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Mark XTC Mark XTC (Xtra Tuff Cutta) started his DJ-ing career at the tender age of 15 playing in places such as Sequins (Blackpool), Fantazia, Mythology and The legendary Hacienda, where in the late 80’s he won the North West DMC DJ Championships. He then started producing his own music with his DJ group “The Mix Factory” (of Sunset 102fm) where his mix of the Mix Factory track “Take Me Away” reached number 41 in the UK singles chart and also gained some good success in the American charts. As well as producing he has DJ’ed all over the world playing house music as well as hip hop and Jungle/ drum and bass, for example annually in Malia (Crete), Ibiza, USA, Brussels and across Europe for some awesome nights and venues such as Helter Skelter, Dreamscape, The Hacienda, PSV (lighthouse), The Banshee, Sequins, The Eclipse/ The Edge, Club Kinetic, Pure X and Fantazia to name a few. Mark was also helping to spread the sound of music in the northwest by managing both Spin Inn and Eastern Bloc record shops in the early to mid 1990’s to the beginning of the millennium. This is when “DA INTALEX” was born. Two guys doing what they loved, producing and spinning Drum and Bass all around the world. DA INTALEX presented a Friday and Monday night drum and bass show on Kiss 102, which changed to Galaxy 102 from 1993-2000. DA INTALEX founded Intalex Recordings with tunes being brought out constantly, such as “I Like It Remix”. “New Dawn” was released on Jump Up Records and also “What You Gonna Do” on Flex, which has gone down in history as one of the “all time top ten drum and bass tunes”. Sadly DA INTALEX went there separate ways but Mark signed to Dread Recordings/Penny Black Records with DJ Ray Keith releasing music such as the “Come On E.P” which gained mark interest from the mighty Dillinja himself who then signed mark to Valve/Beatz Recordings and released “Keyz” and “Roll Dem Beatz”, as well as most recently the huge underground hit Dark Shadow under his new guise Snap Shot ft Tonn Piper http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK3v4fJkDzI. Mark has also released tunes on many other labels including Moving Shadow, NB Audio, Integral, Hard Leaders, Penny Black and Dread, FFRR, Warner Bros, PWL.

NBA007 No Promises EP by Mark XTC

  • No Promises ft. DRS
  • Stormz ft. Fox
  • Moody (Original Mix)
  • Moody VIP (VIP Mix)
  • No Promises (Instrumental)
  • Acid House

After a strong 3 years since launching, record label; NB Audio now move on to their (7th EP) release with another Manchester talent; Mark XTC. With a Drum & Bass heavy release comprising 5 D&B ft. DRS, Fox & Davos, but also a bonus Acid House track featuring House legend; Marshall Jefferson 1) Mark XTC feat DRS - No Promises – ‘I have always wanted to work with Dell, when I created the first 16 bars of this track I knew the only person I would want on it would be Dell, I played him the intro and he said lets go in.. Before I knew it he had written a verse and chorus, which makes the tune.’ 2) Mark XTC feat DRS - No Promises (Instrumental) 3) Mark XTC feat Snap Shot - Moody part 1 – ‘A track that me and my good friend Phil Microcosm started about a year ago but never got round to finishing it, I took on the responsibility of completing the track to the level we was working together as Snap Shot.’ 4) Mark XTC feat Davos - Moody part 2 – ‘As me and Phil had begun Moody part 1, I decided the first mix needed something else, I started messing around with the drums and before I knew it had started a re-edit of Moody 1, played it the keyboard wizard that is 'Davos' who is a big Drum and Bass fan despite playing and making house music and he said he would love to play some keys over it, which changed the track into a melodic deep bass tune.’ 5) Mark XTC feat Fox - Stormz – ‘During the course of the EP the majority of the tracks was nice but not so dance floor friendly, when hooking up with Fox i was sure I had to create something that had his energy that would be a good dance floor tune with his reggae style vocals and a big reece bass drop it goes down quite well on the dance floor.’ 6) Mark XTC feat Marshall Jefferson – ‘This track was heavily influenced by a classic acid / house track Josh Wink - Higher state of consciousness, which I still play regularly when I do oldskool sets. Again very similar to what happened with Dell (DRS) I knew the only person I could have saying the "Acid House" vocal could be Marshall, played him a 2 min version and he said yeah lets do it :) to work with one of the people I have looked up to for years is a massive thing and still pinch myself to think its Marshall Jeffersons voice on my tune. Brilliant.’

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