Mark Wilkinson (born 18 April 1989), known by his stage name Wilkinson, is a British drum and bass music producer and DJ from London. He has released music on RAM Records and Hospital Records, as well as Virgin EMI. His 2013 single "Afterglow" with uncr...
Mark Wilkinson (born 18 April 1989), known by his stage name Wilkinson, is a British drum and bass music producer and DJ from London. He has released music on RAM Records and Hospital Records, as well as Virgin EMI. His 2013 single "Afterglow" with uncredited vocals by Becky Hill reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart on 20 October 2013. His debut album Lazers Not Included was released on 28 October 2013.
2010–2016: RAM Records and Lazers Not Included
On 13 December 2010 Wilkinson released his debut single "Moonwalker / Samurai" through RAM Records. The tracks were first premiered through Andy C's drum & bass compilation album Nightlife 5. On 12 June 2011 he released the single "Every Time / Overdose", which became the 99th single release of RAM Records. "Every Time" features vocals from Marcus Gregg and it became Wilkinson's first song to spawn a music video. On 4 December 2011 he released "Tonight / Pistol Whip". "Tonight" was later re-released in 2013 as the iTunes Single of the Week to promote the release of his debut studio album Lazers Not Included. On 19 August 2012 he released the single "Automatic / Hands Up!". Although it received mixed feedback and significantly less airplay, "Automatic" still managed to gain support from the likes of Annie Mac and MistaJam.
On 2 December 2012 he released "Need to Know / Direction" featuring Iman as the lead single from his debut studio album. On 3 April 2013 he released "Take You Higher / Crunch" as the next single from the album. On 26 July 2013 he released "Heartbeat" featuring P Money and Arlissa as the third single from his debut studio album. On 13 October 2013 he released "Afterglow" as the fourth single from his debut studio album. The song peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart, making it his first top 10 single in the UK. On 28 October 2013 he released his debut studio album Lazers Not Included. The album peaked at number 46 on the UK Albums Chart and number 2 on the UK Dance Chart. On 9 February 2014 he released "Too Close" featuring Detour City as the album's fifth single, which peaked at number 55 in the UK. The album's sixth single "Half Light" (featuring Tom Cane) charted at number 25 in the UK, making it Wilkinson's second Top 40 single. It was released on 1 June 2014.
Since the release of Lazers Not Included, Wilkinson has worked on music with Katy B, Wretch 32, Angel Haze and Knytro. On 14 July 2014, a new single entitled "Dirty Love" premiered on MistaJam's BBC Radio 1Xtra show. The song features vocals from Talay Riley, and was released on 12 October 2014. The song later featured on the "extended edition" of Lazers Not Included, which was released on 20 October 2014. This new edition of his debut album, originally titled Lazers Not Included 2.0, was to be released on 18 August 2014 and was to feature six previously unheard songs. However, these plans were scrapped and the extended edition instead featured numerous remixes of and by Wilkinson alongside the new single.
On 2 October 2014, he embarked on his Lazers Not Included tour with support from Etherwood, I See MONSTAS and Toyboy & Robin on selected dates. The tour began in Bournemouth and finished in Cambridge. A new song with Shannon Saunders (with whom he is in a relationship), entitled "Breathe", premiered in Bournemouth. His next single, a collaboration with TC entitled "Hit the Floor", was released exclusively to Beatport on 12 January 2015 and elsewhere on 26 January. The song was pressed to a number of limited edition picture discs for Record Store Day 2015. On 6 March 2015, his next single entitled "Hopelessly Coping" (featuring Thabo) premiered on Annie Mac's Radio 1 show. It was released on 17 May 2015 alongside remixes from Gorgon City, René LaVice, Preditah and Hanami. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 49. On 24 August 2015, "Breathe" was released as a free download, accompanied by a music video. The song is also available on digital retailers.
2016–present: Second studio album
"Flatline", the lead single from Wilkinson's forthcoming second studio album, features vocals from Wretch 32 and was released on 12 March 2016.