Tracks, remixes and albums released on XL Recordings, V2 (Virgin), Skint, Black Butter, Fabric, Ministry of Sound, OWSLA, Good Enuff (Mad Decent). I can mix, master, produce, co-produce, write and co-write your productions ready for clubs, festivals and radio.
My tracks have been played by Zane Lowe, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Diplo, David Guetta, Skrillex.
I have years of extensive experience working within dance music as an artist under various names, most notably as part of award-winning, genre-defying Stanton Warriors and have run a successful Breaks and Bass label 'Punks' since 2003.
Artist names/aliases : Stanton Warriors, Marshall F, Mark Yardley, Alaska Soul, Splttr, Supakings
List of artists I've worked with include: Planet Funk, Alex Neri, Chris Lorenzo, LO'99, Taiki Nulight, Alex Metric, Icarus, Scrufizzer, Young Fathers, Hollywood Holt, Sway, Rodney P, Beatnuts, Big Daddy Kane, Tinchy Stryder, Giovanni Bottai, Bombs Away, Herve, Nextmen, Rosie Gaines.
List of artists I've remixed: Fat Boy Slim, Gorillaz, Basement Jaxx, Claude Von Stroke, The Streets, Booka Shade, M.I.A., Black Eyed Peas, George Michael.
I have also mixed a number of Indie bands who look for a more hard hitting electronic sound and feel my musical background lends itself to this hybrid mixing style.
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3 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Mark Yardley
Went to Mark to master a quite busy track and he absolutely smashed it out of the park. Turnaround was very quick and the quality of the master was fantastic from the start. He brought out a new level of clarity and punch that I had no idea were possible from the track I sent him! Would absolutely recommend working with Mark for your mastering needs and will be back to work with him in the future!
Mark has mixed a couple of dance tracks I made in GarageBand and I have nothing but positive feedback. Both mixes stand up very well against big commercial references I provided, so what more do you need. Mark works quickly and tries various different sounds, techniques and effects to get the sound you are looking for. I will be using Mark again for more tracks in the future.
Mark was great to work with! He custom tailored my project services to meet my needs. He worked fast, had good communication throughout, and produced a great sounding product. His prices are fair and he even gave me mixdown tips for my music. I will definitely use him for my future projects!
Interview with Mark Yardley
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm mainly called upon to do production, remixing and mixdowns.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Have always been a huge Prince fan, so last year was obviously a hard one! He inspired me to become a multi-instrumentalist and to strive to learn all aspects of the record making process.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I learned to write and mix with hardware but have moved to 98% working in the box. I've been using Logic for nearly 20 years and have been using Ableton since the early beta's in 2001, so am super comfortable on both platforms. Have been working with Fruity Loops recently cause the project called for it and loved using it, so am getting into that as well. I'm also a huge fan of UAD and have 2 quad pcis in a MacPro.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listening to reference (the more the better) is the first step for me to really get a handle on what the artist is looking for. Then check the rough and make a plan on how we can bring the raw tracks to the next level and as close as possible to the artists vision.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm bringing over 20 years of experience and knowledge of what makes a dance floor move. I've toured the world many times over as a DJ in Stanton Warriors playing some of the biggest festivals and clubs in the world (Coachella, Glastonbury, Fabric, Ministry of Sound, etc) and when you do that you learn what works and what doesn't. Combine that with producing, remixing and mixing everyday and you develop and intuition about music that I hope to bring to every project I work with.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being a good collaborator. Which is an essential skill for any project that involves more than just yourself.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I mainly work on dance music. EDM, Deep House, House, Breaks, Bass Music, Garage, Prog House, Trap, Jersey Club, Techno, etc
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Separate left brain and right brain activity. Have sessions where you only make drum samples, kits, sound design, sample organising, etc and keep your library organised! Now when you come to being truly creative and working on a track you have a wealth of ideas and sounds to keep the creative flow going without having to stop and get sucked into the minutia of the details. Your productivity will jump levels when you’ve mastered this.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Not an easy one to answer but If I had to describe my own productions, I would say dance music with groove, impact, character and solid low end. For me it’s all about making something that has an x-factor in it that makes it stand out from the pack and stand the test of time.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar at 11 and went deep into that, playing in a variety of bands for the next 7 years and learning to play bass, drums and keys from the other musicians I was playing with. When I was 18 I took Grade 8 Classical Guitar and was accepted to a Manchester music school to study a Popular Music & Sound Engineering degree for 2 years. Whilst there I discovered the thriving UK Acid House scene and got hooked. From there I moved to London, got a job in a commercial studio in Camden where I worked my way up from tea-boy to house engineer within 3 years. From there I started to freelance at some of the best studios in London with various clients many of them pioneers in the UK Garage scene (Tuff Jam, Spreadlove) and moved into production and met my partner in Stanton Warriors. Then followed 18 years of touring the world, remixing and writing with, some of the greatest names in dance music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: (Assuming a big ass solar panel is a given!) 1. Acoustic Guitar 2. my SP1200 3. Laptop 4. Focal Monitors 5. my sample library
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask about what music they love, the more references I have in this respect the better to be able to get a handle on what makes them and their music tick.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it can be fixed in mastering. The mixdown is where the work needs to be done.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to work on music for a living...what's not to like.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That they are 100% satisfied with the results and we can work it through with revisions until we get to where the track needs to go.