Mark Murphy has become one of Sydney’s leading DJs, groundbreaking in his party promotions and even more so with his barrier-breaking musical style.
Styles: New disco, acid, electro & tech house
Mark Murphy was at the forefront of the electro explosion and has championed the revival of the 303 and the burgeoning rave-influenced sounds coming out of Europe. His acid house Flipper was a huge success and his night Dyscopath played to a packed house at the Civic..
His Strudel night, which began in 2002 with the help of best friend, Fraulein Juleigh, was the first to incorporate the look and feel of electro and has now become legendary in Sydney nightclub history, even getting a nod from dance magazine 3D as runner-up club night of the year in 2003. The party was first held at the Phoenix Bar and moved on to Club 77 where it played host to its second birthday as well as a special live performance from French electro wiz Vitalic and a seminal DJ set from German label Get Physical’s head honcho, DJ T. He also collaborated on the 2004 New Year’s Eve party featuring Miss Kittin and DJ T at Gas and Bohem.
Mark Murphy’s first gig was a residency at the now infamous Ffierce parties at Club 77, the Roof (Palladium) and Arq. He then went on to play at nearly every major party and club in Sydney.
He started producing music and collaborated with fellow DJs Lanny K and Miss Yetti on a track called ‘Maggot’ for their local label Ear Pimp Music. A second track, ‘Rubber’, was released early in 2006. The first was featured on the compilation ‘Ah-Tchoo’.
In 2007 Mark collaborated on a commercial mix CD with Freeform Five called Killer (Eklektik Elektrik Muzik).
Mark’s party promotions are legendary. He put on 2000’s New Year’s Eve’s Screw2000 @ the Metro with UK’s Max Alien headlining. He was also involved in putting on the Sleaze 1998 recovery Woof @ 77 and the Bombed parties which had residencies at the Icebox, 77, and Blackmarket. He also collaborated on a party called Maggot at Angel Place which featured UK DJ RR Fierce.
He has produced his own radio show with a friend for the now defunct Rhythm FM and has also appeared on Triple J’s Mix UP, 2SER, DEX FM, Free Fm, Wild FM, Out FM, and FBI. He also writes a column for Sydney dance newspaper 3D called Hottie.
Mark co-owns a record store called Spank Records in Surry Hills and previously managed one of Sydney’s leading underground dance music stores, Reachin Records.
Support highlights: Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Thomas Schumacher, Michael Mayer, Sasha, John Digweed, 2Many DJs, Tiefschwarz, The Glimmers, Ewan Pearson, DJ T, RR Fierce
Event highlights: Mardi Gras, Sleaze Ball, Inquisition IX at the Hordern, Earthdance, Field Day, The Big Day Out, We Love Sydney at Luna Park, Tiga at Home, Honkytonks (Melb), Seven (Melb)
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