Mark Doyle is the driving force behind Fierce Angel and the original creator of Hed Kandi.
MARK DOYLE : A FIERCE HISTORY
FROM HED KANDI TO FIERCE ANGEL – THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
Mark Doyle created Hed Kandi in 1997 and it was his choice of artwork, music and presentation that succeeded in distinguishing the brand from other house music labels. Mark had previously run the jazzfm compilation label and after much success was
asked to come up with a new concept that the listeners might relate to and purchase. Mark produced an album that he would want to buy, It had to have great music, stunning packaging and a unique look, it was here that Hed Kandi was born.
The idea of Jason Brooks "Kandi Girl" style artwork started with the release of Nu Cool 2 in 1999 (the first volume of Nu Cool were re-released with new artwork). The designs were by British illustrator Jason Brooks whose work Mark had first seen On flyers for the Pushca club night. Mark stumbled across Jason’s contact details on his Work for Faberge’ and contacted him to ask if he would be interested in suppling images for the albums. Jason provided around 50 artwork designs for the brand until 2005 when they
both left to join Mark Doyle’s new company.
Hed Kandi had its own radio show which was broadcast late night/early morning on radio station JazzFM for the first 3 years. Mark Doyle presented each show and presented a mix of funky house, chillout and guest interviews. The Show was taken on by the Galaxy network and quickly moved from a late night show to a prime time slot at 9pm on Friday.Mark presented all the shows
for nearly 6 years.
Another key element of the Hed Kandi experience were the many branded parties that Commenced with a hugely popular night at Rouge in London/ The parties were soon appearing worldwide and Mark recruited a team of DJ’s to help headline the events.
These DJ’s included Matt Collins, Mike Van Loon, Eric Kupper, Stonebridge, Hatty Lovehearts, Andy Norman, John Jones & Craig McGivern. The events became even more popular after Mark
chose EL Divino to host their amazingly successful weekly party in Ibiza.
While at Hed Kandi Mark also created and compiled a number of other labels which had a style of their own.
The Base Ibiza series consisted of a mix of house music that was popular at Hed Kandi parties held
at The Base Bar in Ibiza And Es Vive, a plush hotel in Ibiza from where the compilation takes its name, which provided the backdrop as a companion compilation to Base Bar, and which was primarily chilled and downtempo house. In 2005 boththese compilations were released as one 3CD set as opposed to the usual
separate releases that had gone before (Mark Doyle's new music label Fierce Angel took over the release of Es Vive compilations from 2006.)
The Acid Lounge series was compiled by Mark & mixed 45 Dip and consisted of music ranging from chill to acid-trip lounge house and included a ltd edition comic.
The Stereo Sushi series was a collection of deep soulful house and was themed around an anime Japanese Idea. This series was very successful and mark compiled 7 releases in this series.
Mark also successfully picked a number of club and chart hits from artist projects he signed to the label. The first artist projects
included albums from Afterlife, 45 Dip and Anthea plus singles from Lazy Grace & Fuel.The label enjoyed huge success with the Stonebridge album project which produced two top 10 singles and another top 30 single. Mark also signed Peyton, LNM Project, Late Night Alumni And Solu Music Feat Kimblee.
During the last two years of Mark’s time at Hed Kandi the entire Jazzfm company was purchased by GMG radio and Hed Kandi was included as part of this deal. Since the creation of Hed Kandi Mark had been an employee of Jazz FM, contrary to many opinions Mark never actually owned any part of Hed Kandi and it was mainly due to this that Mark decided to leave in June 2005.
Mark was solely responsible for the creation of Hed Kandi while working for Jazzfm .He presented the radio show, compiled the albums, planned the marketing and art directed the covers. Mark’s last compilation for Hed Kandi was HEDK049 Beach House. He left Hed Kandi in June 2005 to set up his own completely independent record label.
