Mark Pistel has had a career in music spanning nearly 3 decades.
Producer, engineer, mixer, re-mixer, recording artist, performer and live show designer, Mark has acquired a diverse and unique skill set with his vast and varied experiences over the years.
Starting out as a teen in mid-west cover bands in the late 70's, Mark made the move to the San Francisco bay area in in 1980 plugging into the bay area's punk and post punk club scene landing eventually in the popular bay area dark disco band Until December by 1986.
Highlights of U.D. included national alternative radio success with the band's self titled single and a later guest vocal appearanceby San Francisco disco legend Sylvester.
From the ashes of Until December came Consolidated in 1988 and Mark's first foray into the studio as the band's recording engineer and mixer.
Consolidated's politically charged, industrial/ hiphop sound gave them notable success with the 90's breakbeat scene and 5 increasinglysuccessfulindie albums on the Canadian imprint Nettwerk eventually landing them a major deal with London/Polygram.
Mark, at this time, was honing his skills both in the studio and on stage and became a first call re-mixer in the 90's club scene also producing and co-writing Michael Franti's early 90's project "Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy".
Upon the split of Consolidated in 1997, Mark joined his long time collaborator Jack Dangers in Meat Beat Manifesto, contributing to several of the band's albums (Subliminal Sandwich, Actual Sounds And Voices, RUOK?, At The Center ) and became a mainstay in MBM's touring lineup.
During this period Mark also started his own studio (Room 5) and began producing, recording and mixing many local, national and international acts.(Michael Franti, Grace Jones,Chuck Prophet,
Rykarda Parasol,Therapy?, Machines of Loving Grace,The Beloved, Los Mocosos, Titan, Grotus, Plastilina Mosh, and many more ).
In 2008 after a chance meeting Andrew Butler, Mark was asked to join DFA's neo- disco/house music sensation Hercules and Love Affair, which culminated in Mark co-producing much of the band's 2nd LP "Blue Songs", designing the band's live electronic show and performing with the band on worldwide tours from 2009 to 2015. Since Then Mark has continued recording,mixing and mastering many Bay Area local and international artists.
In 2019 and forward Mark will be continuing to expand his roster and is slated for production on several electronic albums and other music projects.