New York-based Mark Venneri has had a distinct vision of the future since he was first introduced to the underground at a warehouse party in Philadelphia in early 1991. It was just a matter of time before he strengthened his love for the powerful music he heard every weekend and decided to try his hand as a DJ, and eventually, as a producer. Whether he was commanding a club’s booth, molding intense soundscapes during a live PA or broadcasting his college-radio show entitled Grooveshop, Mark has always been a true innovator. While he remained relatively quiet in these roles for almost a decade in the United States, he felt it was finally time to take his unique sound to the international masses in 2000. With his newly formed artist moniker Madoka, he began his journey and hoped to achieve such a goal.
Mark spent nearly a year refining the quality of his music and crafting the direction of his original sound. He materialized his ideas by the spring of 2001, and the creative restructuring resulted in his initial body of work entitled MyCity EP. With a solid production effort now under his belt, he introduced his own uniquely deep, moody and throbbing style–molding house and trance into a new, twisted formula.
As a result of shopping around MyCity to top labels and DJs, he started to receive valuable feedback, including a call from Plastic Fantastic Records in the UK. They seized the opportunity and signed Madoka's first track entitled "Dive". The tune would eventually be paired with a Mo Shic and Zidan remix, and Mark used the accomplishment as creative fuel.
His next batch of songs was quickly picked up as well. "Cabaret" was licensed to Vapourized Volume 3 and was signed to Dutch label Deep Records along with the single "If We Begin". "Slightly Forward" followed, and was handed over to SAW Recordings under the exclusive Akodama name. The single was released to critical acclaim in spring 2002, and the Trendroid remix was licensed to Kinetic for their sixth installment of the Transport series.
During this time, Mark was also thrilled to accept what he considered to be the opportunity of a lifetime for his own Private Reality imprint. In early 2002, he announced an agreement with Andy Jarrod, Director of 3 Beat Label Management, encompassing the manufacturing, distribution and promotional details of future releases and becoming part of the group’s impressive stable of leading labels. Although Mark officially announced the creation of Private Reality back in 1998, and already managed to independently distribute 500 units of his debut EP entitled "Confessions of a DJ," he was excited to write a new chapter in his label’s ongoing saga.
After the success of his first two Private Reality records "Coppola," with its flip-side "Temperamental" licensed to Slinky Planet: Tokyo, and critically-acclaimed "Mass," Mark is building his label’s profile even more with a few fresh gems. His own “Distant Memories” will see the light of day soon and has been reworked by Matthew Dekay while young Dutch producer Bart van Wissen, the label’s first outside addition to the artist roster, will unleash his monster called “Unforeseen”.
Madoka is once again hitting the charts with new originals signed to outlets such as Shine Music, while his upcoming “Plataforma,” on Release Elements, was licensed to Kazell’s Driven CD. His "Altered" and "Afterburner" tracks also appear on Max Graham’s recent Shine compilation.
Building on the excitement of reworking Automagic’s “I’ll Be Here” for Definity Records and Matthew Dekay’s monster “If I Could Fly” in 2003, he will continue to establish remixing credibility with his forthcoming interpretations of Bart van Wissen’s “Unforeseen” and Pole Folder’s “Protected”. He is also introducing his break-beat talent this year with mixes of Blue Room Project’s “5B” and Powerplant’s "Turn It Into Gold".
Madoka continues to maintain solid support in 2004 from a diverse group of upfront veterans across the globe such as: Max Graham, Hernan Catteneo, Sasha, John Digweed, Sander Kleinenberg, Mo Shic, Matthew Dekay, Steven Caicedo, Greg Benz, Brad Copeland, Kazell, Sandra Collins, Steve Gerrard, Spesh and Jonathan Lisle.
Additionally, Mark has received proper media attention as both Madoka and Akodama with past reviews appearing in all the biggest scene magazines and with interviews conducted on several portal websites. He is also experimenting with new musical flavors, hoping to introduce original material produced under new pseudonyms such as Leroy Carroll, Clerk 33 and HHT.