Mark Wilkinson, higher recognized to drum and bass fanatics merely as Wilkinson, is a outstanding title within the dance music world. Mark has launched a flurry of triumphant tracks, together with Afterglow, which peaked at primary on the UK dance charts and has over 100 million streams on Spotify alone.
With many new initiatives coming, Wilkinson joined us for an interview to speak about his newest album and his model new single, Used to This.
Firstly, how are you, and the way is the music world treating you?
I’m good thanks and sure the music world is treating me properly all issues thought-about in these relatively loopy occasions we’re now dwelling in! I get to do one thing I really like day by day, so I’m very grateful and conscious simply how lucky I’m.
Not way back, you launched your label, Sleepless Music label. How did the concept for it come about, and what do you hope to attain with it being one of the outstanding artists within the digital music sphere?
Sure we launched in Feb and we’ve labored actually laborious this 12 months to launch music we’re obsessed with. I used to co-own CYN Music many, a few years in the past with Cyantific and Snap Clicker so operating a label has at all times been in my DNA. It simply felt like the best time to do it once more, this time with Sleepless Music. We wish to construct one thing particular and work with a handful of artists we consider in. It’s not about placing the label entrance and centre, it’s about placing the artists first. Giving them truthful offers and a bespoke service. I actually benefit from the A&R means of discovering new expertise and serving to them take their music to the following degree. I discover it very rewarding. We’ve put music out now from myself, Krakota, Audioscribe, Montell2099 and Okay Motionz. And we’re solely simply getting began!
You’ve had an incredible 12 months when it comes to releases. Do you’ve a favorite monitor you’ve launched this 12 months?
Ah thanks. I simply attempt to keep constant and am sitting on a lot new music it’s laborious to not launch data each few months. Unsure if I’ve a favorite however I’m actually excited by my new single Used To This. It options Issey Cross who’s an incredible new expertise and I’ve wished to make one thing rolling, with a candy vocal sound for some time now, so it simply got here collectively actually organically.
You’ve introduced your third studio album, Cognition. What’s the theme of the album, and the way will it differ out of your earlier work sonically?
Sure it drops this Feb and I truly really feel like its my finest album up to now. It’s been two years within the making and the theme is actually in regards to the Cognitive course of, therefore the title. I feel its mirrored within the paintings as properly. I would like folks to essentially really feel my music once they hear it. It’s a sensory factor. I’ve acquired the standard membership bangers on there, plus extra musical and deep moments and I’ve been actually fortunate to work with some unbelievable writers, artists and a few my new favorite producers. I’m simply excited to get it on the market now!
Do you’ve any particular tracks from the album that you just really feel have escalated your manufacturing expertise additional?
Effectively I’d prefer to suppose the entire album is a step up. That’s what I attempt to goal for on every venture. I at all times wish to higher my song-writing, my concepts and my sonics on every report. That’s the plan anyway!
With 2022 across the nook, you’ve the album releasing and an enormous present on the Brixton Academy in February. Do you’ve every other large potential releases or reveals that you could tease us with?
Ah sure Brixton goes to be wonderful. I’ve finished Brixton twice earlier than and it sort of feels like my London residence now. However sure there’s so much confirmed for subsequent 12 months, not solely myself but additionally Sleepless. We principally attempt to by no means take our foot off the gasoline. So anticipate excursions, festivals, a number of releases and far more.
Lastly, what recommendation would you surrender and coming music producers wanting to reach the music business?
As cliché because it sounds… simply be your self. Be true to what you’re keen on. I feel social media has its execs in fact, however I additionally consider social media could make you examine an excessive amount of and make you lose sight of what’s pure and natural. Spend much less time making an attempt to get ‘likes’ and extra time honing your craft. This can be a marathon not a dash. And bear in mind to benefit from the journey as a result of the vacation spot is a fantasy.
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