Q&A w/ Audio Rehab Boss Mark Radford
Mark Radford and his Audio Rehab brand have been staple names on the London club circuit for some years now, with the label and nights entertaining a whole host of modern House talent including Apollo 84, Carnao Beats, Eskuche & Nu Sky, Peter Brown, Clouded Judgement and Lance Morgan amongst others.
We sat down with Mark to celebrate the launch of his new album and to discuss Audio Rehab’s plans for 2017.
Hi Mark, thanks so much for chatting with us, where in the world are you right now?
Hi guys. Your welcome… I’m actually in my studio in cold rainy East London working on a new track.
So, you’ve obviously been on the London scene for a while now but for those who don’t already know, how did you first get into dance music / DJing?
I started playing music at house parties back when I was a kid, around 17/18 and this was around the time of the first explosion of Dance music here in the U.K. I was a little too young to experience the first summer of Love in 88/89, I caught the vibe in the early nineties.
The London nightlife scene has been tumultuous recently, with the closure of Fabric (and subsequent reopening), the closure of Dance Tunnel, the loss of Studio 338 and now the opening of the new Printworks. What do you think of the current state of nightlife in London, could it be back on the rise?
I think London’s nightlife will always rise above the problems that come with running night clubs as it’s without a doubt one of the most diverse clubbing scenes in the world. London is a melting pot for all different genres and people from all over the world flock here to experience the vibe that is unlike anywhere else in the world.
From the dark gritty warehouse parties to the roof top and terrace parties… the underlying love and energy that the scene gives off is undeniable.
So we’re here to chat about the new 12 track ‘The Journey LP’ tell us a bit about the release, why have you chosen now to release an album?
I feel that at long last I am in a place with my own music where I am 100% happy with what I am making. I think as artists we all get drawn into making what we think people want to hear at some point in our careers.
This collection of tracks is just music that i made from the heart and with no restrictions on my self. My musical journey has been a long one and I have many different influences and this is something that I really wanted to show off within this album. I wanted to prove to myself that I can make some real music also rather than the club tracks that everyone knows me for. I also wanted to do something a bit special for our 100th release and I thought it was about time I pushed myself for a change.
Tell us a bit about the artists you’ve teamed up with on the album.
I’m in a very lucky position to have some amazing singer/ song writers around me and to be able to release music with them is something I have been working on for a while, my life long friend Thomas Jules is someone that I love working with in the studio.. we always write amazing music together and the mutual love for the same vibe is evident. Lifford David is an absolute legend in my eyes and one of the Uk’s dopest soul singers. I have been a huge fan of his for many years so to work with him is a great honour. Also, Stephenie smart is a dance music veteran and toured the rave scene for many years as part of the legendary rat pack and working with her was amazing. My boy Dominic King has an killer voice and his song writing is top notch.. As part of the iconic Roll Deep out fit for years he has written tracks for many artists and it’s also a huge honour to work with him.
You’ve seen some great talent through the doors of Audio Rehab so far, notably Apollo 84, Carnao Beats, Eskuche & Nu Sky, Peter Brown, Clouded Judgement, Lance Morgan (and many many more), have you got a favourite release so far? Who else have you got your eye on?
I cannot pin it down to one favourite track, there’s been many that I have loved and done the damage in the clubs with over the years from the camp. Everyone I have had the pleasure of releasing music with has in their own right made killer tracks, I feel lucky to have been able to create our own sound and to have had tracks like Carnao’s ‘know my name’ become absolute underground anthems is something that has helped us carve out our own lane. Right now I have my eye on a few talented younger guys that I can see blowing up very soon.. Nathan Dalton is a talent beyond his years and his music has a depth to it that you would expect from someone 3 times his age, Joziff Jordan is another wicked producer that I can see really making a name for himself soon.
You’re heading out to Ibiza for the 2017 season for a residency at the famous San An venue Eden, can you tell us anything about that yet? Why Eden?
Yeah I cannot wait!!! I have been thinking about taking the brand over to Ibiza for a long time, but didn’t feel that a right club had come up.. then after speaking with the guys at Eden it just felt like the right place & the right time. It is arguably one of the best clubs in the world and the sound system is insane. I feel that this year there is going to be a lot of great things happening in and around San Antonio and it’s where I had my first taste of Ibiza many years ago, so it just all makes sense to me. With regards to the party all I can say for now is to expect the full Audio Rehab vibe!
Finally what’s up next for you and the label?
For me it’s a summer of nonstop work now I have taken on Ibiza, and for the label it’s pretty much the same.. we are packed full of releases right up until August already with loads of amazing music coming in every day. So 2017 is looking like a very exciting year for myself and everyone involved.