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Mark Thompson



A former session musician (guitar, sax and flute) Mark found work in recording studios after leaving college in the early 1970’s. In the 1980’s his career took a turn towards artist management, executive production and record company consultancy, initially forming and running a record company (Public Recordings) before moving to London to work with A+M Records.
By the mid 1980’s, Mark had developed one of the UK’s leading producer management companies, working with producers David Lord (Peter Gabriel, Echo and the Bunnymen) and Warne Livesay (Matt Johnson, Midnight Oil) and acting as consultant to record companies such as Jive (with Hugh Masekela) and JVC Victor of Japan (Yasuaki Shimizu).
In a bid to return to his musical roots, towards the end of the decade Mark set up a modest eight track recording studio in his own flat. He quickly became expert at side-stepping the middle men, sourcing and selecting the best used equipment for this venture. Perhaps inadvertently, Mark soon became the go-to source for many other studios across the UK.
By the early 1990’s Funky Junk was born, which has since grown to have branches in Paris and Milan. Mark is regarded across the UK and internationally as a gem of the industry and we are thrilled that he has joined Finding Rhythms as a patron in 2016.

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