GENRE House, Trance
CONTACT 1-866-893-4443 ext. 11
from Scotland, Mark Oliver is presently based in Toronto and his influence
on the Canadian electronic music industry is a profound one.
from a strong musical background, Mark exploded onto the Toronto club
scene in 1987 and has since played more residencies than any other DJ in
Canada. Clearly a class apart
from his contemporaries, Mark helped pioneer the “rave” movement in
Canada by being the first DJ to play acid house and techno nights, as well
as founding North America’s first rave organization, Exodus.
DJing seems to come naturally to Mark. He is frequently said to have the best ears in the business, as well as a keen ability to sniff out a hit well ahead of the pack. Combining remarkable technical ability with a sublime understanding of dynamics of the dance floor, Mark is able to read and anticipate exactly what the crowd wants.
Through his ability, dedication and perseverance, Mark has amassed a large and devoted following. Understanding the need to progress, Mark is constantly refining his technique, sounds and style, which keeps him in favour with the people he plays for.
This crowd favourite is one of the hardest working DJs in the business, playing at least four gigs per week along with various radio and television appearances. He presently holds a weekly residency at Canada’s only international super-club, The Guvernment. Now in his sixth year at The Guvernment, Mark has missed only three Saturday nights and has helped propel the club to legendary status. His weekly nine-hour-plus sets have proved to be wildly popular, enjoyed by over three thousand clubbers who flock to hear him play the Steve Dash-designed Phazon sound system each week.
Despite his busy schedule, Mark still manages to make international appearances, playing alongside the likes of Sasha, Danny Tenaglia, John Digweed, Paul Oakenfold, Anthony Pappa, Dave Seaman, Paul Van Dyk, Tall Paul, Nick Warren, Seb Fontaine, Judge Jules, Timo Maas, Masters at Work, Daft Punk, Jamiroquai, Underworld, The Chemical Brothers, and Moby.
Mark’s ability to create an enormous atmosphere has also been witnessed at a host of private parties he has played for celebrities such as Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Prince, and Lenny Kravitz.
Mark’s legendary sets over the years have provided inspiration for practically every progressive minded DJ in Canada. Ottawa promoters were so taken by his magical sets at the original Atomic in the early nineties that they named their club Atomic as a tribute to Mark. This club became the home of both Mark and rising star, Max Graham.
Critically acclaimed by press and industry alike, Mark Oliver has proven to be a perennial favourite and is currently the most sought after DJ in Canada. Top international DJ Guy Ornadel who also manages Sasha and Steve Lawler recently reported: “WOW! This has got to be one of the best clubs in the WORLD! I heard it was good but this was ridiculous! The sound system and energy in the room matched any big name you can think of. The resident, Mark Oliver, who plays for 10 hours every week is someone the world should watch out for…”
Mark is currently displaying his musical talent and production prowess with original material, remixes and an ongoing series of mixed compilations. His latest CD has quickly become a collector’s item, as music shops worldwide continue to have trouble keeping it on their shelves.