An art school graduate, Mark McRae’s career began as a session and performing musician in various major record label projects which included bands, Rub Ultra (Island Records) Honeycrack (Sony Music), Rehab (ZTT/Warner Bros) and Lovefield (Polydor). During this period McRae found himself working with and learning from some of the most talented producers, mixers and engineers of our time. These included Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, The
Pixies), Tim Palmer (David Bowie, Pearl Jam), Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters), Trevor Horn (Seal,Pet Shop Boys), Barry Clempson
(The Verve) and Al Clay (Frank Black, Hans Zimmer). McRae is more recently know for his collaborations with Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Sting), Malcolm Burn (Patti Smith, Bob Dylan), Sophie Rois, Clemens Schonborn and Hans Joern Brandenburg (Tom waits, Lou Reed).
These experiences were vital in creating the accomplished composer/producer McRae is today. As he himself admits, ‘Working with those guys was an education in itself. I can honestly say I was first in and last out of all those sessions. I was transfixed by the potential of the recording process especially as digital technology has completely transformed the face of musical creativity as we know it. Those experiences armed me with the tools I required to push my career onto the next level.’
Later, McRae’ s composition and sound design talents were embraced and to this day he has worked with an impressive array of International Corporations, Companies Theaters that include RAI, BBC, ITV, Ch4 and SkyTV. His music has been recognised in several award wins, nominations and critical acclaim across TV, RADIO and CINEMA.
McRae was a major contributor to the unique audio visual arts collective ‘The Light Surgeons’ whose 'LIVE film' TRUE FICTIONS, commissioned by the New York based Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts (EMPAC) performed the production as far afield as New York, Manchester, Milan, Seville, London, Brighton, Belfast, Hong Kong and Poland.
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Mark McRae is an amazing artist, musician and composer, passionate and intuitive about his work but always mindful of the brief. He has contributed some outstanding work to my company ‘The Light surgeons’ over the past few years and has been an absolute pleasure to work with. From the arts based to the commercial he is a huge asset to any production.’
Chris Allen (Founder of ‘The Light Surgeons’)
All tracks mastered by Rino Marchese. Night Tracks 1 and 5 and Day Tracks 1,5,10 and 12 mixed by Rino Marchese and Mark McRae.