Being asked by Adrian Sherwood to become part of the On-U-Sound family, as a member of Barmy Army (alongside Jah Wobble, Keith Levine, Skip McDonald, Doug Wimbish and Keith LeBlanc), was an honour and a privelige that could not be turned down; following a couple of well received 12" singles, Adrian decided to make an album ("The English Disease"), and I was trusted with the task of recording, collating and (with some help and a few tips from Adrian) editing the football chants, crowd comments, and background atmospherics which I recorded at various West Ham matches during the 1987-1988 and 1988-89 seasons, as well as suitable bits of t.v. commentary. Adrian also allowed me to release a couple of flexidiscs ("Leroy's Boots" and "Billy Bonds MBE") with my football fanzine, "On the Terraces".
Joined the crew of pirate radio station Atmosphere, playing techno, and start my own club night in local pub, also play sporadic club dates and form "Electric Kingdom" with fellow techno dj and Lost disciple Ben Sims.
I finally released a record of my own, on my own label, and it was the first of a dozen or so which I put out on a number of different labels (set up to release different projects).
ohmboy (homage records)
extended loop projects (133 records)
spool (133 records)
untitled (forgery records)
Hearing my tunes being played by people like Steve Bicknell, Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Mike Banks, Andrew Weatherall and Luke Slater was monumental; most of the tracks released on 133 and forgery were me trying to put onto vynil what Steve and Sheree Bicknell's "Lost" and "Burundi" events meant to me.
John Acquavivia was just one of numerous djs from around the World who licensed tracks for inclusion on mix c.d.s,
I also helped edit and master numerous Ben SIms' records (including the infamous Jeff Mills "Alarm", UR "Seawolf" and other Millenium re-edits), and painstakingly pieced together - from hundreds of fragments - both his mix cds.
Become resident at "Warm Leatherette" club night at Herbal in Shoreditch, we were one of the first to really mix up the old (punk, punk-funk, electro) and the new (punk-funk, house, techno, acid), introducing neglected classics like the Buzzcocks' "Oh shit", Colourbox's "Baby I love you so", Cabaret Voltaire's "Nag, nag, nag" and Alternative T.V.'s "Love lies limp" to a generation who weren't even born when those tunes were released.
2012 - 2013
Sonik Skank can best be described as a loose collective of anything between three or four and nine or ten friends who - prior to this - had never played together; we do not practice or rehearse or play anything twice, everything is recorded live in one-take. Edits aside, what you hear is what we played, as we played it.
marc133's audio and production influences include; Green Velvet, Velvet Underground, Underground Resistance, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Swans, Huggy Bear,a certain ratio, Led Zeppelin, Basic Channel/Rhythm and Sound, Four Tops, Einsturzende Neubauten, !!!, Laurie Anderson, Steve Bicknell, Fu-Schnickens, Throbbing Gristle/Psychic tv/Chris and Cozey/Coil, Lee "Scratch" Perry, A.M.G., Mick Karn, Jim Thirwell/Foetus/Wiseblood, Drexciya, Basement 5, Out Hud, Test Department, The Heiroglyphics, Black Sabbath, Funk Brothers, 23 Skidoo, d.j. Funk, Bikini Kill, King Tubby, Boris Blank/Yello, Dopplereffekt, Marley Marl, Cabaret Voltaire.
SONIK SKANK’s tracks