Wilkinson (musician)

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Birth nameMark Wilkinson[1]
Born (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 32)
London Borough of Hammersmith, England
OriginHammersmith, London, England
  • Record producer
  • DJ
  • remixer
Years active2010–present[1]
Associated acts

Mark Wilkinson (born 18 April 1989),[2] better known by his stage name Wilkinson, is an English record producer, DJ and remixer from Hammersmith, England. He has released music on RAM Records and Hospital Records, as well as Virgin EMI. His 2013 single "Afterglow" with uncredited vocals by Becky Hill reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart on 20 October 2013.

Music career[edit]

2010–2016: RAM Records and Lazers Not Included[edit]

On 13 December 2010 Wilkinson released his debut single "Moonwalker / Samurai" through RAM Records. The tracks were first premiered through Andy C's drum and bass compilation album Nightlife 5.[3] On 12 June 2011, he released the single "Every Time / Overdose", which became the 99th single release of RAM Records. "Every Time" features vocals from Marcus Gregg and it became Wilkinson's first song to spawn a music video.[4][5][6] On 4 December 2011, he released "Tonight / Pistol Whip". "Tonight" was later re-released in 2013 as the iTunes Single of the Week to promote the release of his debut studio album Lazers Not Included. On 19 August 2012, he released the single "Automatic / Hands Up!". Although it received mixed feedback and significantly less airplay, "Automatic" still managed to gain support from the likes of Annie Mac and MistaJam.[7]

On 2 December 2012, he released "Need to Know / Direction" featuring Iman as the lead single from his debut studio album. On 3 April 2013, he released "Take You Higher / Crunch" as the next single from the album. On 26 July 2013, he released "Heartbeat" featuring P Money and Arlissa as the third single from his debut studio album. On 13 October 2013, he released "Afterglow" as the fourth single from his debut studio album. The song peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart, making it his first top 10 single in the UK. On 28 October 2013, he released his debut studio album Lazers Not Included. The album peaked at number 46 on the UK Albums Chart and number 2 on the UK Dance Chart. On 9 February 2014, he released "Too Close" featuring Detour City as the album's fifth single, which peaked at number 55 in the UK. The album's sixth single "Half Light" (featuring Tom Cane) charted at number 25 in the UK, making it Wilkinson's second top 40 single. It was released on 1 June 2014.

Since the release of Lazers Not Included, Wilkinson has worked on music with Katy B, Wretch 32, Angel Haze and Knytro. On 14 July 2014, a new single entitled "Dirty Love" premiered on MistaJam's BBC Radio 1Xtra show.[8] The song features vocals from Talay Riley, and was released on 12 October 2014. The song later featured on the "extended edition" of Lazers Not Included, which was released on 20 October 2014. This new edition of his debut album, originally titled Lazers Not Included 2.0, was to be released on 18 August 2014 and was to feature six previously unheard songs.[9] However, these plans were scrapped and the extended edition instead featured numerous remixes of and by Wilkinson alongside the new single.[10]

On 2 October 2014, he embarked on his Lazers Not Included tour with support from Etherwood, I See MONSTAS and Toyboy & Robin on selected dates. The tour began in Bournemouth and finished in Cambridge. A new song with Shannon Saunders (with whom he is in a relationship), entitled "Breathe", premiered in Bournemouth.[11] His next single, a collaboration with TC entitled "Hit the Floor", was released exclusively to Beatport on 12 January 2015 and elsewhere on 26 January.[12] The song was pressed to a number of limited edition picture discs for Record Store Day 2015. On 6 March 2015, his next single entitled "Hopelessly Coping" (featuring Thabo) premiered on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show. It was released on 17 May 2015 alongside remixes from Gorgon City, René LaVice, Preditah and Hanami. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 49. On 24 August 2015, "Breathe" was released as a free download, accompanied by a music video. The song is also available on digital retailers.

2016–2018: Hypnotic[edit]

"Flatline", the lead single from Wilkinson's forthcoming second studio album, Hypnotic, features vocals from Wretch 32 and was released on 12 March 2016.[13] This was followed by "What", featuring uncredited vocals from MC Ad-Apt and "Sweet Lies", featuring vocals from Karen Harding. Hypnotic was released on 21 April 2017. He released the song Rush with Dimension in November 2017.

