Mark Persaud


Mark ‘Who is Dave Ballard?’ Persaud : the undisputed queen of the hands in the air moment


Mark Persaud got his first set of decks at 16 years olds, but he was rocking parties long before that. From the age of 8 he could be found playing off tape-to-tape players at birthday parties for friends and family.

Mark’s been promoting parties on the south coast for over 12 years now. His first foray was a small underground night in Southsea called House Party, with music policy of deep, soulful and tech House. Along with other local DJs and producers, a regular on the roster was Rosko Siffredi, long time DJ partner and old school chum. Later both Rosko and Mark got involved with another local promotion called Sumo, making up part of the original resident line up. While involved with Sumo, Mark was lucky enough to play with some big names from his musical education such as Norman Jay, Bez, Roots Manuva, Gilles Peterson and Rob Da Bank to name a few. He also got the chance to play at the Snowbombing festival in Austria. It was while at Sumo Mark met Matt Seeney and was also reacquainted old chum Tim Hobbs aka Percy Fox. Mark has always had a love of disco, an appreciation shared by Tim and Matt. Tim and Mark often spoke about getting a disco night going in Portsmouth, but were not sure how well it would go down.

However, in the winter of 2007 with Matt and Rosko on board, the Civilisation Of the Rough was born.  Soon after, Tim further recruited old friend Leon Windsor and long time disco chums Mick Hood and Steve Laming. The rest as they say is history. 6 years on Mark is still smashing disco in weird and wonderful venues in Southsea with his COR disco brethren and guest DJ royalty the ilk of Bill Brewster, Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, Alfredo, Diesel, Graeme Park and Terry Farley, to name but a few.

“I’ve loved house and disco for as long as I can remember, and being 1/5th of the COR crew has really allowed me stretch my legs on this front once again and get back to playing music that really means the most to me. Working with the COR Fam to put on the best parties we can possibly muster has been an incredible journey and I’ve met some amazing people along the way. It’s stressful at times, but seeing a venue completely transformed and having a room full of smiling faces jumping around with their hands in the air loving the night makes it all more than worth while. Have been loving our toe dip into the festival scene. Having our own COR tent at Farm Fest over the past 2 years has really allowed us to take to COR creatively to the next level. It’s not that often you get the opportunity to get people to walk through a wardrobe into a (fake) snow storm to get into our parties for example. Just priceless!  Can’t wait to get stuck in again this year. With 3  festivals chalked up for 2014, including COR’s first overseas jaunt at Electric Elephant and our biggest festi undertaking yet, a 1000 capacity arena at Victorious. Excited don’t even come close! Gonna be a cracking summer. Big Love.”
Look out for Mark at his weekly residency, Saturdays At The Vaults and his summertime Friday balearic sessions at the Champagne Bar at Southsea Castle.

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