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Model Man channels 90s rave influences on ‘Body Positive’

Multifaceted Essex based producer / DJ / musician Model Man (Mark Brandon) returns with a brand new release ‘Body Positive’ out through Helix Records on 18th November. 

Following on from his recent acclaimed release ‘Arms’, ‘Body Positive’ sees the hotly tipped producer blending his unique piano classicism with old school 90s rave breaks and immersive production that evokes Debussy playing piano in a sweaty Essex Warehouse rave.

Model Man says: “It’s about letting go of fear. Letting go of the fear of judgement. Anti bad vibes’.”

Mark has also produced and directed a documentary series (to be released around album launch) drawing on inspiration from his Essex home and rave culture. Model Man ventures across the county to talk to electronic pioneers about how Essex’s party history affected not only them, but electronic culture for future generations.

Watch the documentary teaser here

He adds: “Essex is where I’ve always lived and was at the centre of parties that gave birth to rave culture long before I was teenager. I met with Essex legends `Leeroy Thornhill (The Prodigy), Sunscreem and Jamie from Empirion (a band who were part of XL recordings early dance releases) to hear what this time meant for them as both party goers and later as artists immersed in this exciting community and time.”

Born and raised in Chelmsford, Essex, he spent his early years learning classical piano from his piano-teacher Mother. But, with his home county being a key part of early rave culture, an interest was sparked in Mark that, much like the classical piano, never left him. His influences are broad, yet tied together by a strong desire to spark emotion in the listener. 

Since releasing his debut album, Model Man has been on remix duties for Bob Moses, Justin Martin and even partnered with Deutsche Grammophon to re-imagine a Debussy piece. He’s provided mixes for the likes of 6Music and Insomniac, to follow his ‘Hot Mix’ for Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show and his Apple Music ‘One Mix’.

Model Man’s live show sees Mark take to the stage solo, and build his high-energy sets with live loops, sample triggering and audio manipulation, all-the-while playing his trademark piano parts live. Having recently headlined a stellar London show at Colours Factory, the end of the year sees Mark in the U.S. and Mexico for the first time to play a string of shows/festivals, including a special appearance at Sala Taro in Barcelona in December.

With Model Man’s music we get the unfiltered distillation of Mark Brandon; pure, emotive and vulnerable. The blueprint for all Model Men… 

Body Positive / 18th November

Live:
20 Nov – Corona Capital, Mexico, MX
25 Nov – Elsewhere New York, NY
26 Nov – Winston House, LA
02 Dec – Sala Taro, Barcelona

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