In July 2005 Mark launched TOKYO PROJECT alongside some of the original members of his team at Hed Kandi and the Illustrator Jason Broooks. The period June 2005 - February 2006 was a very difficult time for the new company. Immediately after his departure Hed Kandi launched a prolonged legal action contesting the new labels right to use Jason Brooks art. The entire case was covered in depth on a variety of legal sites a quick search of the internet will turn up all the details for those interested. Although Mark successfully fought the court case it left the label in a difficult financial position. Tokyo Project was then beset with further funding problems and the label had to be closed in February 2006.
It was shortly after the legal case concluded that GMG decided to sell Hed Kandi and negotiated a deal with Ministry Of Sound.
Although Mark had endured 9 months of legal wrangles and a variety of problems he decided to move forward with a new label concept and secured a new deal with UK label All Around The World. Instead of taking on any investors Mark remortgaged his house and launched the new label as a completely self funded project.
In May 2006 Mark launched Fierce Angel Records & Fierce Angel Events. Once again he was joined by Jason Brooks who supplied the artwork for the first 9 releases. The office team was further strengthened by Marks fiancee’ Kate Penny who manages marketing and PR, Nadia Rifaat who manages all the Fierce Angel Events and Dave Armstrong who produces the Fierce Angel radio show.
Fierce Angel releases so far include Beach Angel, Tokyo Disco, Es Vive, Fierce Angel, Angels Fall, Fierce Disco and Digital Angel. The label is also working with a number of artists including Peyton, The Bassmonkeys, Naomi Marsh, Robina, Belle Erskine, The Elek-Tro Junkies, Club 4 Life and Rita Campbell. The first release was the stunning club hit “The Answer” which reached number 2 in the club charts in 2007.
Fierce Angel also secured residencies at some of the finest UK clubs and Mark was joined by a new team of DJ’s that consisted of a number of old friends including Eric Kupper, Mike Van Loon, Hatty Lovehearts, Matt Collins, Steve Simpson, Luis Madureira, Dave Armstrong, Iain Thomson, Ben Santiago, Justin Wilkes & Craig James.
In July 2007 Jason Brooks ended his 9 year relationship with Mark and announced his decision to return to the now Ministry Of Sound owned Hed Kandi for an undisclosed sum. At this point Mark began the search for a new artwork direction for the brand . In November 2007 is was announced that UK illustrator and graphic designer Jason Cook would be joining the Fierce Angel Team.
Jason Jaroslav Cook trained at the University of Wolverhampton & London Guildhall University where he gained a 1st Class BA(hons) & A Master Of Arts with Distinction respectively. He has been working in London for the last 10 years and is also known as Jacey, Flatliner & Jaroslav. His previous clients include MTV, VH1, Mixmag, Virgin Airlines, Tatler, Motorola, Honda and The Guardian Guide.
Jason has been a keen clubber and bedroom DJ for years and says his inspiration for Fierce Angel was “to push Fierce Angel in a direction that is a million miles away from what has been done before. To give it a totally fresh new , sexy, naughty , twisted , provocative , high fashion look. Something for a more discerning clubber, Something that would not look out of place being in Vogue. The imagery will change but the focal point was to rebrand Fierce angel and give it a timeless logo, inspiration for this was classic perfume and watch logos...simple, timeless & confident.”
2008 saw Fierce Angel release 6 compilations and a samplers plus a number of artist projects. The radio show began broadcasting in over 20 countries on over 40 stations.
2009 has seen a new tie up with Fresh DJ's to represent all their events worldwide. A Little Fierce III was released in February and Fierce Disco III will be released on March 30th.
Mark Says “It’s been an amazing ride so far and the bumps in the road have only made us stronger. I’m so pleased to have Jason Cook on board for the next exciting chapter in the story of Fierce Angel and would like the thank everyone for all their support over the last 10 years.”
Selected discography Mark Doyle
MARK DOYLE DISCOGRAPHY
Hed Kandi Releases By Mark Doyle – 1998 - 2005
Nu Cool (Hed Kandi)
Nu Cool was the first genre to be released by Hed Kandi, these compilations
comprised of soulful laid-back bar grooves.
