Mark Hill (musician)

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Mark Hill
Birth nameMark Leslie Hill
Also known asArtful
Born (1972-12-22) 22 December 1972 (age 47)
Cwmbran, Wales
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1997–present
Labels
  • Fagin Records
  • Centric Records
  • Public Demand Records
  • Workhouse Records
  • FFRR
  • London
  • Sound Proof
  • 60hz Records
Associated acts
Websitewww.60hzmusic.com

Mark Leslie Hill (born 22 December 1972 in Cwmbran, Wales) is a Welsh musician, songwriter and record producer. He rose to fame as one half of the Artful Dodger and co-writer and producer of Craig David's multi-platinum debut studio album, Born to Do It. Since he began releasing music in 1997, Hill has achieved four Ivor Novello Awards, a number one album, two number one singles and over 10 million records sales worldwide.

Early life[edit]

Hill got his first guitar at eight years old; he would play along to the radio and immerse himself in songs by artists such as Stevie Wonder and George Benson. Throughout his early years and teens, Hill played the drums in brass bands, rock bands and orchestras, but the plan was to study to become an architect. After persuasion from his music teacher and uncle to also study music (and with the prospect of a seven-year degree becoming less appealing), Hill moved to Southampton to study music at university. After joining a band as a percussionist, he and the bass player from the band decided to go into business together by setting up a recording studio. It was through the brief trading period of the studio that Hill met future half of Artful Dodger, Pete Devereux. They produced several speed garage bootlegs, and, while working as DJs, they met Craig David.

Career[edit]

Artful Dodger recorded "Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)" with Craig David on vocals. It was released by Relentless Records, after signing the track from Public Demand, and it peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1999.[1]

Artful Dodger continued to create successful tracks following the success of "Re-Rewind", with "Movin' Too Fast" (featuring Romina Johnson), being picked up by Locked on Records and "Woman Trouble" (featuring Craig David and Robbie Craig), being signed up by Pete Tong's FFRR label. This was followed by the debut studio album, It's All About the Stragglers. In 2001, this incarnation of Artful Dodger ended.[2] While working on the Artful Dodger album, Hill started and ran a record label under Universal Records, with Lucian Grainge, known as Sound Proof.[3]

Following the completion of Craig David's Born to Do It, Hill bought a house in Ibiza and set up his own studio there.[3][4] He started working with David on his second studio album, while living and working as a DJ on the island.[4] Hill retained an interest in developing emerging UK talent and he formed The stiX, a live band, featuring Michelle Escoffery, Lifford and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Hill subsequently took a break from music, getting married, having three children and focussing on other business ventures. Music had become a pastime rather than a career, but he returned to the studio in the late 2000s. By 2011, Hill was back as Artful, releasing new music on his own label, Workhouse Records.

On 11 November 2011, Mark together with Ridney,[5] were invited by Matt "Producer Matt" Auckland[6] to join Voice FM, presenting a new two hour dance music show. The Global House Party,[7] (formerly known as the Artful & Ridney Show), airs every Friday across Southampton on 103.9 Voice FM, and syndicated worldwide to 15 stations in six countries.[8] This ended after 300+ episodes on 1 May 2018 after the death of Producer Matt.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

All of their subsequent hit singles have also been collaborations:

Year Title Chart positions Album
UK Singles Chart[1]
1997 "The Revenge of Popeye" Non-album singles
"Something"
(featuring Craig David)
1998 "If You Love Me" – Mark Hill
"The Messenger"
"What You Gonna Do"
(featuring Craig David)
2 It's All About the Stragglers
1999 "Movin' Too Fast"
(featuring Romina Johnson)
2
"Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)"
(featuring Craig David)
2
2000 "Woman Trouble"
(featuring Craig David)
6
"Movin' Too Fast (Remix)"
(featuring Romina Johnson)
2
"Woman Trouble"
(featuring Robbie Craig and Craig David)
6
"Please Don't Turn Me On"
(featuring Lifford)
4
2001 "Think About Me"
(featuring Michelle Escoffery)
11
"TwentyFourSeven"
(featuring Melanie Blatt)
6
"It Ain't Enough"
(Dreem Teem, Coco Star vs. Artful Dodger)
20
2002 "Ladies"
(featuring General Levy and Roachie)
Non-album singles
2003 "Ruff Neck Sound"
(featuring Richie Dan and Sevi G)
2006 "Flex"
(featuring Vula)
2011 "Could Just Be the Bassline"[9]
(featuring Kal Lavelle)
2012 "Do What We Do"
(with Ridney featuring Aaron James Cashell)
"Rhapsody"
(with Ridney)
2013 "Architect"
(featuring Cairo)
Unfinished Business EP
"Wasteman"
"He Loves Me"
(featuring Terri Walker)
"Quick"
"Planes, Trains & Migraines"
"Missing You"[10]
(with Ridney featuring Terri Walker, co-written Donae'o)
Non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 30. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Paul Ridney, "Re-Rewind Artful Dodger feat. Craig David [Secrets of a Dance Hit with Ridney]". SoundCloud. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b Sam, "Mark Hill/Artful Dodger [Producer]". Speakhertz.com. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b Mya Joel, "Artful At Ballyhoo and Interview with Mark Hill". The UpComing. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  5. ^ "RIDNEY – DJ, Producer & Remixer | James Talk & Ridney". Ridney.tv. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "djbook Resources and Information". Djbook.co. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  8. ^ "103.9 Voice FM – New site coming soon". Voicefmradio.co.uk. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Artful – Could Just Be The Bassline (Feat. Kal Lavelle) Official Video". YouTube. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Artful & Ridney ft. Terri Walker – Missing You (Ridney Re-work)". YouTube. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.