South African DJ, producer, remixer and self confessed music lover Mark Stent’s passion for his craft is plainly evident from every energy-fuelled, funked up DJ set he delivers to his dancefloor. Hailing from the City of Gold, Mark’s love affair with house music began in his early teens and led to a still insatiable obsession with the art of mixing and blending beats. He earned his DJ stripes with an apprenticeship at Johannesburg rave institution Azzuri Lounge, before 1st place in a Black Fly’s Battle of the DJs paved the way to sets at Flyhouse, Nexus, DNA and legendary dance mega-fest H2O. Emerging behind the decks at infamous Boksburg nightclub Sutra in 2007, what began as a once a month ‘old school’ speed garage set quickly resulted in a full blown residency as punters warmed almost instantly to Mark’s music and magnetic energy. His distinct physical appearance due to a background in competitive bodybuilding made Mark easily recognizable and led to the affectionate and enduring title, “The World’s Strongest DJ”. His strength as a headliner and crowd favourite has led Mark to billing alongside industry greats including Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Avicci, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Blasterjaxx Yolande Be Cool, Stimming, Hector Couto, Chris lake, Pleasurekraft, Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Fatboy Slim, Chris Lake to name a few and made his international debut at the F1 Grand Prix Opening Parties, Cocoon Lounge Bahrain and having since played at international heavyweight clubs such as Kadoc in Portugal, Z Club in Bahrain, The Mass Club in London and The Escape Club in Wales as well as tours to Mozambique, Zambia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and Botswana. Mark is a regular event DJ in South African cities such as Cape Town, Durban, Knysna, Bloemfontein, Richards Bay, Nelpruit, Pretoria, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth. Mark is a staple name headlining South African festivals such as Ultra South Africa, H20, Aquafest and Colourfest, his crowning achievement in 2015 to be selected for the main stage for the Ultra South Africa Music festival. Mark is a regular guest on 5fm radio and has guest spots on radio stations such as RSG Radio, Chicago House FM (USA), Deep Sounds FM (London), Mutha FM, Vaal Radio, Radio Good Hope, World Dance Party as well as a string of internet radio stations. Forging fearlessly into the realm of production during his sojourn from dance Mark has since released tracks on such lauded imprints as Puenta Del Esta Records (his track was released on the Miami Winter Conference Compilation), Champion, Junky Trunk, Casual Kickback, Mizumo music, Big Poppa Records, Who Bear Records, Heads and Tails Music, More Music and 2008-launched, self-owned, pride and joy Flexual Records.
2013 saw the launch of Mark’s harder edged EDM alias ‘STENTFIRE’ that is already making waves across the world on labels such as Avantinova Records, Twerkout Music, Drop DB Records, Planet EDM and Spinstart music. Stentfire is known for its energy and creativity in taking different styles and merging them with EDM and electro. With a family that adores him and fans that aspire to be like him, Mark Stent mania shows no signs of abating. A starring role in the recently released, locally produced movie, The Race-ist and the inception of a signature ‘Mark Stent’ clothing brand stand testament to Mark’s immense cross-over appeal and his pending status as a “Proudly South African” brand. His influence is shown in the numerous brands he represents, with big players like Allen and Heath, BCNU Clothing, Traktor Pro, Cipla Nutrition, Vibram Five Fingers and Sweat 1000 putting their full weight behind him Mark shows no sign of ever slowing down! Popularity and experience leaves little doubt that Mark Stent is a world class DJ unmistakably privy to how privileged he is to be living his dream each and every day.