Hailing from the leafy suburbs of South West London is Ram Records’ Wilkinson. His first insight into making music came aged 9 when his parents bought him a drum kit. Mark Wilkinson joined a few bands playing at venues as far as the Birmingham NEC and as close as the local old peoples’ home. This swiftly ended at the age of 14 when Wilkinson discovered his passion for dance music. In his final year at college he tried his hand at making beats, leading him to buy his first bits of production gear and turning his bedroom into a studio. A few years and part time jobs later, after driving his family mad with large amounts of bass loosening the brickwork of his house, Mark secured himself a studio not far from his home. After fine-tuning his production skills, Wilkinson passed a few songs on to Hospital Records via Cyantific, which led to his first release on Hospital’s Sick Music 2 compilation. A few months later he sent a folder of tunes to Ram Records and within days received a phone call from Andy C inviting him for a meeting at Ram HQ.
Wilkinson, now signed to Ram Records/Virgin EMI, is now a dance music star. Following his club anthems Tonight, Take You Higher, Need To Know, Heartbeat, Too Close and Hit The Floor, Wilkinson released Half Light (#20), Dirty Love (#10), Hopelessly Coping (#23) and Afterglow which became a top 5 hit in the UK Chart, selling 500,000 copies and achieving 65 million Youtube views. To date he’s sold a mighty 1.1 million singles. His debut album Lazers Not Included went to number 1 on the iTunes Dance Chart in 10 countries and his tour schedule takes him across the globe performing everywhere from Radio 1 Big Weekend, Glastonbury, Wireless, SW4, Reading & Leeds and EDC Vegas. 2018 will see Wilkinson embark on his fourth summer residency at Amnesia, Ibiza.
He’s built a fierce live reputation with his band over the last four years, selling out London’s Electric, The Forum and Roundhouse and his last 4 UK live tours, not to mention headlining festival stages around the globe. Having remixed and collaborated with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Chase & Status, Wretch 32, Katy B, Laura Mvula and Becky Hill, he’s scooped Best Single, Best Album, Best Video, Best Producer and Best Live Act at the National Drum & Bass Awards, not to mention the VEVO Viewers Award at the MVAs.
His second, critically acclaimed album Hypnotic (released April 2017) became the most successful D&B album of the year, charting at #14 on the UK iTunes Album chart and going on to become a top 20 iTunes Album across six countries, winning him an army of loyal supporters and some unlikely fans – Zane Lowe, Skrillex and Elton John! 2018 sees a lot more music for the man who just doesn’t stop, including headlining Brixton Academy, another Ibiza residency and collaborations galore.
Stay tuned, as this bonafide electronic star will continue to rise.