madoka-2020

Veteran music producer and DJ Mark Venneri has been part of the music industry for over 20 years. Under the Madoka name, he manages Metamotional Music and Private Reality Records.

From a simple start as a teen experimenting with cheap cassette decks, toy keyboards, and second-hand mixers to the complex, lush and layered music of his self-described Saturated Sound today, Mark has always been considered an innovator by critics and fans alike. He discovered the underground electronic music scene after discovering an early warehouse rave in Philadelphia in 1991. Creatively, he has been reshaping his musical vision since that inspiring moment.

Mark first established himself as a bedroom DJ under the name DJ Relate. During the mid-1990s, he played house parties and club nights in Philadelphia and in the Midwest. He also helped organize and promote a variety of large-scale events as part of a collective of local DJs. From 1996 to 1998, he hosted Grooveshop, his college radio show on KCOU 88.1 FM, and began to build a dedicated fan base.

In 1998, he introduced his unique sound to the world with his first 12-inch vinyl record. He marketed the release on his own Private Reality Records, promoting it at the Miami Winter Music Conference that same year along with the help of a good friend.

In 2000, Mark moved to New York City to lay the foundation for the next phase of his musical journey and introduced his newly forged artist name Madoka. During that period, he spent the entire year developing the direction of his music, focusing intensely on the craft of his production quality.

He materialized some solid ideas by spring 2001, and the creative restructuring resulted in Madoka’s My City demo. While shopping around My City to select record labels and powerhouse DJs, he received valuable feedback from many industry leaders, including a call from Plastic Fantastic Records in the UK. They seized the moment and signed “Dive.” The tune would ultimately be paired with a Mo Shic & Zidan remix for international release and would later be heavily supported by Sasha and Digweed on their Delta Heavy tour.

Mark used the accomplishment as creative fuel. With a solid effort now under his belt and mass appeal building, his production style continued to evolve.

“Here is a man who most certainly has his finger on the pulse of what is cool at the moment.”

— Simon Jones / Progressive-Sounds

In early 2002, Mark was thrilled to accept the opportunity of a lifetime for his own imprint, announcing a multi-year vinyl production and distribution deal with 3 Beat Label Management UK (3BLM). The arrangement included work on all future releases, incorporating Private Reality into 3BLM’s impressive stable of leading labels.

Over the next five years, he delivered a steady stream of Madoka singles and remixes which found homes on a variety of record labels, including Deep, Deep Focus, SAW, Definity, Shinemusic, Babylon, and Mo-Do. His music was featured on several DJ compilations such as Max Graham’s Shine, Trendroid’s Transport 6, Andy Jarrod’s Vapourized Volume 3, Steve Gerrard’s Thinking Out Loud and Kazell’s Driven.

His success continued as his now-classic single “Metamotional” found its way onto one of 2006’s most critically-acclaimed compilations: Ben Watts’ Buzzin’ Fly, Volume 3. The song maintained a year of heavy rotation with Watt which began with his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix from February 2005.

In October 2004, Mark turned his attention from his vinyl endeavor with Private Reality to the rising digital domain. He launched his new record label Metamotional Music, paying homage to one of his own favorite songs.

2005 reignited his passion for performing and marked his return to the DJ arena. He played global events in destinations such as Tokyo, Amsterdam, Turkey, Bulgaria, Vienna, New York, and Jacksonville Beach. In 2007, he released his first full-length Madoka album entitled A Cure for Loneliness on Metamotional Music. The collection featured a fresh set of eight original songs, setting a new creative standard for the label.

Mark resurrected both record labels in 2015 and redesigned the Metamotional website, integrating an online music store called MetaShop to release his own music. A refined Madoka sound emerged and he marked his return that same year with his Beacon EP. The new release kickstarted the next chapter in his ever-evolving musical story.

More recently, he unleashed his album Speak For Yourself. The record is his first full-length set since 2007’s A Cure For Loneliness. Speak is a fresh, focused, steady, and slow-building collection of new material from Madoka, firmly setting the stage for the future of his Saturated Sound. The album was followed by new singles “Future Unwritten” and “Future Written.”

revised – may/2020

Discography
(1997 to Present)

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* / unreleased music

Original.