In 2018, Wilkinson released the singles "Take It Up" (with Sub Focus), "Decompression" and "I Need" (feat. Hayla). 2019 saw the release of the UKF10 sampler which contained Wilkinson's song "Machina".

2019–present: Portals and Sleepless Music[edit]

In September 2019, Wilkinson and Sub Focus released "Illumiunate" as a first single for their album Portals, released on 9 October 2020. Their second single, "Just Hold On", came out in April 2020. In July 2020, it was announced that Wilkinson is scheduled to perform at the 2021 SW4 (South West Four Weekender) festival.[14] Later single to follow were "Air I Breathe", "Turn the Lights Off" and "Freedom" featuring Empara Mi. The album was released on 9 October 2020.

On 18 February 2021, Wilkinson announced the launch of his new record label, Sleepless Music.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK Dance
Lazers Not Included 46 2
  • Released: 21 April 2017
  • Label: RAM
  • Format: Digital download, CD
41 1
(with Sub Focus)
  • Released: 9 October 2020
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Format: Digital download, CD
68 1
  • Released: 11 February 2022
  • Label: Sleepless Music
  • Format: Digital download, CD


Year Single Peak chart positions Album

2010 "Moonwalker / Samurai" Non-album singles
2011 "Every Time / Overdose"
"Tonight / Pistol Whip"
2012 "Automatic / Hands Up!"
"Need to Know / Direction"[a]
(featuring Iman)
195 39 105 Lazers Not Included
2013 "Take You Higher / Crunch" 35
(featuring P Money and Arlissa)
169 36
"Afterglow"[b] 8 1 75 15
2014 "Too Close"
(featuring Detour City)
55 14 78 83
"Half Light"
(featuring Tom Cane)
25 9 133 28
"Dirty Love"
(featuring Talay Riley)
20 5 99 27 Lazers Not Included (extended version)
2015 "Hit the Floor"
(with TC)
Non-album singles
"Hopelessly Coping"
(featuring Thabo)
49 11 60
2016 "Flatline"
(featuring Wretch 32)
Non-album single
"Sweet Lies"
(featuring Karen Harding)
34 98 Hypnotic
"Brand New"
2017 "We Will Be"
(featuring Matt Wills)
"Wash Away (Calling For You)"
(featuring Boy Matthews)
(with Dimension)
Non-album singles
2018 "Decompression"
"Take It Up"
(with Sub Focus)
"I Need"
(featuring Hayla)
2019 "All For You"
(featuring Karen Harding)
(with Sub Focus)
2020 "Just Hold On"[21]
(with Sub Focus)
"Air I Breathe"[22]
(with Sub Focus)
"Turn the Lights Off"
(with Sub Focus)
2021 "Freedom"
(with Sub Focus featuring Empara Mi)
"Frontline" Cognition
"Keep Dancing"[23]
(with Amber Van Day)
"If You Want It"[24]
"Used to This"[25]
(with Issey Cross)
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2013 "Tonight"[c] Lazers Not Included
2015 "Breathe"
(featuring Shannon Saunders)

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Release Label
2010 "Hypnosis" Sick Music 2 Hospital
"Scream It"[d] Andy C: Nightlife 5 RAM
2011 "Refugee" RAM 100 RAM
"Get into It"
(with Cyantific)
Touch Me / Get into It RAM
2012 "Blender Bass" Non-album single Self-released
2013 "Casino"[e] Andy C: Nightlife 6 RAM
2019 "Machina" UKF10 - 10 Years of UKF UKF


Year Song Artist
2010 "Hold the Line"
(with Cyantific)
Major Lazer
(with Cyantific)
Kid Adrift
"Box of Secrets"
(with Cyantific)
2011 "Under the Stars" Morning Parade
"Time" Chase & Status
featuring Delilah
"Reaching Out" Nero
"Midnight Run" Example
2012 "Pixelated People" Jess Mills
"Remedy" Professor Green
featuring Ruth-Anne
"Pure Gold" Calyx and Teebee
featuring Kemo
"Breaking" Syron
2013 "Reload" Wiley
featuring Chip
"Fade" Jakwob
featuring Maiday
"Think About It" Naughty Boy
featuring Wiz Khalifa and Ella Eyre
"Too Close VIP" Wilkinson
"Overdose VIP"
2014 "Direction VIP"
"Sing" Ed Sheeran
"Pardon Me"
(with Professor Green and Laura Mvula)
Naughty Boy
featuring Ava Stokes
"Go All Night" Gorgon City
featuring Jennifer Hudson
2015 "Wild Frontier" The Prodigy
2016 "Be Bold" Tam Cooper
2017 "Skin" Rag'n'Bone Man
2018 "I Need"
(with Metrik)
featuring Hayla
2020 "Just Hold On"
(with Sub Focus vs. Pola & Bryson)[26]
Sub Focus and Wilkinson
2021 "Freedom"
(with Sub Focus vs. High Contrast)[27]
Sub Focus and Wilkinson
featuring Empara Mi
"Turn Back Time" Diplo and Sonny Fedora
"Rock It" Sub Focus

