Unceasingly reflecting the wild temperature swings, coveted landscapes, and the three hours of wide open spaces that separate modern industrial centres, is Edmonton entrepreneur Randy Mark. Mark says he creates art that can be easily scaled up to an international audience, but will always allude to his foundational experience growing up in such a consequential place, Treaty 6 Territory, in Edmonton, Alberta.
A photographer, video director, and studio engineer, Mark has divided his love for art into his visual side and his auditory side.
"When I make a song now, I have the promo shot in mind, when I make the beat, I have the video in mind, and as I'm thinking about the video, I'm writing the song and adjusting the lyrics to suit the video concept."
From his early beginnings performing for the grand opening of City Hall as a kid, to performing in the LRT stations as a teenager, Mark inevitably ended up performing at major venues on bills with elite performers like Ice T, RUN DMC, Wu Tang Clan, Gang Starr, and more, as an adult.
Nominated for a WCMA in 2008 for a hip hop album The Representatives, under his emcee alias "Touch", Mark was known for inspiring some of Canada's most successful rappers, and today still mentors young artists from his area.
Wether DJing on his weekly 2 hour radio show The Missing Link, producing music, shooting videos, or setting up photo shoots for artists, you'll detect a unique flavour in the end product that's sure to stand out amongst conventional creators. Mark believes originality is still paramount in art, and endeavours to keep every project unique and compelling.