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Mick Park needs no introduction as he has been one of the UK’s most influential DJ/producers achieving massive success as one half of DJ duo Parks and Wilson and production outfits TILT, Killahurtz, Odessi and Terracotta Army.
After meeting in Coventry (England) in the early nineties, Mick Park and Mick Wilson got their first DJ residency at the legendary Eclipse club and soon became known as the UK’s best DJ duo, they went on to DJ and perform in all of the Worlds top clubs and venues, from Ibiza to South America, North America to Australia. Mick played on some huge tours supporting Paul Oakenfold, Simply Red and MTV in super clubs such as Twilo (NYC), Pacha (Ibiza/South America), Space (Ibiza), Amnesia (Ibiza), Womb (Japan), Crobar (Miami), Vinyl (Danny Tenaglia, NYC), Ministry of Sound World tours, Smirnoff Vodka World tours and all the major Festivals such as Creamfields, Homelands and Global Gathering along the way. Parks and Wilson also produced two widely successful Essential Mixes for the Pete Tong show on Radio One (one of which was voted second best of all time behind Sasha).
Mick and Mick’s talents also saw them move into production and in the early days they had success with progressive house projects such as Ritmo Rivals, Ritmo De Vida and Blood Brothers, however it was after getting together with fellow Coventrian John Graham and engineer/co producer Nic Britton and forming TILT in 1993 that things really began to push the boys worldwide.
TILT were signed by Paul Oakenfold, for his Perfecto label, and in 1996 they had their first UK top 40 hit with ‘I Dream’, more big tracks followed including ‘My Spirit’ and ‘Places’. In 1998 they moved record label to Red Jerry’s brilliant Hooj Choons and more hit singles followed. ‘Invisible’ (featuring the vocal talents of Dom Atkins AKA Grace) was a top twenty hit, and ‘Rendezvous’ and ‘The Seduction Of Orpheus’ (a favorite of Danny Tenaglia) were massively influential tracks which moved the progressive/trance-dominated house scene into previously uncharted, darker territory. TILT had become a major force in the international dance music revolution – with their tribal drums, booming bass-lines and unforgettable melodies, they blurred the boundaries between house and trance and supplied millions of dance music lovers worldwide with the soundtrack to their weekend.
TILT then embarked on live tours around the World and reached out to most of Clubland by the late 90’s. To date Mick Park has had seven UK hit singles, and are now registered to the official Chart Encyclopedia in the UK.
The boys also found that their infectious form of progressive/trance music was not only popular in clubland, but was popular on radio and TV too, featuring on a whole range of television programs- from soap operas to Champions League and international football matches as well as hit TV dramas such as Queer As Folk, Six Feet Under and EastEnders. Another huge step into the production of film score saw Mick write the pivotal kidnap scene music in the Hollywood blockbuster Nobel Son which starred Alan Rickman, Danny De Vito and Ted Danson.
As well as original productions Mick’s remix portfolio is second to non, He has remixed U2, Dido, Arctic Monkeys, Boy George, Paul Oakenfold, Jeff Waynes “War of the Worlds”, Mel C to name a few. He has also collaborated with the late great Malcolm McClaren on a project very close to the heart of the ex Pistol legend.
After John Graham left TILT to concentrate on his Quivver project in 2003, it seemed to many that TILT’s days as a creative force were over, but the duo came back with the critically acclaimed ‘Left Of Centre EP’, which was released on Trust The DJ Records later that year. The two Micks then recruited respected producer, Andy Moor, and the new TILT threesome went from strength to strength. ‘The World Doesn’t Know’ single released in 2004 was Paul Oakenfold’s number one track on his world Creamfields tour. TILT’s highly anticipated first album ‘Explorer’ was released in January 2005 on the Lost Language label, along with a new single, entitled ‘Twelve’.
Mick Park and Andy Moor also started Odessi alongside Leama and with the vocal talents of Maria Nayler. Odessi had a new single entitled ‘Beyond The Sound’ released on Universal in 2005. Mick then hooked up with old friend Kenny shifter to create Rekelectrik which was signed to Toolroom records and they released the Inner City cover “Till we meet again” which was caned by Pete Tong, Sarah Cox and the Radio 1 crew all over Ibiza in 2007.
Throughout his time with Tilt Mick worked alongside mythical engineer Nic Britton. Nic was one of the most prolific sound engineers for Progressive House and Trance in the 1990’s and was the fourth member of Tilt throughout the nineties. In the early 90’s he worked at Bassroom Studios engineering for the likes of Laurent Garnier, ‘Mad’ Mike Banks & DJ Pierre. On setting up his own studio ‘Midiroom’ with his recording partner Lee Fredericks, Nic went on to be the in house engineer – co producing and engineering tracks for the likes of Tilt, Quivver, Parks & Wilson, Breeder, Tarrentella, Redanka, Paul Van Dyk, Perfecto Records, Whoop Records, Hooj Choons and many more, establishing himself as one of the worlds most popular engineers for that particular niche sound made popular by Oakenfold, Sasha & Digweed that exploded in the mid 90’s and showcased on tracks such as Not Over Yet, Invisible, Rendezvous, Twilo Thunder, The Chain, What’s This?, I Dream and The Seduction of Orpheus to name but a few.
Nic and Mick then went onto form their Killahurtz project alongside Lee Fredericks producing and engineering massive club tracks such as West On 27th and remixing the Arctic Monkey’s “Fake Tales of San Francisco.”
In 2006 Mick, Nic and Alex joined forces to form “Terracotta Army”- the band released the indie/ dance fusion “Stealing Souls” in 2009 on Andy Moor’s AVA records and also remixed the like’s of Way Out West (with Shifter & Carvell), Quivver, U2 and Kasabian. Throughout this time their “Terracotta Army” DJ mixes were a regular feature on Mainframe radio and Mick and Alex have also had DJ mixes feature on Move radio as well as Paul Oakenfold’s “Perfecto Radio” as well.
In 2011 they returned to their first love which is dance music and produced “No Other Day” which featured Maria Nayler and re-released the TILT classic “The World Doesn’t Know” for Lost Language’s 100th release. With support from Armin Van Buuren and all the Worlds top Djs TILT are ready to once again ascend into the Stratosphere.