Four Ivor Novello awards, a number one album, two number one singles and over 10 million records sales worldwide; it’s hard to believe that it’s been over a decade since Mark Hill rose to fame as one half of the Artful Dodger and co-writer/producer of Craig David’s multi platinum album, Born To Do It.
The first Artful Dodger release “Rewind”, originally a white considered by many to signify the cross over of Garage from the underground to the mainstream is still being played across TV, Radio and in clubs worldwide to this day.Artful Dodger then went from strength to strength after the success of Rewind, with Movin’ Too Fast, Woman Trouble (featuring Craig David and Robbie Craig,) followed by the now classic album, It’s All About The Stragglers.
Fast forward to 2012 and Mark is back, releasing under the name Artful and armed with a collection of new music bearing his signature polished production and unquestionable song writing abilities. Mark has utilised the digital revolution to re engage the original fanbase whilst acquiring new fans and showcasing his new Future Garage, Dubstep influenced, UKG and RnB tracks.
Once again he has discovered and nurtured the cream of the UK’s emerging talent, collaborating with the amazing Ed Sheeran, as well as artists such as Donae’o, Terri Walker, Shean Williams and Daniel Debourg. His new material echoes the signature sound with which we are all familiar,, but also reflects the changes in Urban music over the last decade as well as including a series of floor-filling House tracks which will undoubtedly dominate the airwaves in the summer of 2012 and beyond.
The first single “Could Just Be The Bassline” Featuring Kal Lavelle is now available on Mark’s new label Workhouse Records in all digital stores and has had over 250,000 views on YouTube . The next single due for release imminently will be followed by an album later in the year.