Frontman, bassist Mark King excited to head up own Level 42 label
By Mindy Rochwerg
October 16, 2014
Following the release of their Sirens EP in 2013, on October 27, Level 42 will release, on its own label, re-mastered and expanded editions of their original Polydor Records LPs – Staring at the Sun, True Colours and Standing in the Light.
According to the band’s website, Staring at the Sun and Standing in the Light feature a 2nd disc of B-sides and rare mixes and True Colours is in the form of a one-CD expanded edition.
As expressed by tcelectronic, bassist Mark King brought “the concept and sound of slap bass to the masses and provided tons of inspiration for the following generations of slap bass wizards. So it is safe to say that not only is Mark King an innovative musician in general – he is also a true slap bass extraordinaire.”
King recently talked to Gordon Barr of Chronicle Live about Level 42 owning its own label:
“Although I’ve only done the Level 42 stuff, that I’ve been cataloguing, it’s exciting to think that in the next year or so I might come across some young talent that needs a break and I can see what I can do. It would be nice.
“I’ve got two artists on the label, Level 42 and me, but I’m, not very happy with me,” he laughs.
“So I might have to drop me! That would be ironic. Schizophrenia to a whole new level – I don’t understand myself artistically or financially, get out of my office. Haha.”
Standing In The Light (2-CD Deluxe)
True Colours (Expanded)
Staring At The Sun (2-CD Deluxe)
Label: Level 42
Release date: October 27, 2014