Mark Hawkins
Main style: Techno
Favorite styles: Acid, Acid Techno, Berlin School, Dark Ambient, Deep House, Deep Techno, Detroit Techno, Dub, Dub Techno, Experimental, French House, Funky Techno, Ghettotech, Glitch, Hard IDM, Hard Techno, IDM, Illbient, Industrial Techno, Microhouse, Minimal Electronica, Smooth Jazz, Turntablism, UK Techno, Yorkshire Bleeps and Bass, Old School Rap
DJ, producer
Location: Germany, Berlin
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Mark Hawkins

ʻI make music I like, influenced by sounds from the mid 90s coming out of Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Eindhoven and many other places. I made records for Djax and Mosquito. I played in a lot of different clubs around the world, but this isn't important to what I do right now. The moment is important, and making good music right now is important, much more important that any "Claims to fame" I might have.' - Mark Hawkins, 2011.

Mark Hawkins is one electronic music producer who doesn't want to ride off of over-inflated claims. Being lucky enough to catch the last wave of a more widespread techno scene at the end of the 90s was important in establishing Hawkins as a purveyor of electronic music with attitude.

Almost as a backlash to the plethora of loop based techno productions that were prevalent at the time, Mark began to chart out his own path as to where he thought the techno sound should be going into the twenty-first century.

Finding tribal styles too repetitive and boring, and more experimental sounds, whilst interesting and creative, too irrelevant for most audiences, Hawkins fused raw Chicago styled beats with melancholic synth melodies in an abrasive fashion, and burst onto dancefloors worldwide with his cult 2001 Djax Up Beats debut "Ctrl Alt Delete" which championed a sound unlike mainstream techno of the time.

This led to a multitude of releases over the next few years, alongside numerous DJ and Live appearances all over Europe, as well as visits to such far flung places as Israel and Australia.

Interest in different experiences and cultures tied with a fascination of life behind the former iron curtain, and facilitated by a relocation from the UK to Berlin, Germany, Hawkins proceeded to extensively tour through eastern Europe,taking in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, discovering many previously unknown scenes, events, Djs and producers.

As time went by he exposed his deeper side, showing a diversity of sound not often found amongst dancefloor producers. This culminated in his 2007 album "The Doomsday clock" which he released as a free download through his own website.

Over the last year Hawkins has been trying out some new musical directions, from the dub techno of "Sudeikiai Dubs" through to hard and experimental Acid IDM stylings of tracks like "Acid Plus Amen".

The sound he has become most known and loved for in 2011 however, is his reprise of the early to mid nineties inspired Acid sound which draws heavy influence from U.S. Acid labels like Drop Bass Network, Communique records, and German acid pioneers Walker, Khan and Mike Ink as featured on the legendary D.J.Ungle Fever and Force Inc. imprints.

Forthcoming projects from Hawkins include limited edition vinyl releases, free digital releases through his own website and Serbian based net label Teskoba. Also in the pipeline is an as yet undisclosed electronica project. He continues to tour his live performances worldwide on a regular basis.

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