Mark Ernestus

A producer whose work has followed a vaporous trail of delay, from the pioneering formative era of Berlin techno through to his current status as one of the world's most storied selectors of deep roots dub, militant steppers and hardcore digital minimalism.


'One of electronic music's most brilliant innovators' - Resident Advisor

Available for solo sessions in appropriate contexts, as well as with Tikiman on the mic with live dubwise effects and treatments, Mark consciously avoids the noise of online dance music culture, offering those present in the room a chance to hear selections that you won't find via the latest web mix portal.

Ernestus founded the Hard Wax record store in 1989, which soon became the hotbed for Berlin's then emergent, now all-conquering electronic club music scene. He played a key role in establishing the Berlin-Detroit nexus, and started creating music as one half of Basic Channel (aka Maurizio), with its deep, immeasurably influential hybrid of dub and techno. As Rhythm & Sound, this signature sound was redefined with a more prevalent reggae vibe via collaborations with a range of vocalists, most extensively Tikiman (aka Paul St. Hilaire). In the nineties Basic Channel set up Dubplates & Mastering as Berlin’s first mastering and vinyl cutting studio specialising in club music, and also launched a series of dub and reggae reissues drawn from the fabled Bronx-based Wackies label.

Mark reissues lost reggae killers via the Dug Out label he runs with Mark Ainley (Honest Jons), and has also remixed Tony Allen, Tortoise, Friedman/Liebezeit, Konono No. 1 and Equiknoxx among others. In 2011, he began working with some of the Senegal's top percussionists and other artists and formed Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, releasing on his own Ndagga imprint and touring with the group.

'Over the past twenty years, Mark Ernestus has revolutionized electronic music’s relationship to minimalism, drawing on dub’s skeletal structure and sense of spatiality as a foundational musical parameter' - Electronic Beats


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