Back in 1991 Mark Caro aka ‘Technical Itch’ was based in Birmingham, DJing at local parties and starting out on the production trail with a very limited set up. As the years passed Mark’s unit became more professional and he released tracks as ENTT through the Ibiza label. Mark had by now hooked up with Darren Beale (Decoder), who helped him out on the first Plasmic Life EP that appeared on Bizzy B’s ‘Brain’ imprint. Further releases ensued but Mark had the desire to set up his own label, and so launched ‘Tech(nical) Itch Recordings’. The label had some success, but it wasn’t until Kenny Ken played some of the their tracks on Kiss FM that the rewards of all the hard work began to pay off. On the back of this exposure the Technical Itch name was signed to ‘Moving Shadow’ and as they say the rest is history.
Head hunted by label mate Omni Trio, who brought them to the attention of the Moving Shadow crew, they credit some of their success to the indispensable Akai s3000 sampler. Mark relocated to Bristol from Birmingham where his technical skills perfectly complement Darren Decoder’s musicianship as a guitarist. The pair were both involved with the underground warehouse scene.
The first success of Tech Itch studios was released by Ibiza Records, and Darren had a hit as Orca with ‘4AM’. Their list of aliases is prohibitively long, but, having found their niche in the dark heart of experimental Drum & Bass, Technical Itch is the name to remember. Proving once again the power of the Bristol bass massive, Mark Caro has championed the hard beats.
Mark’s tastes have always erred towards the hard and heavy end of the spectrum – developing a predominately dark, dense atmosphere in his creations. His beats and bass are heavyweight and pure dynamite on the ‘floor, but beware, over-exposure has been proved to be dangerous – this wolf bites!