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"Mark Eckert is a full-time Producer & Drummer currently residing in Uptown Charlotte. His influences include sounds from Passion Pit, Lorde, Broods, Chvrches, Bleachers, and Tears for Fears among many others. He grew up under the teachings of his Juilliard-trained mother and inventor/engineer Father. After studying Production & Drumming at Berklee College of Music, he began specializing stylistically in Indie Pop music.
He has worked and/or collaborated with touring members of Lady Gaga, Prince, Usher, JoJo, Robin Thicke, Fantasia, Tamia, Anthony Hamilton & Natasha Beddingfield. He has also worked with Kiowa Gordon of Sundance Films (The Twilight Saga), as well as finalists on NBC’s The Voice, FOX’s X-FACTOR and both beginning and accomplished artists in 13 Countries.
Mark is an accomplished Drummer & MD available for Tour, Fly-Dates and Studio Work. Since being contracted at the age of 15 to play in multiple commercial studios as a Session Drummer, Mark has traveled as far as LA and NYC for session work. Most notably, Phoenix, Arizona to play on a single for Actor Kiowa Gordon (“Embry Call” – The Twilight Saga: New Moon).
He has since studied at The Berklee College of Music, training under the tutelage of modern greats such as; Sergio Bellotti, Jonny Rabb, JP Bouvet, Yoron Israel and Donnie Marshall, along with many others.
Mark is influenced by many styles, including (but not limited to) New Orleans 2nd-line, 80’s Synth-Driven hard hitting Kick & Snare beats, huge synthetic toms, and deep, authentic, pocket-funk. Eckert ultimately attempts to merge the “80’s sound” in the much-recycled world of today’s pop-music with the classic but the incredibly needed traditional world of Dirty Funk, Soul & Classic Hip Hop. Mark’s signature style brings together a mix of Acoustic, electronic sample mediums, as well as the capability to MD on stage via an Ableton rig, by importing samples with the Roland SPD-SX, and operate separate In-Ear monitor mixes for an entire group. Recent notable shows include a Spot-Date in Nashville with X-FACTOR Finalist Julia Lauren in her new project, The Foxies. Mark will also be flying out to LA, Fiji, Australia & New Zealand to produce & tour with Melbourne-based Alex Latham's new project, ALLOLA."
Mark exclusively uses, endorses and trusts Novation controllers for both studio & live settings, LANDR for all mastering and digital distribution, and OVERRIDE Music Publishing for licensing some works.