Nu Cool 1 (1998)
Nu Cool 2 (1999)
Nu Cool 3 (1999)
Nu Cool 4 (2000)
Serve Chilled (Hed Kandi)
Another of Hed Kandi's early releases, Serve Chilled speaks for itself;
a polar opposite to Winter Chill, usually more brighter chilled out grooves.
Serve Chilled 1 (1999)
Serve Chilled 2 (2000)
Serve Chilled 3 (2001)
Winter Chill (Hed Kandi)
Winter Chill is the other chill-themed album range which featured a more
darker and sometimes electronic side of chill music which would not sound
appropriate on Serve Chilled.
Winter Chill (1999)
Winter Chill 2 (2000)
Winter Chill 3 (2001)
Winter Chill 06.02 (2002)
Winter Chill 06.03 (2003)
Winter Chill 06.04 (2004)
Back To Love (Hed Kandi)
The Back To Love series features house music and some hip-hop from the late
80s and some early 90s. Mark Doyle referred to Back to Love as his "vanity
project" because it featured music he played at his first regular club night
that ran from 1988 to 1992. This series is very popular amongst Hed Kandi
fans; the first two compilations are no longer pressed and are the most
sought-after of all Hed Kandi releases on internet auction sites.
Back To Love 1 (1999)
Back To Love 2 (2001)
Back To Love 3 (2001)
Back To Love 03.02 (2002)
Back To Love 03.03 (2003)
Back To Love 03.04 (2004)
Back To Love 03.05 (2005)
Back To Love 07.06 (2006)
Disco Kandi (Hed Kandi)
Disco Kandi was a collection of house music that Mark played at the Hed Kandi club nights,
is was perhaps the most commercial of Hed Kandi albums. The first CD consisted of music
from the Disco Heaven or Beach House genre whilst the second CD focused more towards the
electronic and progressive side of house normally found on Twisted Disco
Disco Kandi 1 (2000)
Disco Kandi 2 (2000)
Disco Kandi 3 (2001)
Disco Kandi 4 (2001)
Disco Kandi 5 (2001)
Disco Kandi 05.02 (2002)
Disco Kandi 05.03 (2003)
Disco Kandi 05.04 (2004)
Disco Kandi 05.05 (2005)
Beach House (Hed Kandi)
Beach House consisted of mainly of summery and soulful deep house with some
Beach House 1 (2000)
Beach House 2 (2001)
Beach House 04.02 (2002)
Beach House 04.03 (2003)
Beach House 04.04 (2004)
Beach House 04.05 (2005)
Beach House 06.06 (2006)
Beach House 06.07 (2007)
Deeper (Hed Kandi)
Deeper was a collection of deep and progressive/dark house. This series
was replaced on Hed Kandi by Twisted Disco.
Deeper 01.02 (2002)
Disco Heaven (Hed Kandi)
Disco Heaven was primarily made up of US
garage and funky disco club cuts. Often described by the label as "fluffy,"
Disco Heaven featured some commercial as well as some classic and hard to
find club hits.
Disco Heaven 02.02 (2002)
Disco Heaven 02.03 (2003)
Disco Heaven 01.04 (2004)
Disco Heaven 01.05 (2005)
Twisted Disco (Hed Kandi)
The Twisted Disco genre took over where Deeper left off and regenerated the
genre to a more electronic and progressive style of house.
Twisted Disco 01.03 (2003)
Twisted Disco 02.04 (2004)
Twisted Disco 02.05 (2005)
Hed Kandi The Mix (Hed Kandi)
While run by Mark Hed Kandi released an average of two mix albums a year,
most were in a 3CD mixed format with one CD in each set mixed from various Hed Kandi
Genres. For instance The Mix Summer 2004 was made up of CD1 "Disco Heaven"
Mix, CD2 "Twisted Disco" Mix and CD3 "Back To Love" Mix. Exceptions to this
rule are sampler CDs which are usually released during Hed Kandi's residency
in Ibiza and are released as a single mixed CD featuring a few minutes of
selected tracks from major Hed Kandi releases from around that time.
