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MADOKA BIO

Veteran music producer and DJ Mark Venneri has been part of the music industry for over 25 years. Under the Madoka name, he manages Metamotional Music and Private Reality Records.

From a simple start as a teenager experimenting with cheap cassette decks, toy keyboards, and second-hand DJ 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 was instantly attracted to the underground electronic music scene after discovering an early warehouse rave in Philadelphia in 1991. Creatively, he has been reshaping his musical vision ever 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 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.

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 that found homes on various 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 / 2021

DISCOGRAPHY
(1997 TO NOW)

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unreleased music: *

Originals

2019

Madoka
Future Unwritten

Metamotional
WAV / MP3 / Stream
5/25/2019

1 – Future Written
2 – Future Unwritten

2017

Madoka
Speak For Yourself

Metamotional
WAV / MP3 / Stream
3/2/2017

1 – Around You
2 – Home Again
3 – Gradient
4 – Touch
5 – Dismantled
6 – Anvil
7 – Element 118 (Album Version)

2016

Madoka
Element 118

Metamotional
WAV / MP3
7/7/2016

1 – Element 118 (Single Version)

2015

Madoka
While the Lights Are Out

Metamotional
WAV / MP3 / Stream
11/12/2015

1 – While the Lights Are Out
2 -While the Lights Are Out (Dub)

Madoka
Beacon (DC Dubs)

Metamotional
WAV / MP3
9/4/2015

1 – Infinite (DC Dub)
2 -Beacon (DC Dub)

Madoka
Beacon EP

Metamotional
WAV / MP3
8/20/2015

1 – Infinite
2 – Beacon
3 – Galileo

2007

Madoka
A Cure for Loneliness

Metamotional
WAV / MP3 / Stream
8/31/2007

1 – A Short Walk Home
2 – This Story Is Old
3 – Our Heritage
4 – Sofia
5 – More Devices
6 – Strata
7 – Warhead
8 – Greenhouse

2005

Madoka
Thursday Night Hero

Noctambula
Vinyl
12/5/2005

A – Thursday Night Hero
B – Clubbervision vs Etera Mix

Madoka
Drift EP

Metamotional
WAV / MP3 / Stream
8/11/2005

1 – Drift
2 – Roel H Mix
3 – VoxStabs Dub
4 – NoVox Dub

Madoka
Embedded

Private Reality
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
4/18/2005

A – Embedded
B – M.A.S. Collective Mix

Madoka
Altered

Shinemusic
Vinyl
1/26/2005

A – Altered
B – Shiloh Afrothunder Mix

2004

Madoka
Afterburner
Private Reality
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
10/18/2004

A – Afterburner
B – Max Graham Mix

Madoka
MTTM EP

Metamotional
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
10/12/2004

1 – MTTM
2 – Arena

Madoka
Metamotional

Deep Focus
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
10/11/2004

A – Metamotional
B – Inhale

Madoka
Plataforma

Release Elements
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
6/28/2004

A – Plataforma
B – Elite Force Mix

Madoka
Distant Memories

Private Reality
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
5/5/2004

A – Distant Memories
B – Matthew Dekay Mix

2002

Madoka
If We Begin

Deep Records
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
8/17/2002

A – If We Begin
B – Anything Forever Mix

Madoka
Mass EP

Private Reality
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
7/13/2002

A – Mass
B – Broadband

Madoka
Cabaret

Deep Records
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
6/15/2002

A – Cabaret
B – Procedures

Madoka
Coppola EP

Private Reality
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
6/1/2002

A – Coppola
B – Temperamental

Madoka
Dive

Plastic Fantastic
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
5/13/2002

A – Dive
B – Moshic & Zidan Mix

2001

Madoka
My City EP

Private Reality
Unreleased CDR Demo
5/1/2001

1 – Dive
2 – Lost Again
3 – Gearing Up
4 – Hardlining
5 – Deep Division
* – Another One Of Those Days

Remixes

2008

DPen
Don’t Close Your Eyes
Paria
WAV / MP3
12/8/2008

1 – Sleep Deeply Sequence
2 – Rapid Eye Movement Breaks Edit
* – Sleep Apnea Dub
* – Siesta Mix

2005

Clubbervision
Paz
Private Reality
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
6/27/2005

