Mark Wilkinson began DJing in 1990 at the infamous Shave Yer Tongue (Bracknell) & Passion (Maidenhead), later that year he started work at Kensington’ Flying Records where he was quickly promoted to Assistant Manager and met his studio & Djing partner Rocky with whom he formed the Problem Kids.
Mark’ regular sets across the country for the likes of Back 2 Basics (Leeds) and Wobble (Birmingham) led to regular DJing appearances at The Ministry of Sound (London) and to a Problem Kids residency at the Ministry in 1996.
Problem Kids’ singles followed on Junior Boys Own and Jus Trax before a single on the critically acclaimed Paperecordings led to their smash first album “Pump The Dirty Groove” in 1999.
Mark’ reputation for quality house music spread and The Problem Kids found themselves DJing all over the country and beyond! On the production front more singles for Paperecordings followed plus remixing for the Black Science Orchestra, The Absolute & The Aloof as well as producing the original mixes of Afro Medusa’ Latin carnival chart hit “Pasilda”.
2001 saw Mark start his own label Kidsound to put out his own burgeoning range of productions. The label kicked off with the wildly successful 2001 Kidsound Miami Sampler promo which featured two tracks: “Everybody” & “Alright” and was snapped up by a complete range of DJ’, from Danny Tenaglia to Norman Jay to X Press 2 and Radio 1’ Seb Fontaine.
“Everybody”, a collaboration between Mark & Dean Marriot (Lisa Marie Experience), featured as the lead track on the 1st release from the label making an impact in the Buzz Charts and on radio. This theme continued throughout 2001 allowing Mark to explore different sides of his music with singles including “Temperature Rise” by Tantric Boogie, a tribal tech groove produced with Ewen MacNeil aka Def E, and “Bobby’ Way” by Native Soul with it’ stripped down guitar loops & vocal snippets produced with Dave Jarvis (Native Soul/Faith). “High Hopes 2001”, the most recent offering from Kidsound, saw Mark go solo with a revisit to his favourite track from the 1st Problem Kids album, with a new track signed from Liquid people to follow the label continues to progress from strength to strength building a solid reputation for good quality music.
2001 also saw the launch of a new production team for Mark Kidstuff – aka Mark, Paul Jackson & Kevin “K-Boy” Brooks- less than a year on and they are already a name on everyone’ lips! Kidstuff promo’ed their 1st release – “Alright” – in Miami 2001 and it was immediately picked up on by Danny Tenaglia who was the 1st to play the track at his infamous WMC party at Space. “Alright” went on to huge success on Defected’ sister label Fluential with support from Radio 1’ Pete Tong and Seb Fontaine, Roger Sanchez and Lottie, in fact it would’ve been easier to say who didn’t play the track!
Kidstuff are now climbing the ladder to massive success with their 2nd track “Jetfunk” out on Fluential Records and receiving strong support again from radio, press as well being securely in all major DJ’ boxes. Kidstuff are currently locked in the studio again and will emerge next year with a new major track for Defected Records.
Between all of this Mark has found time to record and release a second Problem Kids’ album for paperecordings “My First Acid House” and launch a brand new weekly residency in London’ famous Velvet Rooms also called Kidsound.
The 2nd PK album has been extremely well received and already has been called “the first great British house music album of the millennium” (Jockey Slut) and “house music as it’ meant to be” (DJ Magazine). A true artist album it showcases the diversity of the Problem Kids tastes with the mellow grooves of “Take a Small Break”, the slow break-beat of “Soulfood”, the hypnotic building beats of “Dance to a Different Drum” through to a deep, dirty beat-workout with an old skool flavour that is the title track “My First Acid House”! Muzik Magazine called it “a smooth agenda of house related grooves, burnished loop tapestries and dancefloor sophisticationthe Kidz make the execution of a dance album seem like a piffingly easy affair, which, of course, it isn’t.”
Kidsound launched in August 2001 at The Velvet Rooms in London to showcase Mark’ music and has, to date, has attracted a host of top guest DJ’ including CJ Mackintosh, Lottie, Rocky, Paul Jackson and Terry Farley as well as a strong, dedicated crowd. Kidsound is fast becoming the place to go on a Friday in the capital!
Throughout the past year Mark’ music, by the Problem Kids, Kidstuff or his own projects has received support from Sasha, Lee Burridge, CJ Mackintosh, Norman Jay, Pete Tong, Seb Fontaine, Roger Sanchez, Sandy Rivera, Danny Tenaglia and X Press 2 to name but a few!
Mark continues his rise to the top and with a DJing and production diary that stretches well into next year, wherever you are you’ll find it hard to escape the sound of Mark Wilkinson!