Those who control the magic, control destiny
Spectral Knight is a pseudonym of Mark Batchelor a.k.a. Batch, a British music producer based in Twickenham, South West London.
The Spectral Knight guise was created out of a love for all forms of electronic dance music and wanting to showcase the full spectrum without any boundaries.
Expect to hear an influence of sounds and rhythms from 80s and 90s nostalgia fusing synthesisers and beats with the modern evolution of House, Synthwave, Nu Disco and Bass driven production.
Batch has been following his passion music since his mid teens, when he embarked on his musical journey playing in a band at legendary London venues like The Half Moon in Putney and The Dublin Castle in Camden. His transgression into the world of dance music began while at Richmond College, when he was introduced to the dance music scene, and the London club circuit that it populated.
His time socialising and partying in the scene engendered a desire to change the musical perceptions of his fellow uni-goers, and to this end he started helping friend Gregg Ashley aka 'My Cat Snoop' promote a night at the uni bar showcasing everything from old skool to drum ‘n’ bass, garage, hip-hop and jungle, bringing the likes of Adam F to the uni. After spending his student loan on a pair of Technics, he was fully hooked, and was soon DJing at Roehampton student events alongside the likes of The Scratch Perverts, The Dream Team and Nicky Blackmarket.
After uni, he teamed up with some like-minded friends to help promote one of London’s most popular dance events which then lead on to the formation, along with some close childhood friends, of his own house, electro, techno label Grin Recordings, with studio forays seeing him produce tracks for the imprint like Between The Lines and the peak-time anthem R.I.D. which was signed to Media Records and appeared on the Big in Ibiza Compliation mixed by Space resident Jonathan Ulysses.
Tracks from Grin Recordings went on to receive airplay on MoS Radio, Kiss FM, and Radio 1 with relicensing on Erick Morillo's Subliminal imprint and Fatboy Slims Skint label. Batch has also played at many of the scenes most popular events such as Moondance, Frantic, Big In Ibiza, SW4 Afterparty, We Love at Space, Bedrock, Winter Music Festival, Ibizan Heat, Kanya, Southcity, Together and The Gallery at Ministry of Sound hosting the bar which is a rare honour indeed.
Ministry of Sound
The Half Moon
The Dublin Castle
Drums of Death
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs