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Catalyst

Biography

Mark enjoyed the electronic sounds of club music in the early 1980s. The Chicago House sounds from 1986 brought a powerful development with programmed rhythms, but it was the first-time experience in 1988 of acid house in San Antonio, Ibiza that had a massive impact on Mark’s mind. He returned from that trip and was never the same again. However, the music by itself was enough for Mark, and he was able to closely focus on fine details of timbre and orchestration within tracks, recognising both their importance and impact. Following a two year period of idea development and familiarisation with sequencing and synthesis, Mark collaborated with Simon Berry to produce a couple of tracks never released to this day. The experience was a good one for Mark, who was now also being influenced by techno and trance. His music-making took on a new level when he produced ‘The Chamber’ under his new pseudonym ‘Catalyst’. It was performed at ‘Knowledge’ night at the SW1 Club, Victoria in early 1993. Kiss FM DJ Colin Faver approached Mark on the night which led to a release on ‘Rabbit City Records’. This, together with exposure on Kiss FM, and featuring on a Sven Vath mix tape, made ‘The Chamber’ a dream start for Catalyst.
Catalyst Releases:
1992 Feel Good (Catalyst remix) by Pulse Generator. Seismic Records SMC002
1993 The Chamber. Rabbit City Records 008
1993 Vicious Circles (Catalyst Remix) by Poltergeist. Platipus Records PLAT02
1993 EP2: Dimension Four / Basis / Labyrinth Invinitive. Thumbs Up Records THMB1
1994 Tracer / Lovepool (released as Dougal). Thumbs Up Records THMB2
1994 Stare – Case Mix, Out Mix (released as Dougal). Thumbs Up Records THMB3
1994 Big Wig – Propulsion Mix, Bump Mix. Thumbs Up Records THMB4
1995 What? / Stare – Eye Saw Mix. Platipus Records PLAT19
1996 Picnic / IVG V1 / IVG V2. Your Mum Records PG002
2011 Vicious Circles (Catalyst Remix). Platipus PLATMU2
2012 Chung Kuo (Catalyst Remix) by Art of Trance. Platipus PLATMU48
2012 What? – Mixes:
2015 The Chamber / Seahorse Platipus PLATMU089