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Fri 25 May 2012, 10:00pm

Where: Ink Bar, 262-268 K Rd, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

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  • Adult: $0.00
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Listed by: andymeek

Meat Katie with support from:
- Timmy Schumacher
- Defcon1
- Randomplay

The Lowdown On Meat Katie...
South West Londoner Mark Pember (AKA Meat Katie) has had a long history in dance music. In his time he has recorded for such prestigious labels such as Wall of Sound, R&S Records, Kingsize, Bedrock, Perfecto, Great Stuff, Renaissance, Saw, not to mention his first record deal, signed to Iggy Pop's Kill City Records (as a bass player in 3-piece skate punk band Sandladder). Pember has also remixed for/collaborated with Arthur Baker, U.N.K.L.E, Boy George, Deep Dish, D.Ramirez, Peace Division, Chicken Lips, Robbie Rivera & James Zabelia, to name but a few.

To date, Pember has released three Meat Katie artist albums, Off The Bone (1998), Long To Belong (2000) & Vibrator (2006), all diverse in style and vibe, but glued together by his techy and lo-fi 'feel'. He has worked with such vocalist as Kurt Wagner from Nashville indie/country band Lambchop, garage/trash vocalist Holly Golightly, New York house legend roland Clark and UK diva Katherine Ellis. In 2000, Mark also made a one-off alternative album 'Never The Less' under the name Avenue A, a collaborative project with Jason o' Bryan, co-producer with the Dub pistols. It was this project that lead Mark to score the music for film adaptation of Martin Amis’ 'Dead Babies', an art house production by Gruber Films (Shooting Fish, Waking Ned), starring Paul Bettany.

Arguably it's Mark's work as a DJ that has really seen him shine, a world class performer with excellent technical ability and a great understanding of the dance-floor, he has built a reputation worldwide. Those who have seen him play will know that it is his diversity and energy that have earned him such respect. His tough, techy style has seen him play across the globe alongside an eclectic group of DJs, from Digitalism, Justice and Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax and Erol Alkan, to Deep Dish, Steve Lawler, James Zabiela, Sasha & Digweed, Carl Cox, even Armand van Buren & Marco V, and not forgetting some of the world’s top breaks acts including Plump DJs, Stanton Warriors. He's supported live acts such as Chemical brothers, Pendulum, Basement jaxx, Represent, and Infusion, and he even recently played on the Valve Soundsystem as one of the only non-drum ‘n' bass DJs ever to do so.

It is these DJing skills that have led him to compile and mix compilations for such landmark series as Bedrock Breaks, Fabric Live &, most recently, Sessions' for Ministry of Sound. A very unique DJ, over the years he has perfected a cross over of techno electro with a subtle break beat feel (better known as tech funk). In recent interviews, Mark described his own playing, when pressed about pigeon-holing himself genre wise, he replied “The only thing pigeon holes are good pigeons". Mark is living proof that taste is more important than simply following the crowd and bandwagon jumping.

Not satisfied with being a world class DJ/producer, the self-confessed workaholic also found time to set up and run his own highly influential Lot 49 imprint (with Dylan Rhymes, whom he also shares a studio with in South West London under the same name). Lot 49 has without a doubt maintained a reputation as being a taste-making label, never shy to experiment with multi-genres. It has over 50 releases under its belt, featuring artists such as Dubfire, Audiojack, D Ramirez, Elite Force, Dexter, Phil Kieran, Lee Coombs, Robbie Rivera, Marco Bailey, James Talk, Alex Metric, Lutzenkirchen, Evil 9 and obviously Meat Katie & Dylan Rhymes. The Lot 49 steamroller shows no sign of slowing down. It will celebrate its 7 year anniversary later this year with an exclusive label compilation CD, with an exclusive DVD documentary about the label and artists. A world tour is in the works for the 2nd quarter of this year.

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