Mark Archer

DJ - Producer - Acid House Veteran

Producing music and releasing records since 1988, Mark Archer is a true acid house hero. The driving force behind early rave pioneers Altern 8 and techno legends Nexus 21, he co-founded Dansa Records in 1993 and has produced under a dazzling array of pseudonyms including Trackman, DJ Nex, Xen Mantra, and many more.

The full story can be found in his book, 'The Man Behind The Mask', co-written with Andrew Woods and featuring contributions from Moby, 808 State, LFO, Bizarre Inc, Utah Saints, Mark Goodier and more. Buy the book.


Sat 03-02-2018The Dance Factory Presents Mark Archer (Altern8) (UK) 
Fri 16-02-2018Space Cassette Manchester - Altern 8 live (UK) 
Sat 17-02-2019RIOT Radio Records - BIG BASH #1. Edinburgh 
Fri 23-02-2018Mark Archer (Altern 8) Man behind The Mask Tour. Leicester
Sat 24-02-2018The Northern Retro Volume 2. Leeds 
Sat 03-03-2018Remixed - Mark Archer from Altern 8, Bizarre Inc, Nexus 21. Bournemouth. 
Fri 09-03-2018Mega Mini Dog 2 Brewmaster Alnghter. Nottingham.
Thu 15-03-2018Bangface weekender, Southport. 
Sat 24-03-20181994 Take Me To The Top, The Classic Grand, Glasgow.
Fri 30-03-2018Altern8 // Graeme Park // Mark Archer + Residents, The Studio, Widnes.
Fri 30-03-201890's Warehouse Rave with Altern-8 / Steve Luigi / Mark Wilson. Sheffield. 
Fri 07-04-2018Iridescence - Full on Beach Hysteria / Mark Archer - Altern8. Brighton. 
Fri 13-04-18Mike Dred & Mark Archer + Gus Van Sound. Moog Club.Barcelona.
Sat 21-04-18Mark Archer aka Altern 8 - all Night Long. Five Miles.London.
Sat 28-04-18BFLFxCamp Bestival High Wycombe family rave DJ Mark Archer.High Wycombe.
Sat 28-04-18Back To The Oldskool with Shades of Rhythm / Altern8 / Mark XTC.Exeter.
Sun 29-04-18BFLF x Camp Bestival Plymouth family rave w/ Mark Archer (Altern 8)Plymouth
Sat 19-05-18Mark Archer (Altern8) Man Behind The Mask tourInverness
Wed 23-05-18Strictly Old Skool Ibiza 2018 Ibiza
Fri 25-05-18Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering 2018Catton Hall & Park, Walton-On-Trent.
Sat 26-05-18Shindig Weekender 2018Somerset
Sat 02-06-18Altern-8 (Live) - Mark Archer 30 Year TourGateshead.
Thu 07-06-18Gottwood Festival 2018.Holyhead.
Sat 09-06-18Altern 8 (Live PA) & DJ Mark Archer.O2 ABC, Glasgow.

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Selected Discography

The Smiley People
"It Makes Me Haaappy" (1988)

Nexus 21
"(Still) Life Keeps Moving" (1989)

C&M Connection

Altern 8
"Activ8 (Come With Me)" (1991)

Slo Moshun
"Bells Of N.Y."

Xen Mantra
"Primecuts Vol.1"

Ed Chunk Rodriguez
"More Love EP"


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Selected Discography

The Smiley People

"It Makes Me Haaappy" Blue Chip Records (1988)

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Nexus 21

"(Still) Life Keeps Moving" Network Records (1989)

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C&M Connection

"Bio-Rhythms" KMS Records (1990)

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