1 – Madoka’s Pasión Sutil Mix

Brahma & Sean Gruv
We Awoke
Sentient Audio
WAV / MP3
5/5/2005

1 – Undercurrent Mix
* – Surface Dub

Brahma & Drew Nichols
Submerged
Babylon
Vinyl
4/18/2005

1 – Saturation Generation Mix
2 – Saturation Generation Breaks Edit
* – Alternate Generation Mix
* – Lost Generation Mix A
* – Lost Generation Mix B

Blue Room Project
5B
Hunya Munya
Vinyl
4/30/2005

1 – Madoka’s Metasound Mix
* – Madoka’s Metadub
* – Madoka’s Metarub
* – Madoka’s Metasub

Bart van Wissen
Electric
Private Reality
WAV / MP3 / Stream
2/27/2005

1 – Madoka Mix

2004

Matthew Dekay
If I Could Fly
Nascent
Vinyl / WAV / MP3
9/27/2004

1 – Madoka’s First Class, Free Drinks Rub

Powerplant
Turn It Into Gold
Deep Records
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
6/19/2004

1 – Faded Memories Mix
2 – Faded Memories Dub
* – Remaining Memories Clean Vocal Mix
* – Remaining Memories Clean Dub

Pole Folder
Protected
Mo-Do Recordings
Vinyl / WAV / MP3
6/14/2004

1 – Madoka’s Vira 2 Mix
* – Madoka’s Viradub
* – Madoka’s Virapella
* – Madoka’s Virambient Chill
* – Madoka’s Viratmospheric Mix

Bart van Wissen
Unforeseen
Private Reality
Vinyl / WAV / MP3 / Stream
6/7/2004

1 – Madoka’s Blindsided Mix

2003

Matthew Dekay
If I Could Fly
Deep Records
Vinyl / WAV / MP3
8/23/2003

1 – Madoka’s Flying Standby Mix

Automagic
I’ll Be Here
Definity
Vinyl
2/22/2003

1 – Akodama AutoRoute Vocal Mix
* – Akodama Disconnected Dub
* – Akodama AutoRhythm Beats

2002

The Realm
Lost in Space
3 Beat Music
Vinyl / WAV / MP3
12/9/2002

1 – Private Mix
2 – Private Dub

Overdijk & Londi
Not Done
Extrema
Vinyl
8/13/2002

1 – Madoka’s Finished Mix

Projects

2019

Flume Feat. Vera Blue
Rushing Back
Metapop Competition Entry
WAV / MP3

* – Madoka’s Gravity Mix
* – Madoka’s Gravity Dub

2012

M83, Junior Boys & Nosaj Thing
Beat The Clock Entry
Ableton Competition Entry
WAV / MP3

* – Madoka Mix

2010

Swiftly Related
Teardrops On My Guitar
No Label
WAV / MP3

* – He’s So In Love Retake
* – No Pouts Mix

Martinez FX
Dos Espadas
No Label
WAV / MP3

* – Full Spektrum Mix
* – Full Spektrum Edit

DBIB
Bond
No Label

* – Unreleased Original Mix

2006

Leroy Carroll
My Thinking Machine
Metamotional
WAV / MP3 / Stream
11/30/2006

1 – My Thinking Machine
2 – Entering The Boro Of Alpha
3 – Uncommon Distractions

Leroy Carroll
Lost Again EP
Metamotional
WAV / MP3 / Stream
3/23/2006

1 – Lost Again
2 – Original Issue
3 – The Specialist
4 – Into Laughter
5 – Tucker Box

2004

Clerk 33
Elektrix EP
Metamotional
WAV / MP3 / Stream
11/2/2004

1 – Elektrix
2 – Narkitex
3 – Hydraulix

HHT
Overcast
No Label
WAV / MP3

* – Unreleased Original Mix

Leroy Carroll
The Specialist EP
Mixturi Global
WAV / MP3
6/21/2004

1 – The Specialist
2 – Into Laughter
3 – Tucker Box

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

A – Good To Me
B – Dub To Me

2002

Akodama
Slightly Forward
SAW Recordings
Vinyl / WAV / MP3
4/22/2002

A – Akodama Interior Original Mix

1999

Grooveshop
Confessions of a DJ EP
Private Reality
Vinyl / WAV / MP3
2/1/1999

1 – Confessions Of A DJ
2 – Elliptic Crossings (Even2 Mix)
3 – Confessions Of A DJ (UL Mix)
4 – The Storyteller, Part I

1997

DJ Relate
The Product
Private Reality
CDR
5/1/1997

1 – Free Yourself
2 – The Process
3 – Tangled
4 – Rise
5 – Sweat Pump
6 – Another Way
7 – Conduit
8 – Mir