2019

Future Unwritten EP
Metamotional
5/25/2019

2017

Speak For Yourself
Metamotional
3/2/2017

2016

Element 118
Metamotional
7/7/2016

2015

While the Lights Are Out
Metamotional
11/12/2015

Beacon (DC Dubs)
Metamotional
9/4/2015

Beacon EP
Metamotional
8/20/2015

2007

A Cure for Loneliness
Metamotional
8/31/2007

2005

Thursday Night Hero
Noctambula
12/5/2005

Drift EP
Metamotional
8/11/2005

Embedded
Private Reality
4/18/2005

Altered
Shinemusic
1/26/2005

2004

Afterburner
Private Reality
10/18/2004

MTTM EP
Metamotional
10/12/2004

Metamotional EP
Deep Focus
10/11/2004

Plataforma
Release Elements
6/28/2004

Distant Memories
Private Reality
5/5/2004

2002

If We Begin
Deep Records
8/17/2002

Mass EP
Private Reality
7/13/2002

Cabaret EP
Deep Records
6/15/2002

Coppola EP
Private Reality
6/1/2002

Dive
Plastic Fantastic
5/13/2002

2001

My City EP
Private Reality Records
5/1/2001

Remix.

2008

DPen
Don’t Close Your Eyes
Paria
Sleep Deeply Sequence
Rapid Eye Movement Breaks Edit
Sleep Apnea Dub *
Siesta Mix *

12/8/2008

2005

Clubbervision
Paz
Private Reality
Pasión Sutil Mix
6/27/2005

Brahma & Sean Gruv
We Awoke
Sentient Audio
Undercurrent Mix
Surface Dub *
5/5/2005

Brahma & Drew Nichols
Submerged
Babylon
Saturation Generation Mix
Saturation Generation Breaks Edit
Alternate Generation Mix *
Lost Generation Mix A *
Lost Generation Mix B *

4/18/2005

Blue Room Project
5B
Hunya Munya
Metasound Mix
Metadub *
Metarub *
Metasub *

4/30/2005

Bart van Wissen
Electric
Private Reality
Madoka Mix
2/27/2005

2004

Matthew Dekay
If I Could Fly
Nascent
First Class, Free Drinks Rub
9/27/2004

Powerplant
Turn It Into Gold
Deep Records
Faded Memories Mix
Faded Memories Dub
Remaining Memories Clean Vocal Mix *
Remaining Memories Clean Dub *

6/19/2004

Pole Folder
Protected
Mo-Do Recordings
Vira 2 Mix
Viradub *
Virapella *
Virambient Chill *
Viratmospheric Mix *

6/14/2004

Bart van Wissen
Unforeseen
Private Reality
Blindsided Mix
6/7/2004

2003

Matthew Dekay
If I Could Fly
Deep Records
Flying Standby Mix
8/23/2003

Automagic
I’ll Be Here
Definity
AutoRoute Vocal Mix
Disconnected Dub *
AutoRhythm Beats *

2/22/2003

2002

The Realm
Lost in Space
3 Beat Music
Private Mix
Private Dub
12/9/2002

Overdijk & Londi
Not Done
Extrema
Madoka’s Finished Mix
8/13/2002

Projects / Unreleased.

2019

Flume feat. Vera Blue
Rushing Back
No Label
Madoka’s Gravity Mix *
Madoka’s Gravity Dub *

Metapop Competition Entry
2019

2012

M83, Junior Boys & Nosaj Thing
Beat The Clock
No Label
Madoka Mix *
Ableton Competition Entry
2012

2010

Swiftly Related
Teardrops On My Guitar
No Label
He’s So In Love Retake *
No Pouts Mix *

2010

Martinez FX
Dos Espadas
No Label
Full Spektrum Mix *
Full Spektrum Edit *

2010

DBIB
Bond
No Label
Unreleased *
2010

2006

Leroy Carroll
My Thinking Machine
Metamotional
11/30/2006

Leroy Carroll
Lost Again EP
Metamotional
3/23/2006

2004

Clerk 33
Elektrix EP
Metamotional
11/2/2004

HHT
Overcast
No Label
Unreleased *

2004

Leroy Carroll
The Specialist EP
Mixturi
2004

Relate
Good To Me
White Label
Good To Me
Dub To Me
3/8/2004

2002

Akodama
Slightly Forward
SAW Recordings
4/22/2002

1999

Grooveshop
Confessions of a DJ EP
Private Reality
2/1/1999

1997

DJ Relate
The Product
Private Reality
5/1/1997