I have been composing music for a long time - in a sense, since I started playing the piano aged 7. From my teenage years onwards, I've tended to be drawn to music that is experimental, ambitious, and epic. My ideal body of work is something from rock or dance (by which I mean techno, trance, DnB ...) with an overaching theme and coherence, a unique sound, songs running into one another and often extended beyond the typical 3 minute pop song. I want to hear an artist who isn't afraid to mess with the form and surprise you, and who knows how to use repetition - music repeating as long as it needs to, and no longer. And of course it must feel great.
My own attempts to reach this ideal (!) have been:
Sub Machine (2017 - present) are a live duo playing Electro-Rock, Prog-Rock, Art-Rock ... Sub Machine are Mark Day on vocals/ keys/ bass, and Danny Spink on drums. (Danny replaced Nick Mather in 2019.)
EP: 'Queen of Sunshine, King of Moon' (2021)
Album: 'a message from your future self' (2019)
- Order a limited edition CD of the album by emailing Sub Machine
- Buy on Apple Music
- Buy on Amazon Music
- Listen on Spotify
- Read an in depth review of the album from a local music magazine
The Feral 3
The Feral 3 were a short lived trio (2016-17), which morphed into the duo of Sub Machine. The Feral 3 were Mark Day on vocals, keys and guitar; Dan Johnston on drums; Nick Mather on bass. Some of the songs became Sub Machine songs. A couple that didn't are below:
Music for contemporary theatre
Between 2005 and 2013, I wrote music and designed sound for some really fun immersive theatre experiences, directed by my sister Katie Day for her theatre company The Other Way Works. The best, musically, I think is this dreamlike/ hallucinagenic audio tour of Lightwoods Park in Birmingham, created in 2013.
EP: Bone Rain (1993-96)
My Uni band was a Christian Folk/ Funk/ Prog outfit called Bone Rain. Despite having all that going against us, I still stand by the song writing.
Other snapshots ... an organic/ electro track from the late 90s, 'The Unrepeatable and Magnificent'
And more old stuff to follow, once I've dug back through my old tapes, and transformed them to digital sound