Interestingly, Australian releases of The Mix Summer 2004 and The Mix Winter
2004 were released as World Series 2 and World Series 3 respectively with
some tracklistings slightly modified or shifted around.
The Mix Summer 2004 (2004)
The Mix Winter 2004 (2004)
Hed Kandi Samplers
Different Kandi flavours on one album. These cut-price single-disc albums
were usually released during the Ibiza Summer residency period (with the
exception of Spring Sampler 2005) and feature either one continuous mix or
three small separate mixes comprising selected genres of the brand.
Summer Sampler 2001 (2001)
Summer Sampler 2002 (2002)
Summer Mix 2003 (2003)
Summer Mix 2004 (2004)
Spring Sampler 2005 (2005)
World Series (Hed Kandi)
World Series started off in 2003 with World Series UK as Hed Kandi's first
venture into the mixed CD format. The set comprised of 3CDs each of which
contained a separate mix from a selected genre; CD1 "Beach House" Mix, CD2
"Disco Heaven" Mix and CD3 "Twisted Disco" Mix.
World Series UK Mix 1 (2003)
World Series Australia (2003)
World Series Australia 2 (2004)
The Acid Lounge
45 Dip - The Acid Lounge (2000)
The Acid Lounge Vol. 1 (2002)
The Acid Lounge Vol. 2 - The Acid Lounge In Space (2003)
The Acid Lounge Vol. 3 - The Acid Lounge Goes West (2003)
Base Bar Vol. 1 (2001)
Base Bar 2002 (2002)
Base Bar 2003 (2003)
Base Bar 2004 (2004)
Es Vive Ibiza/Base Bar 2005 (2005)
Es Vive Ibiza
Es Vive Ibiza 2002 (2002)
Es Vive Ibiza 2003 (2003)
Es Vive Ibiza 2004 (2004)
Es Vive Ibiza/Base Bar 2005 (2005)
Stereo Sushi Vol. 1 (2002)
Stereo Sushi Vol. 2 (2002)
Stereo Sushi Vol. 3 (2002)
Stereo Sushi Vol. 4 - Futomaki (2003)
Stereo Sushi Vol. 5 - Wasabi (2003)
Stereo Sushi Vol. 6 - Sake (2004)
Stereo Sushi Vol. 7 - Teriyaki (2005)
Anthea - Words and Beats (1999)
45 Dip - The Acid Lounge (2000)
Afterlife - Simplicity 2000 (2000)
Stonebridge - Can't Get Enough (2004)
Late Night Alumni - Empty Streets (2005)
Peyton - Peyton (2005)
Lazy Grace – How Deep Is Your Love
Fuel – Do 4 Love
Afterlife – Cry
K&M Project – Pink Is The Colour
Stonebridge – Put EM High
Stonebridge – Take Me Away
Stonebridge – Freak On
Peyton - Higher Place
LNM Projekt Feat Bonnie Bailey – Everywhere
Late Night Alumni – Empty Streets
Solu Music Feat Kimblee – Fade
TOKYO PROJECT RELEASES 2005 – 2006
Tokyo Project The Sampler 2005
Tokyo Project The Collection 2005
FIERCE ANGEL RELEASES 2006 – 2008
Tokyo Disco (2006)
A LITTLE FIERCE
A Little Fierce (2007)
A Little Fierce II (2008)
A Little Fierce III (2009)
Beach Angel (2006)
Beach Angel (2007)
Es Vive (2006)
Es Vive (2007)
Es Vive (2008)
Fierce Angel (2006)
Angels Fall (2006)
Angels Fall II (2008)
Digital Angel (2006)
Digital Angel (2007)
Fierce Disco (2007)
Fierce Disco II (2008)