Mark Rae

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Mark Rae
Birth name Mark Rae
Born Ashington, Northumberland, England
Origin Manchester
Genres Soul, Hiphop, Electronic,Trip Hop
Occupation(s) DJ,Producer, Songwriter, Author
Instruments Turntables
Years active 1986 to present
Labels Grand Central, Yes King Records, Mark's Music
Associated acts Rae & Christian, Yes King

Mark Rae, born in Ashington, Northumberland, England, was the head of the independent production label Grand Central Music and one half of DJ and production duo Rae & Christian.

History[edit]

Grand Central and Rae & Christian[edit]

In 1987, he moved to Manchester and became manager and co-owner of Manchester's celebrated music store Fat City Records, before releasing an E.P. for Tony D on Grand Central music label, which held a place at the top of the UK’s independent music scene until 2006. During this time, Rae stacked up releases with Steve Christian under the ‘Rae & Christian’ guise, and worked with artists like the Pharcyde, Jungle Brothers, Bobby Womack and The Congos. He also co-wrote with Mr Scruff of Ninja Tune fame, and produced hundreds of remixes of artists including Jay-Z and Bob Marley. His music has been featured on TV shows that include So You Think You Can Dance (US), Sex and the City, Six Feet Under and Come Dine With Me, as well as various films.

Rae released three studio albums with Steve Christian as Rae & Christian. He also performed producing, remixing and DJing duties for a number of other artists, and occasionally co-wrote tracks with Mr. Scruff. Rae & Christian hit the festival circuit with full force and performed at some of the most prestigious events in the world such as Glastonbury, Roskilde, V Festival and Rae opened for Madonna with Texas at the Brixton Music Academy.

Rae and Christian released their 3rd studio album after a considerable hiatus. The album has contributions from Masta Ace, Jazzy Jeff and Jake Emlyn on the Hiphop side. The songs are shared with Ed Harcourt, Gita Langley, Diagrams, Kate Rogers and Mark Foster. It was released in October 2013 through the label Late Night Tales

Yes King Records and solo projects[edit]

Rae recorded his first proper solo record, Rae Road, in 2002. The advent of Rae's (DJ mix album) Ode To A Dying DJ (part of the Trustthedj series) saw the first music released by Rae's new partnership with Rhys Adams, under the band name ARP (standing for Adams.Rae.Productions).

Rae and Adams teamed up again for a new project - the record label, Yes King Records, and the band Yes King. The first Yes King album, Rock This World, was released in March 2008. The music blends hip hop, dancehall, ragga and skank–ska. Guest vocalists include Dawn Penn, Prezident Brown, Veba, Pete Simpson, Sweetie Irie, Kenny Knotts, Ayak Thiik, Babychan and Mystro.

In 2009, a remix album of Rae & Christian tracks Raiding the Vaults was released exclusively on iTunes. The album was noted on Rae's MySpace page as a "collaboration" between Yes King and Rae & Christian.

Rae released his autobiography as a 10" vinyl gatefold album that opens up to a 40,000 word book in September of 2016. The project is titled "Northern Sulphuric Soulboy" and covers his experiences in the music industry as well as featuring 8 tracks including collaborations with Tony D, Pete Simpson and Kate Rogers.

Discography[edit]

Rae & Christian[edit]

Solo[edit]

Yes King[edit]

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