Mark Professor and Daddy Gadman touch down on the mic alongside Seanie T and a whole heap of other MCs to support fellow and legendary London reggae night ‘Tighten Up’. Photos copyright Mistah Brown
Selector, MC and recording artist but first and fore mostly a record collector. Instead of catching the bus home from school, he would spend his pocket money on records! He still collects and now amassed a huge collection too big to count, rumoured to be in the region of 25,000 records. He is one of London’s most respected vinyl collectors who specialises in Reggae but other genres as well. It was in this path that led him to the world of sound systems, the collecting of legendary sound tapes and eventually to chatting his own lyrics. As a teenager in the dancehalls of North-West London, Mark was fortunate to witness the explosion of the British MC boom of the 80s inspired by the sounds of Jamaica but with its own unique British twist. Inspired by the legendary sound systems of the 80s like Jamdown Rockers, Volcano and Saxon to name a few, Mark started to write and chat his own lyrics. One of the key elements to his writing, is being topical and witty, this has been his trademark style, harking back to the days sound system delivered the news, with the mc’s being the presenters.
Since back in the day Mark has been involved in sound systems from his first sound Powerstar, a Dancehall sound to Nightlife Experience, still one of the leading street sounds, mashing up blues dances, clubs and parties in North-West London and the world. He went on to join current rub-a-dub sound Stereo City (the reggae subsidiary of the World Famous Soca Saga Boys) with their heavyweight sound system and heavyweight selection. Being a vinyl connoisseur has led him down a dynamic path joining unique music collectives such as The Reference Library and Djing with Queen Of Revival and Lovers Rock Texas Ranger, at one of central London’s legendary Reggae sessions Trojan Explosion.
Since 2010 Mark has been a member of East London premier Sound System Wreck It Up Crew. As a collective they host nights at legendary clubs including Bangarang at Strongrooms and 93 Feet East, which have become seminal sessions as well as talent showcase for the crews MCs and Selectors. The team is renowned for bringing a lively vibe wherever they play, and has been an integral part of the MC renaissance. This connection led on to the link up with producer and associated Wreck It Up Crew member Wrongtom.
Linking up on the mic with Wrongtom supporting Rodney P in the summer of 2012, he performed a number of his now seminal lyrics over classic dancehall rhythms. This spurned Tom to start recording Mark and providing his unique rhythms for his lyrics. This subsequently gave birth to Mark as a recording artist and his debut single Oystah Card. The single is causing a stir in the wider music audience with plays by DJs including the legendary David Rodigan on 1xtra, Rob Da Bank on Radio One and championed by John Kennedy on Xfm, who also interviewed him. Oystah Card was also featured in the October issue of Mojo magazine, online and in print, by being listed as number one on their monthly playlist. Mark Professor and Wrongtom are working on an album that will be released in the future on Wrongtoms Reggae label Rongorock where you can also find Oystah Card on 7” vinyl and digital downloads. Available from all good record shops.
“As a card carrying member and a bass-line defender I can highly recommend Mark Professor’s Oystah Card….Top Up!” Don Letts (BBC 6Music)
“Sweet Smiley Culture style celebration of modern mobility.” John Kennedy (Xfm)
"An original, unique flavour." David Rodigan (BBC 1Xtra)
"Hugely catchy" MOJO
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2013
The Wreck It Up crew in conjunction with The Defectors Weld and Wray & Nephew overproof Rum are proud to present an extra special DJ and MC line-up to celebrate Carnival with a bang. It went off last year and has been quoted as “probably the best night in the history of the venue” the dance was rammed with queues running round the block and people trying to climb in through the windows and dancing on the speakers as our Djs and Mcs shelled the place down. This year we return with something equally special.
The 25th of August sees the Wreck It Up Crew return to celebrate Carnival with their ‘Authentic Reggae Power Sound Vibes’ at The Defectors Weld in Shepherds Bush with a special on off event.
Special guest DJ’s and MC’s join the crew for your audio pleasure in the venue with DJs spinning scorching tunes whilst the MCs do their thing onstage..
London’s best kept Reggae secret, the Wreck It Up Crew, have been blowing the roof off clubs since 2009 with their unique positive and uplifting style of DJ/MC combo turntablism encompassing all forms of Reggae from Ska, Dancehall, Rocksteady, Dub, versions galore and even more!
To build on the buzz from last years packed out, mad vibe night, we present an extra special line up of special guest DJs and MCs joining us including:
Marvellous Cain (Yard Rock)
Dj Eli & Junior Kickstart (Wreck It Up Crew)
Deejay Samrai (Swing Ting)
Lulu Williams (The Mix-Up Girls)
And your host MCs
Deemas J (Tru Thoughts)
Daddy Gadman (Wreck It Up Crew)
The Sound-Systems lock off early evening and we will be taking the baton so make us your next port of call for seriously wicked vibes and tunes. Caribbean food served all day. In association with Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum.
Mark Professor and Dj Eli from the crew ‘fly a foreign’ this weekend to play a session in Guernsey
***OldTime NewTime Sounds brings to you the East London governors of Reggae the “Wreck-It Up Crew” ***
This time we present you not one but two acts in the form of Mark Professor and Dj Eli, they together form one of Londons elite Reggae soundsystems and run the Brick Lane Reggae dance “Bangarang”.
Having worked with such names as Marcia Griffiths, Max Romeo and Errol Dunkley, The Wreck It Up Crew are guaranteed to provide an authentic dancehall experience. We’re loading the night with 3 selectors and 2 emcees bringing you the best of all sounds Reggae, Dub, Dancehall, Soca and Jungle.
Mark Professor and Dj Eli will be being backed up by Old Time New Time Sounds very own Limey Banton and Deemas J so expect heavyweight collaboration between Prof and Deemas J on mic duties.
PLUS Live PA of Mark Professors forthcoming release on Rongorock “Oystah Card”.
THE DROP IN-(RECORD HAVEN). Our man Mark Professor is the host of an extra special event for vinyl lovers such as ourselves. In conjunction with Eldica Records.
The Drop In is happening TOMORROW but takes place the last Wednesday of every month at Juno Bar on Shoreditch High Street
Record Swap shop and Record Fair!
A must for all record collectors and vinyl enthusiasts!
With vendors exhibiting their records for sale and swap. Also with a variety of connoisseurs djing showcasing the creme of their collections.
Wednesday 29th May 2013
7.30pm - 11.30pm…..
134 - 135 Shoreditch High Street
Hosted by Mark Professor (Wreck it Up crew/ Stereo city Sound)
For info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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