Monday, 22 February 2010
Jam the Box presents Mark Archer (xAltern8, Nexus 21)
Jam the Box pres Mark Archer (xALTERN8)
& AGT Rave Cru (I love acid)
The GRV, Guthrie Street, Edinburgh
Main Room - Mark Archer, AGT Rave Cru & Jam the Box DJ's
Bar Area - Melange FM & Rosco Disco
MARK ARCHER started his Production career in 1988. Archer was a founder member of Bizarre Inc. Nexus 21 and the legendary Altern8.
Altern 8 crashed the UK charts in 1991 with ‘Infiltrate 202’ and ‘Activ-8 (come with me)’, two chaotic slices of hardcore, the latter reaching number 3. They were aided in their chart aspirations by the circulation of fictitious press stories concerning their alleged activities, which included promoting the decongestant Vicks Vapo Rub, which, it was claimed, heightened the effects of Ecstasy; and standing as local candidates for the 1993 General Election.
Their live events were also designed as eye catching performances, where the band donned RAF chemical warfare suits and dust masks. Vinyl outings included the ‘Overload ep’ (1990), ‘Frequency’ (10,000 copies of which were on sale for a single day only and written solely by Archer), and another top ten hit, ’Evapor 8’, followed by ’Hypnotic St8’, the LP ‘Full on Mask Hysteria’ (number 10 in the LP charts).
Archer has gone on to record tracks as diverse as Nu Skool Breaks for Rennie Pilgrem’s label TCR, under the pseudonym ‘Mr Nex’, and remixed ‘Edzy’s’ – ‘Do it till you burn’ on Strictly Rhythm.
2007 was a return to the sound of Nexus 21 with the solo release of the 'Songs for Einna EP' on the Black Dogs new label offshoot DS93, the ep sold out before it's release date and has had collectors paying big money for the sought after vinyl only release.
The EP was followed earlier this year with the release on new label Mutate of the 'Ring of Gyges EP' which follows on from the DS93 release in style.
Mark has continued to dj throught his career in various styles but mainly on the 'Oldskool' scene playing classics from the golden era of 'rave' 1988-1992.
AGT RAVE CRU are old school cut up merchants who mix at a hundred miles an hour! DJ Magazine says: "like Altern8 meets 2manyDJs in fluro coats and Orbital Specs - this duo turned a gaping Smash Bloc floor into a Sunday Rave Riot with their cut-n-paste of tracks like 'Around The World', Reel 2 Real's 'I Like to Move it' and a 15 minute Prodigy medley - beyond insane!!"
We welcome you to Jam the Box on this very special night of full on mask hysteria. We will be providing masks, glowsticks and original old-school rave visuals!