Mark Saunders

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Mark Saunders is a multi-platinum, English record producer who has worked with some of the most influential artists and writers of the 21th century. Suffice to say Mark has played an instrumental role in the production & mixing of seminal albums such as Neneh Cherry’s ‘Raw like Sushi’, Tricky’s ‘Maxinquaye’, The Cure’s ‘Wish’ & recently the Shiny Toy Guns ‘We are pilots’. His unique understanding of rock music, electronic dance floor etiquette and everything in between has meant his career has been remarkably diverse. Mark relocated to New York a decade ago and currently works from his state of the art facility overlooking the Manhattan skyline.


the early years
After playing drums in bands since leaving school, Mark's career in recording started in 1984 as an assistant at West Side Studios, London. Besides brewing copious amounts of tea, Mark got to learn from the studio owners, Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who had great success producing Madness, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, Elvis Costello and later Bush.


engineer
In 1985, Mark got his first engineering credit on David Bowie & Mick Jagger's "Dancing In The Street" . A year later, he became a freelance engineer and was discovered by Rhythm King, a label at the forefront of the British dance music. Working on a couple of Bomb The Bass mixes led to the band's founder, Tim Simenon, asking Mark to co-produce Neneh Cherry's "Buffalo Stance" .


producer/mixer
The success of "Buffalo Stance" and Neneh's "Raw Like Sushi" album resulted in a flood of pop/dance work for acts including Erasure, Depeche Mode, Lisa Stansfield & Yazz. Robert Smith from The Cure also used Mark's radio friendly mixing skils to mix all singles from the album Disintegration. One of these, "Lovesong" is The Cure's higest charting single, reaching #2 in the Billboard Top 100.

The Cure mixes broadened the musical horizons for him. Work with Ian McCulloch, The Mission (UK), The Farm, The Heart Throbs, Texas & The Sugarcubes followed. Mark was also still making time for pop/dance remixes for the likes of The Human League, Mory Kante, Wang Chung, London Beat, and Jean Paul Gaultier.

More work with The Cure on the albums "Wish" and "Mixed Up" would later lead to a Cure fan, Tricky, asking Mark to co-produce, program and mix most of his critically acclaimed debut album "Maxinquaye". This in turn led to Tricky fans, Cyndi Lauper, John Lydon, David Byrne, Cathy Dennis hiring Mark to work on their albums.


Brand work & Surround Sound
In the late nineties Mark emigrated to New York and side stepped into writing and producing music for big brand campaigns for companies such as Nike, Lowes, Reebok & Motorola although he continued to work on select artist projects for Erasure, Femi Kuti and Marilyn Manson ('From Hell' film sound track). While diversifying into TV/Film work Mark became an early adopter of the surround sound format and has been brought on board to consult, record and mix surround projects for PBS, EMI, David Byrne, film director Luc Besson as well as an exclusive project for Apple as part of a their major product release of Logic 8.

Co-writer
Having worked on many commercially & critically acclaimed records as an engineer, producer & mixer Mark has also steadily developed his writing skills and is quickly establishing a name for himself as an exceptional co-writer. Recent co-writes have included with Cathy Dennis, PNAU, Kaz James (Bodyrockers) & Teddy Geiger.

As well as his high profile, major label production, mixing and writing projects, Mark is also helping to develop the new generation of independent musical talent through indie.beat360.com - an online platform providing affordable mixing and mastering solutions.

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