Industry's Influence: Mark Meeuwissen


Before a single ends up on your computer it's not only the artist that is involved in the process before release. There are many people connected, from record bosses to A&R managers, press agents, accountants, promoters, etc. This playlist features music by the key players in the industry, tracks that have influenced them through the years or hot new releases they think deserve more attention. Sit back and listen to what these industry players' influences are.

This week we present the playlist made by Mark Meeuwissen (a.k.a. Mark Green), A&R Manager for Black Hole. Mark has been active in the industry for more than 15 years and began working as A&R manager for Black Hole Recordings in 2005. The label has grown tremenduously in artists and musical diversity. What once mainly revolved around Tiësto has become a company representing over 75 artists from Trance to House like Robbie Rivera, Cosmic Gate, BT, Tiësto, Richard Durand and many, many more.

Tiësto - Traffic
Without a doubt Tiesto was my biggest influence when I begain DJing in the early 90s. Coming from the south of The Netherlands (Breda), there were only a few opportunities for us to go out locally. Tiesto was resident at a local, slightly underground, club named Spock which became my hangout for many years. Eventually I was able to secure a Saturday night residency for 7 years. When I first heard Traffic I was amazed by the simplicity and, at the same time, the energy of the track. Was this a new trend? Once Tiësto premiered it at the Dance Valley Festival's main stage a classic was born. One of the most demanded tracks in my sets.

Sasha - Xpander
One of the best trancers ever. This track has all the ingredients a proper trance records needs in my opinion: energy, emotion, a massive arrangement, superb production and most of all sound.

Adamski - Killer
EDM crossing over with mainstream music. Adamski and Seal already nailed it in the early 90s.

The Good Men – Give It Up (Radio Edit)
Again a single from the early 90s. One of the first tracks labeled as 'house' that skyrocketed to the highest positions in the charts after it had been hammered in the clubs for more than a year. Gaston Steenkist and René Ter Horst are two of my all-time favorite producers. They worked under various aliases and are still going strong as Chocolate Puma.

Inner City – Big Fun
Kevin Saunderson's music was one of the reasons I started to like 'house' music. (In the early days it was called 'mellow'). "Big Fun", as with so many tracks from the late 80s / early 90s is on my all-time favorite list

Air – All I Need
If you're looking for sounds to relax, Air would be my pick. I can't say I am a big fan of the 'chill out' genre but Air is defenitely an exception. With their seminal album "Moon Safari" they have that chill out music does not have to be boring.

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Everyone born in the 70s, in my case the year 1977, simply grew up to Michael Jackson's music. I guess all boys and men my age have something from Michael Jackson in their personal Top10. Timeless and brilliant music.

Daft Punk – Da Funk (Radio Edit)
And then there was Daft Punk. I love the French house sound which for some reason still sounds crisp. Daft Punk, I think, are the pioneers of that sound.

Queen – Radio Ga Ga
It's simple: I like all Queen tracks. I just had to pick one here, so "Radio Ga Ga" it is. Too bad I have never seen them live.

Deadmau5 - Arguru
Another new name that popped up one day: Deadmau5. At first I wondered how we were supposed to pronounce his name. His demos came in while I was collecting tracks for Tiësto's In Search Of Sunrise 6 – Ibiza and they instantly caught the (and not only mine) attention. This was something fresh, laidback and the production was, well, slick. "Arguru" is one of those killer releases that still sounds as new and exciting now as it did when it first came out. It's been remixed a few times but the original still stands out for me.

Underworld - Born Slippy (Nuxx) - Live
It's Saturday night, 3:30 in the morning and the crowd is preparing for the last 30 minutes before closing time. It's the perfect hour for a track like "Born Slippy"! Played this track a million times and it was always a success. It gives the people on the dance floor the strength to release the last 10% of energy before going home after a great night of going out. The one thing to do after this track: call it a night and sleep tight. Producing a track like this makes you hero, since it never gets boring and it will never be ignored.

Oliver Lang – Coastline
A recent signing to our Magik Muzik imprint but one that I will keep playing for a long time. It has Sasha's “Xpander” soul transformed in a 2012 jacket.

Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
Well, what can I say. I grew up with Elvis' music and "Suspicious Minds" is one out of many that stands out for me. Legendary music.

Andain - Beautiful Things (Gabriel & Dresden Unplugged Mix)
One of my favorite Black Hole releases ever. Every producer was and still is willing to remix Andain's vocals. Nuff said.

Criss Source - Hugs 'N Kisses
With this cut, Criss Source proved that you do not need much more than a fat bassline and a great arrangement to make a club hit.

Kristine W – Feel What You Want
This is what vocal house music is all about. When I heard this track for the first time, I knew it would become a classic.

George Morel - Let's Groove
When I made my first steps in the local clubs, this track was a big hit. It's still a fascinating and modern sounding production with one of the best grooves ever.

Zoo Brazil – Crossroads
This was the first Zoo Brazil track that I signed specifically for In Search Of Sunrise 7 – Asia. Zoo Brazil was still a duo at that time. The great thing about this signing was the chemistry with the producer(s) which led to a longterm relationship with this musical creative mastermind. Nowadays Zoo Brazil is the alter ego of John Andersson only and I can reveal that his new artist album is coming soon!

You can still listen to the previous playlists by Tim Binns and Hugo de Graaf.

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