Mark Moore has been an in-demand DJ and producer for over thirty years. An early pioneer of House music in mid-80s London, he formed the band S’Express with the number one hit ‘The Theme from S-Express’. Today his notoriety has been reinforced not only by S’Express and his subsequent string of hit records and remixes, but by being a unique and eclectic DJ.
Having been around since the vibrant pre-house days of early 80s London, regularly attending cultural hotbed The Blitz, Mark first started DJing at Philip Salon’s legendary Mud Club when the resident DJ Tasty Tim asked him to fill in one night. Due to his extensive record collection of disco, new wave and italo Mark was a huge hit with the crowd and was immediately offered a residency, which he held for over five years. As a regular attendee and occasional DJ at another feted London nightspot – The Wag – Mark even made it into the video for David Bowie’s ‘Blue Jean’, which casted London’s nocturnal creative elite.
Mark also held a residency at Heaven’s lauded Asylum night (which later became Pyramid). He was one of the first supporters of Chicago house and Detroit techno in Britain, (mixing it with electronic European dance music like Yello, Soft Cell and Cabaret Voltaire), alongside Colin Favor, Evil Eddie Richards and Ian B. Being the first night in the UK to play house music, the venue attracted Danny Rampling, Mr C, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, The Pet Shop Boys, and even Liza Minelli. This led to Rampling offering Mark guest spots at the seminal Shoom nights, and also a guest set at The Hacienda’s Zumbar party
Playing a key part in the UK’s house music rise, Mark took things up yet another level. His idea to form S’Express with co-producer Pascal Gabriel was a natural progression from life as a regular on the club scene. Swept along on a huge wave of excitement for acid and rave culture, S’Express had a number one chart smash with ‘Theme from S-Express’. This was their first of several worldwide hit records which helped thrust these new sounds into the world’s spotlight and positioned dance music/DJ culture as a viable force. Mark’s meteoric rise to fame paved the way for electronic dance music stars to come.
With Mark’s keen ear for new talent, the first S’Express – Original Soundtrack – featured vocals from a girl just starting her singing career – one Billie Ray Martin
The second LP, ‘Intercourse’, featured William Orbit (Mantra For A State Of Mind) and the then little known Carl Craig with vocals by Sonique.
Mark has remixed Prince, Erasure, Malcolm McLaren, Randy Crawford, Divine & Bobby O, Dead or Alive, The B52s and Soft Cell amongst others. A (surprising) remix/collaboration was with Philip Glass on a version of ‘Hey Music Lover’, who Mark befriended in London. With Malcolm McLaren, Mark and William Orbit created the seminal Vogue track ‘Deep In Vogue’ (Billboard Dance Chart number 1) which sampled the film ‘Paris Is Burning’ and no doubt influenced the Madonna Song ‘Vogue’ a year later.
Moore has written and published short stories and interviewed Siouxsie Sioux and John Waters for publications including i-D. He has appeared in various documentaries including the ‘Joy Of Disco’ and guested on a recent news program in tribute to David Bowie, (both for the BBC). Mark has even had a cameo on The French & Saunders show in the now legendary She-Rappers sketch!
A unique and eclectic DJ, complete with trademark red telephone-headphones, he still throws parties for the cognoscenti and plays choice DJ sets at some of the world’s finest clubs, and also as support for Psychic TV, Grace Jones and Scissor Sisters live shows.
Mark has been at the helm of infamous nights that carry the torch for artistic and glamorous extravagance like ‘Electrogogo’ and ‘Can Can’, which have featured DJ sets from Bobby Gillespie, Marc Almond and Asia Argento. His club, the ‘Private Life‘ nights at the Victoria in Dalston, featured a music policy that harked back to legendary New York clubs like The Roxy and Danceteria circa ‘79 – ’84.
Mark has also ran several labels: Splish, Stylofiction and Bone in the 90′s – followed by Umami in the noughties and now his latest imprint Needle Boss.
The legacy and influence of Mark Moore and S’Express is celebrated with ‘Enjoy This Trip’ – a collection of remixes and cover versions by artists Mark has been an influence on, by and friend to, including Chris & Cosey, Tom Furse from The Horrors, Horse Meat Disco and Ray Mang.
Shortly before worldwide lockdown kicked in Moore collaborated with designer Hussein Chalayan and Dan Donovan to create a few tracks which they performed live at Chalayan’s fashion show in London. More tracks are rumoured to be in the pipeline!
In 2021 Mark Moore contributed a chapter about Quentin Crisp for The Queer Bible book. Compiled and conceived by Jack Guinness with contributions from Elton John, Graham Norton, Russell Tovey, Munroe Bergdorf and more. Also available as an audiobook with Mark’s dulcet tones delivering his chapter.
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