Mark Pritchard (music producer)

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Mark Pritchard
Mark Pritchard DJ 2009.jpg
Background information
Birth name Mark Pritchard
Also known as Harmonic 313, Reload, Troubleman, Link, Harmonic 33, N.Y. Connection
Born 1971
Crewkerne, Somerset, England
Occupation(s) Producer, Performer, DJ, Remixer
Instruments Various
Years active 20
Associated acts Global Communication, Africa Hitech, 28 East Boyz, Jedi Knights, Use of Weapons, Vertigo, Chaos & Julia Set, Pulusha, Shaft, Pritch & Trim,
Website markprtchrd.com

Mark Pritchard (born 1971) is an English electronic musician, resident in Australia and currently signed to Warp Records.[1]

History[edit]

Mark Pritchard was born in Crewkerne, Somerset, England in 1971. From an early age he listened to a wide range of musical styles, and says when he was 5 his mother would buy him a new 7' record every week.[2] After spending his school years listening to ska, 2-tone, indie and rock, he eventually became involved in club music, specifically Detroit techno and Chicago house. In the clubs of Taunton he came into contact with fellow West Country residents Tom Middleton and Richard D. James. Middleton would become frequent collaborator and James would eventually be Pritchad's label-mate on Warp Records. Pritchard and Middleton formed a record label, Evolution (named after one of Carl Craig's tracks), in 1991. The label played host to experimental electronica and dance music, including early releases from Matthew Herbert and Danny Breaks, but was eventually discontinued. Throughout the 90's Pritchard and Middleton worked together under several guises, Global Communication and Jedi Knights. In the late 90's he started collaborating with Dave Brinkworth spawning the projects Use of Weapons and Harmonic 33. Other collaborative projects include series 7 with Stephen Horne, Shaft with Adrian Hughes, Vertigo with Danny Breaks, The 28 East Boyz with Kevin Hann, Chaos & Julia Set with Dominic Fripp, Mystic Institute with Paul Kent, Pulusha with Kirsty Hawkshaw, Pritch & Trim with Trim and Africa Hitech with Steve Spacek. Throughout his career, he has also recorded solo work under various aliases, including Reload, Link, Harmonic 313, Troubleman, NY Connection, William Parrott, and Roberto Edwardo Turner (The Returner). In June 2013, it was announced that he would be retiring his various aliases and using solely his birth name for future releases.[3] A full length album is forthcoming on Warp, which Pritchard has stated will be less focused on club music.[4]

Solo Projects[edit]

Link[edit]

The Link material goes back to 1992's The First Link EP,[5] and is predominantly techno, often using drum breaks in favour of classic 808 and 909 drum sounds.[6] There were two EP's released solo as Link, these being The First Link EP on Evolution and The Augur on Symbiotic.[7] The Link alias also spawned Link & E621, which referred to Pritchard and Tom Middleton and was used for the 1995 release Antacid.[8]

N.Y. Connection[edit]

This NYC house project was inspired by Strictly Rhythm's early 90's releases, particularly those of DJ Pierre. The project yielded five singles, two of which were produced in conjunction with Kevin Hann of 28 East Boyz.[9][10]

Troubleman[edit]

The Troubleman material was released through Far Out Recordings from 2001-2005. The releases were generally mid-tempo, electro and funk with Brazilian influences.[11] Pritchard has cited Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez as an influence for the project.[12] The project yielded six singles/EPs and two albums.[13]

Reload[edit]

The Reload alias was born in 1991 and was responsible for some of Pritchard's more industrial output.[14] Under this alias, several EPs and remixes were produced, and the 1993 album A Collection of Short Stories.[15]

Harmonic 313[edit]

Pritchard has released under this alias through Warp Records since 2008. Under it he released four EP's/singles and one full length, When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence.[16] He created the moniker to link with his Harmonic 33 project whilst acknowledging the Detroit influence (313 being the Detroit area code) heard in its sound.[17]

Mark Pritchard[edit]

Pritchard first released solo material under his birth name with 2009's The Hologram on Ho-Hum Records. Following releases on Hyperdub and Deep Medi Musik, he is currently signed to Warp Records, through which he released a trilogy of EP's exploring styles such as footwork and jungle in 2013.[18]

Collaborative Projects[edit]

Global Communication[edit]

Main article: Global Communication

Conceived in the early nineties, Global Communication was another collaborative project of Pritchard and Tom Middleton, and its output was predominantly ambient.[19] Most of the material was released on Dedicated and comprises eight singles/EPs and two albums, including Pentamerous Metamorphosis, a reworking of the Chapterhouse album Blood Music.[20] They also released the album 76:14 (named after its duration) which The Guardian featured in their 1,000 Albums to Hear Before You Die list, describing it as an "unfathomably beautiful out-of-time masterpiece."[21] Perhaps their most well known release was 1996's The Way / The Deep EP, considered by some to be a house classic.[22]

Reload & E621[edit]

The Reload & E621 moniker was used for Reload releases that featured Tom Middleton.[23] E621 (the E number for Monosodium glutamate) also denoted the addition of Middleton in the Link & E621 project.[24]

28 East Boyz[edit]

This was the pairing of Pritchard and his school friend, Kevin Hann. For contractual reasons, Pritchard could not use his real name for the credits, so he and his manager came up with the nom de plume William Parrot based on his childhood pets.[25] The project yielded two singles.[26]

Jedi Knights[edit]

A project with Tom Middleton, Jedi Knights first appeared remixing the Link & E621 track Antacid in 1995.[27] Pritchard said the project in part came about as a reaction to what they saw as a lack of funk and humour in the club scene, and cites P-Funk and Electro as musical influences.[28]

