M31RK (pronounced “Merk”) has had a long-standing career as a hip hop producer, first making a name for himself in 2007 with his involvement in beat showcases in Philly. Known for his gritty tracks, influenced by heavy hitters like DJ Premier, Pharrell, Just Blaze and J Dilla, most have heard his work on songs for artists like Skyzoo, Torae, Loaded Lux, and Dyme-A-Duzin.
As production partner and operations manager for critically acclaimed music producer !llmind, M31RK has had an opportunity to work and interact with a bevy of artists, ranging from hip hop to K-Pop, which has influenced a notable change in his well-known style.
With the release of his 9 Track Project “Sonatine”, he trades soul samples for cutting synths, without deserting the hard drums and snapping snares of his previous work. The cross-genre project pushes the envelope forming a sound replicating the marriage of hip hop, electro, drum & bass and house. The EP's first single release, Not Feeling Well, is layered with strings, synths and powerful drums, providing listeners a futuristic and experimental vibe with a not-hard-to-miss hip hop bounce.
M31RK has made a notable change from his previous work, choosing to experiment with new genre of music that is increasing in popularity daily. “I needed people to know that I’m more than just a traditional hip hop producer. I love the idea of experimenting with new sounds to further expand my style. Rappers and singers have been known to change styles pretty frequently, why can’t producers? Just like artists, producers have new influences and experiment with new sounds which breeds innovation.”