PRODUCER / MIXER / ENGINEER
'Mark ‘the Shark’ Plancke has amazing ears and brings objectivity to the process, much like a co-writer can open your ears to a different perspective. He’s exceptionally patient, kind and soulful. He knows how to bring the best out of a performer. I’m not a great details guy…. I try to define a big picture and a destination; Mark knows how to get me there. Did I mention he’s a fabulous engineer as well????' - Patrick Ballantyne (Big Sugar, The Trews)
"This place is the bomb!" - Stacy Heydon (Iggy Pop, David Bowie)
'Mark's one of the best, he get's great sounds and is a pleasure to work with.' - Kelly Hoppe (Big Sugar)
Mark Plancke is responsible for fuelling and guiding projects through the studio. His 25+ years of record making skills are put to use daily; recording, mixing and producing some of the best music from creative minds.
Always looking to push the boundaries while maintaining a fresh perspective and respect for the artist's vision. He likes to talk about audio and has the ability to make it leap out of your speakers.
Mark has worked with Kelly Hoppe (Big Sugar), Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper), Jim McCarty (Cactus, The Rockets), Elton John, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Headly, Big Wreck, Buena Vista Social Club, Carrie Underwood, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Marcus Belgrave, Michelle Wright, Stacy Heydon (Bowie, Iggy Pop) and many other award winning artists and producers through out his 25 years of creating sonic mayhem.
Let me put it this way: We tracked "Mr. Chill's Cold Testament" @ the Sharktank with Mark, Patrick Ballantyne producing. When I was mixing the album @ Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studios down in TX with Gordie Johnson, I asked Gordie how he would grade the Shark's engineering/tracking of our tunes. Keep in mind GJ didn't know Mark, had no bias one way or the other. Without hesitation, he said "A plus", and mentioned that he was especially skilled in the area of getting great drum-kit sounds. Gordie is a well-respected, veteran record engineer/producer. His credits include Gov't Mule, Joel Plaskett, Wide Mouth Mason, Taj Mahal, and the Black Crowes, just to name a select few. So, in my humble opinion that would rank as high praise for Mark. I would second Patrick Ballantyne's description of Mark's attributes. I'll just add that he is totally professional and courteous, though not a stodgy dude by any means, and makes his studio a "playing" environment, not a "working" environment, which I think is key in the creative studio process. And there's always a pot of green tea hapnin', a nice touch, I'd say. As an aside, "Sharktank" was what we dubbed his space (it was below groundlevel, and he was, well, um, the "Shark") when we were workin' on the CD, and was glad to see it became 'official' as the name of his studio a few months later. Least that's how I remember it!
Kelly "Mr. Chill" Hoppe
Mark started playing guitar in his bedroom at an early age. Jamming to Black Sabbath, Rush and Hendrix this was a familar sight in the Plancke household. He went on to play in a few bands jamming hits out to the dance floor beauties and bar room heroes.
His recording interests were peaked when he started to record band rehearsals on his 1-inch Otari 8 track. The gear collection grew along with his interest and thirst for audio knowledge until, when in late '90 he opened his first studio in the basement of his house. An all analog beast featuring the 8 track Otari and a big Hill console.
The projects got better and the sound grew along with his skills. He's recorded close to 350 projects in his 20+ year career. From punk to jazz, singer/songwriters, worked with a few rock stars and everyone and thing in between.
It's audio he loves and taking artists from the sound that they hear in their heads to a record that best represents their vision.
Oh, you'll pry his analog decks and collection of vintage guitar amplifiers from his cold dead hands.
"I've spent hours and hours in great studios around the UK trying to get the drum sound we get right away in that room. The place has a vibe and equipment list that puts some of the best tracking studios around to shame, a true hidden gem!" - Nick Kinnish