Use of Weapons[edit]

A project with Dave Brinkworth, released through Danny Breaks' Drum and Bass and Jungle label, Droppin' Science.[29] The pair released three singles under this alais from 1998 to 2001.[30]

Vertigo[edit]

Following on from releasing through his label, Pritchard ended up collaborating with Danny Breaks under this alias. This one-off collaboration resulted in the 2000 single The Drained / Migraine [31]

Chaos & Julia Set[edit]

This was the collaborative project of Pritchard and Dominic Fripp, a school friend of Pritchard's who wrote the short stories featured on the Reload album. They released three singles between 1993 and 1997.[32]

Pulusha[edit]

This was a predominantly ambient project with Opus III vocalist Kirsty Hawkshaw, and resulted in the 1997 release Isolation.[33] Pricthard went on to produce Hawkshaw's debut album with Dave Brinkworth, and in 2004, Pritchard contributed to Hawkshaw's Ambient Vocals.[34][35]

Shaft[edit]

Shaft was originally Pritchard, Kevin Hann and Adrian Hughes. The project spawned the Pritchard-penned UK top 10 single Roobarb and Custard, which sampled the cartoon of the same name. The success of the single meant Pritchard could afford to buy some equipment and ultimately allowed him to focus on making music full-time from then on in. A UK #61 chart hit followed in 'Monkey' in 1992. [36] The project produced four singles/EPs.[37]

Harmonic 33[edit]

This was a collaborative project with Dave Brinkworth that started in 1998. It yielded five singles/EPs, and two albums; Extraordinary People and Music For Film, Television & Radio Volume One.[38] The name came from a book about extra-terrestrial beings using planetary harmonic frequencies to navigate space. Stylistically, the releases explored "...exotica, '60s/'70s library music, sci-fi, ...hip-hop".[39]

Africa Hitech[edit]

Main article: Africa Hitech

This was a project collaborative project with Steve Spacek, who came up with name after the pair discussed how African and Jamaican migrants had influenced UK club music.[40] The duo released exclusively through Warp Records and produced four singles/EPs and the album 93 Million Miles.[41]

Pritch & Trim[edit]

Pritchard and grime MC Trim teamed up for the Planet Mu single Stereotype in 2011.[42] In interview in August 2013, Pritchard stated he might potentially feature on Trim's forthcoming album for Rinse, and that Trim may feature on his forthcoming album for Warp.[43]

Mark Pritchard and Wiley[edit]

Pritchard collaborated with "Godfather of Grime", Wiley on the 2012 single Scar/Moneyman, released by Ninja Tune. The 12" included a remix of Money Man under the Harmonic 313 alias.[44]

Style[edit]

Pritchard produces music in a wide range of genres, including Hip-Hop, Techno, Jungle, Ambient, Grime and Drum and bass.[45] FACT magazine claims across all this eclecticism, there are some consistent themes, stating "He's not a minimalist, for one: regardless of genre, his productions are rich, gestural, and almost always interested in surface dazzle" and " his output tends also towards the instantly accessible".[46]

Selected Discography[edit]

  • The First Link EP (Link) - Evolution 1992
  • A Collection Of Short Stories (Reload) - Infonet 1993
  • 76:14 (Global Communication) - Dedicated 1994
  • New School Science (Jedi Knights) - Evolution 1996
  • The Way/The Deep (Global Communication) -Dedicated 1996
  • Extraordinary People (Harmonic 33) - Alphabet Zoo 2002
  • Time Out Of Mind (As Troubleman) - Far Out Recordings 2004
  • When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence (as Harmonic 313) - Warp Records 2008
  • Elephant Dub / Heavy As Stone - Deep Medi Musik February 2010

Selected Remixes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artist Page". Warp. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Artists Page". Far Out Recordings. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Mark Pritchard to Retire Aliases". FACT. Retrieved 2014-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Mark Pritchard Interview". FACT Magazine. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Link Releases Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  7. ^ "Link Releases Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  8. ^ "Anatacid Release Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  9. ^ "N.Y. Connection Artist Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  10. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  11. ^ "Artists Page". Far Out Recordings. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  12. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  13. ^ "Troubleman Releases Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  14. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  15. ^ "Reload Artist Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  16. ^ "Harmonic 313 Releases Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  17. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  18. ^ "Mark Pritchard Artist Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  19. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  20. ^ "Global Communication Artist Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  21. ^ "1,000 Albums to Hear Before You Die". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  22. ^ "The Way / The Deep Release Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  23. ^ "Reload Artist Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  24. ^ "Anatacid Release Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  25. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  26. ^ "28 East Boyz Artist Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  27. ^ "Feature - The Essential Mark Pritchard". FACT. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  28. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  29. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  30. ^ "Use of Weapons Artist Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  31. ^ "The Drained / Migraine Release Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  32. ^ "Chaos & Julia Set Artist Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  33. ^ "Isolation Release Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  34. ^ "Feature - The Essential Mark Pritchard". FACT. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  35. ^ "Ambient Vocals Release Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  36. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  37. ^ "Shaft Artist Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  38. ^ "Harmonic 33 Releases Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  39. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  40. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  41. ^ "Hitech Releases Page". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  42. ^ "Stereotype Release Page". Planet Mu. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  43. ^ "Feature - The Many Faces of Mark Pritchard". XLR8R. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  44. ^ "Scar/Moneyman release page". Ninja Tune. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  45. ^ "Mark Pritchard Interview". FACT Magazine. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  46. ^ "Feature - The Essential Mark Pritchard". FACT. Retrieved 2014-01-23. 

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