Mark Johns Is Market-Tested, Skrillex-Approved
Get to know one of Skrillex's most unlikely yet ideal signees, singer and producer Mark Johns. In this Vogue piece, music writer Elias Leight steps into the world of Mark Johns to shed light on the soft productions that are anything but a hard sell.This article originally appeared on Vogue
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One might expect that a producer such as Skrillex, famed as he is for rowdy, uncontainable electronic tracks like “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” and “Right In,” might run a record label focused purely on similarly sternum-crushing electronic music. And to be fair, there is plenty of that to be found on OWSLA, which was founded in 2011 by Skrillex with Tim Smith, Kathryn Frazier, and Clayton Blaha. But listeners expecting battering-ram power on the label’s latest EP are in for a surprise: Molino is a soft, even-keeled project from the singer-songwriter Naomie Abergel, a 22-year-old who performs under the name Mark Johns.
In Molino, the dulcet-toned Johns tackles crumbling relationships, romantic and otherwise, and new-city loneliness in direct terms belied by her unruffled delivery and the tracks’ tranquil production. This combination has proved to be popular for young artists from a wide variety of backgrounds; Frank Ocean’s “Slide On Me” (from Endless), Post Malone’s “Go Flex,” Kiiara’s “Dopemang,” Abhi//Dijon’s “Often,” and Wet’s “You’re the Best,” among others...