Mark XTC (Xtra Tuff Cutta) started his DJ-ing career at the tender age of 15 playing in places such as Sequins (Blackpool), Fantazia, Mythology and The legendary Hacienda, where in the late 80’s he won the North West DMC DJ Championships.
He then started producing his own music with his DJ group “The Mix Factory” (of Sunset 102fm) where his mix of the Mix Factory track “Take Me Away” reached number 41 in the UK singles chart and also gained some good success in the American charts. As well as producing music with the Mix Factory he teamed up with Manchester DJ legend Jonny J to create “The Family Foundation” with MC Shine and Manchester vocalist supreme Rachel McFarlane, they went on to create dance floor smashes express yourself, one blood, someday and of course 10 snide E.
As well as producing he has DJ’ed all over the world playing house music as well as hip hop and Jungle/ drum and bass, for example annually in Malia (Crete), Ibiza, USA, Brussels and across Europe for some awesome nights and venues such as Helter Skelter, Dreamscape, The Hacienda, PSV (lighthouse), The Banshee, Sequins, The Eclipse/ The Edge, Club Kinetic, Pure X and Fantazia to name a few.
Mark was also helping to spread the sound of music in the northwest by managing both Spin Inn and Eastern Bloc record shops in the early to mid 1990’s to the beginning of the millennium.
This is when “DA INTALEX” was born. Two guys doing what they loved, producing and spinning Drum and Bass all around the world. DA INTALEX presented a Friday and Monday night drum and bass show on Kiss 102, which changed to Galaxy 102 from 1993-2000. DA INTALEX founded Intalex Recordings with tunes being brought out constantly, such as “I Like It Remix”. “New Dawn” was released on Jump Up Records and also “What You Gonna Do” on Flex, which has gone down in history as one of the “all time top ten drum and bass tunes”.
Sadly DA INTALEX went there separate ways but Mark signed to Dread Recordings/Penny Black Records with DJ Ray Keith releasing music such as the “Come On E.P” which gained mark interest from the mighty Dillinja himself who then signed mark to Valve/Beatz Recordings and released “Keyz” and “Roll Dem Beatz”, as well as most recently the huge underground hit Dark Shadow under his new guise Snap Shot ft Tonn Piper http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK3v4fJkDzI.
Mark has also released tunes on many other labels including Moving Shadow, Integral, Hard Leaders, Penny Black and Dread, FFRR, Warner Bros, PWL.
Mark is currently a full time lecturer at The Manchester College teaching DJ technology and Audio Technology/Midi, he works with children and adults from all walks of life sharing his passion for music with them. His dj-ing skills also help keep the Manchester House/Jungle/dnb/oldskool/rave/hiphop scenes alive with him being a regular at such established nights/ festivals as Glastonbury (with the piano wizard Davos and DJ sets), Parklife, Afterlife, Warehouse Project, Fabric Live, Bowlers Mcr, Metropolis, Religion, SOSIbiza, Back by dope demand, S2SEvents and many other. Mark is known for his D&B/ classic house/ rave anthems sets, but his old skool jungle sets are definitely ones not to miss!
Various companies from THTC, Bench and GoGi clothing brands, to Serato (DJ Software), which he still uses regularly when performing his Oldskool Hip Hop scratch sets, have sponsored Mark.