MARK KNIGHT RISES

One of the world’s top artists will be in the house to show a new gen­er­a­tion there’s more to the elec­tronic scene than press-play DJs

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He’s spent the past two decades play­ing the big­gest stages in the world, but to­mor­row night will be Mark Knight’s first gig on the Gold Coast. Club night Eden, op­er­at­ing out of Plat­inum Night­club, will host the house mu­sic, pro­duc­tion and record la­bel heavy­weight.

At this in­ti­mate gig, au­di­ences can ex­pect more than a “press-play DJ”.

“In this day and age you should be an artist and your set should be re­flect­ing, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of what you can do as an artist,” he says.

“I like to think we’ve moved on from those days of turn­ing up and just play­ing other peo­ple’s records but I think that we’ve re­gressed in some ways, in that some peo­ple at the top of the tree aren’t putting any­thing back. Some of the big­ger DJs aren’t do­ing any­thing mu­si­cally to sup­port the scene.”

For Eden co-owner Matthew Blank, hav­ing Knight per­form won’t just be a treat for ded­i­cated Knight fans but will also show the younger gen­er­a­tion a dif­fer­ent side to the in­dus­try.

“Mark Knight has been an idol of mine since I started DJing in 2008 so when we got the op­por­tu­nity to host him here on the Coast we couldn't say no,” he says.

“I want the younger gen­er­a­tion to see that there is more to the elec­tronic scene then peo­ple yelling out onetwo-three jump and throw­ing cake at peo­ple. I want them to come and ex­pe­ri­ence a guy that's been around the scene for more than 20 years and re­ally gain some re­spect.”

With our dy­namic club scene, the Gold Coast is a hot spot for es­tab­lished and as­pir­ing DJs and pro­duc­ers. Be­ing well versed in both as­pects of elec­tronic mu­sic, Knight says orig­i­nal­ity and con­sis­tency are key.

“I see too many kids copy­ing other things and jump­ing around from style to style un­til they get a hit.

“Don’t copy other peo­ple – what has worked for me is that I’ve never tried to be any­thing but Mark Knight.

“Do mu­sic from the heart. Do some­thing you gen­uinely love and it’ll take off.”

Mark Knight, Plat­inum Night­club to­mor­row night, doors open 9pm. Tick­ets from $30.

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