 4 years ago, Mark has since released tracks on such lauded imprints as Champion, Junky Trunk, Casual Kickback, More Music and 2008-launched, self-owned, pride and joy Flexual Records. Flexual, along with its more recent tech-edged, sister label, miniFlex; showcases not only Mark’s own music, but the music of both established and up and coming artists with whom he has a special affinity.
Already boasting a string of top 10, internationally charted hits and sporting a label roster graced by the likes of Nick Supply, Kyle Watson, Geoff K, Guy Herman, Sexual Chocolate, Tom EQ, Aquilaganja and Jay Robinson, Stent’s fledgling imprint has raised many an eyebrow, earned widespread industry respect and been earmarked as “One To Watch” in the world of funky, jackin fidget and electro house.
Mark Stent mania shows no sign of abating. A starring role in forthcoming locally produced movie, ‘The Race-ist’ and the inception of a signature line of ‘Mark Stent’ branded apparel stand testament to Mark’s immense cross-over appeal and imminent status as a “Proudly South African” brand. Such popularity and experience leave little doubt that Mark Stent is a world class DJ unmistakably privy to how privileged he is to be living his dream each and every day.