An art school graduate, Mark McRae’s illustrious career began as a performing musician in various major record label projects which included bands, Rub Ultra (Island Records) Honeycrack (Sony Music), Rehab (ZTT/Warner Bros) and Lovefield (Polydor). During this period McRae found himself working side by side with a plethora of the most talented producers, mixers and engineers. These included Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, The
Pixies), Tim Palmer (David Bowie, Pearl Jam, Ozzy Osbourne), Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters, Placebo), Trevor Horn (Seal, Robbie Williams, Pet Shop Boys), Barry Clempson
(The Verve) and Al Clay (Frank Black, Hans Zimmer). McRae
is more recently know for his collaborations with Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Sting), Malcolm Burn (Patti Smith, Bob Dylan) and Hans Joern Brandenburg (Tom waits, Lou Reed).
These experiences were vital
in creating the accomplished composer/producer McRae is today. As he himself admits, ‘Working with those guys was an education in itself. I can honestly say I was first in and last out of all those sessions.
I was transfixed by the potential of the recording process especially as digital technology has completely transformed
the face of musical creativity as we know it. Those experiences armed me with the tools I required to push my career
onto the next level.’
Later, McRae’ s composition and sound design talents were embraced and to this day he has worked with an impressive array of International Corporations and Companies that include BBC, ITV, Ch4 and SkyTV. His music has been recognised in several award wins, nominations and critical acclaim.
McRae was a major contributor
to the unique audio visual
arts collective ‘The Light Surgeons’ whose 'LIVE film'
TRUE FICTIONS, commissioned
by the New York based Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media
and Performing Arts (EMPAC) performed the production as far afield as New York, Manchester, Milan, Seville, London, Brighton, Belfast, Hong Kong and Poland