Production credits[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2012 "Breaking" (co-produced by Woz) Syron Non-album single
2014 "Merlin (Everybody Knows)" (co-produced by David Etherington and Jay Reynolds) Detour City Non-album single
"6 Words" (co-produced by Mikey Muzik and Mo-Samuels) Wretch 32 Growing Over Life
2016 "So Far Away" (co-produced by Geeneus) Katy B featuring Stamina MC Honey



  • a ^ "Need to Know" did not chart on the Ultratop's Belgian Flanders Single's Chart, but it did chart at number 55 on the Ultratip chart, the top-100 songs which haven't made the Ultratop 50.
  • b ^ "Afterglow" did not chart on the Ultratop's Belgian Flanders Single's Chart, but it did chart at number 4 on the Ultratip chart, the top-100 songs which haven't made the Ultratop 50.
  • c ^ Re-release of 2011 single as iTunes Single of the Week to promote the release of the album
  • d ^ Other Wilkinson tracks featured on the release, but "Scream It" was the only exclusive track to the compilation.
  • e ^ It is also exclusively on the vinyl edition of Lazers Not Included.


  1. ^ a b "Wilkinson". Facebook. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  2. ^ Youngman MC (18 April 2015). "Youngman on Twitter: "Happy 21st mate @WilkinsonUK !!"". Twitter.
  3. ^ "Wilkinson – Moonwalker". YouTube. UKFDrumandBass. 10 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Wilkinson – Every Time". SoundCloud. RAM Records. 10 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Wilkinson – Every Time (Official) (Music Video)". YouTube. RAM Records. 31 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Wilkinson – Every Time (Unofficial)". YouTube. RAM Records. 17 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Wilkinson – Automatic (Official Video)". YouTube. RAM Records. 21 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Wilkinson Videos". Facebook. 14 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Wilkinson – Half Light feat. Tom Cane". YouTube. 9 April 2014.
  10. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Wilkinson reveals new album!". UKF Music. 26 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Shannon Saunders on Twitter: "YES BOURNEMOUTH!!!!!! Videos of my singing our song Breathe on @kwamekwaten Instagram!"". Shannon Saunders on Twitter. 2 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Wilkinson & TC - Hit The Floor". YouTube. 6 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Flatline (feat. Wretch 32) - Single by Wilkinson on Apple Music". 11 March 2016.
  14. ^ "SW4 on Twitter". Twitter. 29 July 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  15. ^ a b Peak positions in the United kingdom:
  16. ^ Peak positions for the Dance albums in the UK:
  17. ^ Peak positions for the Dance singles in the UK:
  18. ^ "Discografie Wilkinson". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  19. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  20. ^ "Illuminate - Single by Sub Focus on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  21. ^ Kicks, Whisky (5 February 2020). "Just Hold On". DJ Mag. Archived from the original on 11 May 2020. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  22. ^ Scilippa, Phil (13 August 2020). "Sub Focus and Wilkinson team up for emotive new single 'Air I Breathe'". EDM.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2020. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  23. ^ "Keep Dancing - Single by Wilkinson & Amber Van Day on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  24. ^ Meadow, Matthew (17 September 2021). "Wilkinson snags Childish Gambino 'Redbone' lyrics on new single, 'If You Want It'". Your EDM. Archived from the original on 18 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  25. ^ "Used to This - Single by Wilkinson & Issey Cross on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  26. ^ "Just Hold On (Sub Focus & Wilkinson vs. Pola & Bryson Remix) - Single by Sub Focus & Wilkinson on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  27. ^ "Freedom (Sub Focus x Wilkinson x High Contrast Remix) - Single by Sub Focus, Wilkinson & Empara Mi on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 6 January 2021.

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