STA 2 Year Anniversary: Mark Sherry

Saturday, February 17 at 10 PM – 3 AM PST

The Underground
122 South Washington Street, Seattle, Washington 98104


Feb 2018 will be the 2 year anniversary of Seattle Trance Alliance & the rebirth of Seattle’s trance scene. over the last 2 years, one show at a time, we have been able to build one of the strongest trance scenes in the US. Now we celebrate that with our biggest month of shows to date.

Seattle Trance Alliance Presents:
The Sounds of Trance: Mark Sherry

Caught in the light of the strobe, a mass of unconstrained energy, there’s little mistaking the figure of Mark Sherry. For clubbers and music lovers of the more dynamic persuasion, he’s become a cult figure. He’s recorded and remixed a veritable Who’s Who of trance’s most respected artists and labels and scaled the loftiest heights of the national charts. These days he’s most quickly recognized as the man behind the Outburst empire – the platform that supports the Outburst, Techburst and Outburst Twilight labels, tours, radio shows and music-compilations.

Having found early success as the founder member of Public Domain, Mark hung up his mainstream boots and followed a calling to seize floors with a more individual sound. Going solo in 2004, he came off the blocks quickly and through releases like ‘Vengeance’/’Live & Learn’ and ‘Here Come The Drums’ began to resonate with DJs just as fast. Those were followed by ‘A Star Within A Star’ (which he bespoke-produced for his 2008 Trance Energy set) and ‘Walk Away’, which he recorded alongside Terry Ferminal. From there he went on release his work through a pantheon of labels. Armin’s Armind, Captivating and Soundpiercing imprints quickly tapped into his sound, as did, High Contrast, Doorn and Flashover Recordings. Outings on PvD’s VANDIT imprint and Markus Schulz’s Coldharbour Recordings were not far behind. Perhaps most notably the period also saw Spinnin’ Records, one of the world’s biggest dance music labels, sign him exclusively to a 2-year artist deal with their RESET imprint. With each release, fan, DJ and press attention grew. Over the duration, “hard”, “furious”, “exciting”,“brilliant” and “immensely playable” were just some of the adjectives that the UK’s DJ Mag chose to depict Mark’s productions.

Remixes have likewise played a significant part in Mark’s career. Many of trance music’s hierarchy have sought his services in the area. Among them have been Armin van Buuren, Aly & Fila & Giuseppe e Ottaviani, Markus Schulz, Lange and Max Graham (respectively on, ‘Together’, ‘Brilliant People’, ‘Remember This’ & most recently ‘The New World’, ‘Songless’ and ‘The Evil ID’). Mark though has also paid remix-service to many of his own personal heroes. To date, those have come to include techno-led classics like Mory Kante’s seminal ‘Yeke Yeke’, as well as hard trance anthems like ‘U’ by Scot Project and Mauro Picotto’s ‘Eterea’.

‘To make music for the future, you must first understand the past’ is something Mark holds much belief in. With few – if any – label worlds left to conquer and having commemorated his 20th year as a DJ (with his #TWENTY tour), he undertook a major change in approach. With his tastes occupying the trance/techno nexus, this crystalized with the formation of Outburst Records in 2014. Embarking with remixes of his own revered

‘Vengeance’/’Live & Learn’ releases, Outburst quickly began establishing its own area within the tech-trance sphere. Inside of just 2 years, it’d become next-to-indispensible to the tech-trance and techno spinning elites’ set-lists. With his finger on the pulse of bright new talent, it also became instrumental in pushing the fledgling careers of trance’s production nu-guard. Alex Di Stefano, 2nd Phase, Adam Ellis, Vlind, Jamie Walker, Stephen Kirkwood and
Lostly are just a few of the producers whose earlier works surfaced through Outburst. Equally, though Mark worked alongside some of his own early inspirations and contemporaries. Tracks by (and sometimes with) Mario Piu, Marco V, The Space Brothers, David Forbes, Fred Baker, Scot Project, Johan Gielen and Sunscreem became fundamental to balancing its unique past/ present/future perspective. It’s also provided a platform for some of Mark’s
most radical work to date. Recorded alongside Jamie Walker and Ross Ferguson, November 2016, for instance, saw the release of the DJ Mag 8/10 rated, ‘trance meets drum ‘n’ bass’ track ‘The Only One’.

The response to its first clutch of Outburst releases prompted Mark to expand the label further. He launched sister imprint Techburst, which added all-out techno to his label dynamic. That was followed by Outburst Twilight (covering darker, later-night, sometimes psy-sided material) a year later. Mark also began to tour what had rapidly become known as ‘the Outburst sound’ around the world. In 2016 he released the first in a new mix-comp series
under the name ‘Outburst Pres. Prism’. The end of that year saw Outburst release Mark Sherry Meets Space Frog & Derb ‘Follow Me’ voted one of Beatport’s 10 Best Tracks Of The Year, with the label itself following suit in the 10 Best Trance Labels category.

Having hit its 50th release (with his Alex Di Stefano collaboration ‘Everyone Is Looking For Us’) in the summer of 2016, the renewed focus fell on Mark’s Outburst Radio Show. The broadcast brings the label group’s sound and spirit to listeners around the world weekly. Each show receives its premiere on leading trance radio station and is subsequently syndicated to 20+ other stations worldwide. The show is also available as a podcast through iTunes. 2017 sees the show reach its 500th episode – an event that is being marked by the worldwide Outburst 500 tour and compilation release.

The Underground
122 S Washington St
Seattle WA 98104