Mark Doyle, one of the UK’s most successful DJs and the founder of Hed Kandi, will be crashing the dance floor at Bahrain’s Cocoon Lounge on December 2
Time Out Bahrain staff
After founding Hed Kandi and the Tokyo Project, how are you approaching Fierce Angel? Much more carefully as this time it’s all my money… I think I learnt a lot of lessons running both businesses (some harder than others). This time the simple rule is to run a company that is successful but doesn’t grow so big it becomes unmanageable. Fierce Angel is all about being small, sexy, with extreme attention to detail!
Ibiza’s still rocking and the appetite for house music in the UK doesn’t look like it is diminishing. Where in the world are the new music hubs? Well by the look of it the hunger is growing in the UAE... We’ve now tied up events in Dubai, Bahrain, Oman and Abu Dhabi. The over-the-top atmosphere and great weather makes it perfect for our style of house. We are also doing a lot of work in Russia and Asia, so house is a global thing.
You’re an A&R man and label owner as well as a DJ. How do you manage it all and keep the passion behind the decks? I have no idea, it’s just a complete passion bordering on obsession. I spend 7 days a week and around 16 hours a day working on various things related on the brand. The only person it affects adversely is the wife who is always telling me to relax!
Everyone knows Hed Kandi; does Fierce Angel target the same scene? Same music? Yes ultimately the core of what Hed Kandi used to do is sexy vocal house and that was dictated by my personal taste and music direction. Now I’ve gone I think Hed Kandi has become a much broader commercial brand and they are now trying other styles. We are focussing on just the pure undiluted fun side of house music.
Where do you see the future of Fierce Angel? We are moving into artist development and focussing on producing a lot more music in house. We’ve stepped firmly into the digital world with our catalogue going online in late 2009 and more events planned.