Mark Crew

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Mark Crew
OriginUckfield, England
GenresPop, rock, electronic
Occupation(s)record producer, mix engineer, songwriter
Years active2010-present
Associated actsBastille, The Wombats, Rag'n'Bone Man

Mark Crew (born 21 February 1985) is a songwriter, record producer and mix engineer based in London, known for his work with Bastille, Rag n Bone Man, and The Wombats.

Production and mixing[edit]

Mark produced and mixed the debut album by Bastille titled Bad Blood, which charted at #1 in the UK,[1] and at #11 in the US.[2] The lead single from the album, Pompeii, charted at #2 in the UK[3] and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US,[4] and has achieved over seven million sales to date. It has been awarded five-times platinum sales award in the US.[5] Bastille subsequently won 'Best Breakthrough Act' at the Brits in 2014,[6] and were nominated for a Grammy for 'Best New Artist' at the 57th Grammy Awards.[7]

The two mixtapes that preceded Bastille's debut album campaign, titled Other People's Heartache Parts I & II, were also produced by Mark. One track from these mixtapes, Of The Night, was the launch single for the extended version of the album, 'All This Bad Blood'. The song charted at #2 in the UK,[8] and has sold over 1.5 million downloads to date.

After Bad Blood, he produced a further Bastille mixtape titled VS., an eight-song set continuing in the vein of the previous mixtapes, featuring appearances from Lizzo, Angel Haze, and Haim.[9]

He went on to produce Bastille's second album, Wild World.[10][11][12] He also mixed 13 titles on the album. Wild World was released on 9 September 2016 and spent two weeks at number 1 on the UK album charts[13] and reached number 4 in the US Billboard 200 charts.[14] The lead single from the album, Good Grief, spent 23 weeks on the UK Singles Chart and was certified with a Gold sales award.[15]

The first single from Bastille's third studio album, titled 'Quarter Past Midnight', was produced at Mark and Dan Smith's studio in London, One Eyed Jack's [16], and was Annie Mac's Hottest Record on 9th May, 2018[17].

Mark also produced the third album from The Wombats.[18] Titled Glitterbug, it was released on April 13, 2015. The first two singles from the album, titled Greek Tragedy and Give Me A Try, were both Zane Lowe's Hottest Records, and play-listed on Radio 1. The album entered the UK albums chart at number 5,[19] and the Australian albums chart at number 2.[20] The Wombats invited Mark back to produce their fourth album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life[21]. The album was produced at his studio[22]. Released on 9th February 2018, the album entered the UK charts at number 3[23] and the Australian charts at number 5[24]. The singles from the album Lemon To A Knife Fight, Cheetah Tongue, and Turn were all selected as Annie Mac's Hottest Records [25][26][27].

He has also co-wrote and co-produced Tears For Fears' song I Love You But I'm Lost[28]; Coasts, producing their songs Oceans, Stay, and Tonight;[29] and To Kill A King, producing and mixing Oh My Love and Breathe, and mixing their album ‘To Kill A King’.[30]

Best Laid Plans[edit]

In 2013 Mark founded Best Laid Plans Records, with production partners Dan "Braque" Priddy and Dan Smith; and Best Laid Plans Music, a music publishing imprint.[31]

The first artist to be produced for Best Laid Plans was Rag'n'Bone Man.[32] The campaign commenced with a mini-album titled Wolves,[33] which featured contributions from Vince Staples, Kate Tempest, and Stig of The Dump. This was followed with an EP titled Disfigured in March 2015,[34] that included the track ‘Bitter End’; which was play listed and performed live at Glastonbury for BBC Radio 1.[35] Rag n Bone Man is signed through to Columbia Records. Mark produced ten tracks on Rag N Bone Man's debut album with his production partner and label co-director Dan "Braque" Priddy. Titled Human, it was released on February 10, 2017,[36] and sold 117,000 copies in the UK in its first week of release, becoming the "fastest-selling male debut album of the decade".[37]

The second artist to be signed to Best Laid Plans was Rationale, whose debut ‘Fuel To The Fire’ EP gained early support from Annie Mac; Huw Stephens, and Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1; and Zane Lowe and Pharrell Williams on Beats 1. Two tracks from the EP, Fuel To The Fire and Fast Lane, were play-listed on Radio 1. Subsequent single, ‘Something For Nothing’, was a 'Hottest Record'[38] and also play-listed on BBC Radio 1. Mark mixed all titles and provided additional production on Something For Nothing.[39]

Selected discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

TITLE ACT ROLE YEAR
Pompeii Bastille Producer 2013
Of the Night Bastille Producer 2013
Bad Blood Bastille Producer, mixer 2013
Greek Tragedy The Wombats Producer 2015
Give Me a Try The Wombats Producer 2015
Be Your Shadow The Wombats Producer 2015
Emoticons The Wombats Producer 2015
Something for Nothing Rationale Additional production, Mixer 2016
Prodigal Son Rationale Additional production, Mixer 2016
Good Grief Bastille Producer 2016
Send Them Off! Bastille Producer, mixer 2016
Blame Bastille Producer 2017
Basket Case (Theme From 'The Tick') Bastille Producer 2017
Grace (We All Try) Rag'n'Bone Man Co-Producer 2017
World Gone Mad Bastille Producer 2017
I Love You But Im Lost Tears For Fears Co-Producer, Co-Writer 2017
Lemon To A Knife Fight The Wombats Co-Producer 2018
Cheetah Tongue The Wombats Co-Producer 2018
Turn The Wombats Co-Producer 2018
Quarter Past Midnight Bastille Producer 2018
At My Weakest James Arthur Producer 2018

Albums, EPs and album tracks[edit]

TITLE ACT ROLE YEAR
Bad Blood Bastille Producer on all titles, mixer on some titles 2013
All This Bad Blood Bastille Producer on all titles, mixer on some titles 2013
VS. Bastille Producer, mixer on some titles 2014
Wolves EP Rag'n'Bone Man Producer, Mixer, Songwriter 2014
Glitterbug The Wombats Producer 2015
To Kill a King To Kill a King Producer on all titles, mixer on some titles 2015
Disfigured EP Rag'n'Bone Man Producer, Mixer, songwriter 2015
Fuel to the Fire EP Rationale mixer 2015
Wild World Bastille Producer on all titles, mixer on some titles 2016
Human Rag'n'Bone Man Producer on 10 titles, Songwriter 2017
Vessels EP Rationale Mixer, Additional Production on 'Prodigal Son' 2017
Wonderland EP Jasmine Thompson Producer, Mixer on 'Wanna Know Love', 'Fix Me', 'Drama' 2017
Witness Katy Perry Co-Producer, Co-writer on 'Act My Age' 2017
Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life The Wombats Producer 2018

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Brits, The. "Brits 2014: Winners in full". BBC. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
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  11. ^ Wild World, Bastille. "Watch as Bastille reveal new music and album title in trailer". NME. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
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  24. ^ Charts, Australian. "THE WOMBATS - BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE (ALBUM)". Australian-Charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
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  28. ^ Swift, Jacqui. "IT'S A MAD WORLD Tears For Fears stars chat ego issues and look ahead to new tour and new album Rule The World — after band sells out Royal Albert Hall". thesun.co.uk. News Group Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  29. ^ Coasts, Coasts. "All Music Production Credits". All Music. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  30. ^ To Kill A King, To Kill A King. "To Kill A King announce new self-titled album". Music News. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  31. ^ "ABOUT". BEST LAID PLANS. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  32. ^ Signing, Rag'n'Bone Man. "Rag'n'Bone Man's life changed by rent-paying producer". The List.
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