Mark St. John
Born on April 17th and therefore an Aries, in England’s ‘Garden of England,’ Kent. Mark’s singular claim to fame is that, whilst working in Aberdeen in 1990, he bought Karaoke to Scotland! He is now banned for life from the town…
Favourite things that he loves to enjoy are spending time with his family and friends, BBQs, dining al fresco, discovering new recipes, wines and gins. Working in the garden and growing vegetables is a new passion. Oh, and music.
A list of dislikes would include reality TV, illegally downloading music and unscrupulous music management making millions off of the back of new artists struggling to release their own music. Hmmm, I wonder who he’s thinking of?!
Having worked in Europe, South-East Asia and the Middle East, it is no surprise to learn that Mark loves travel and experiencing new cultures. Now living in France, a love of all things ‘Français’ even includes discovering new bands, such as the French progressive artists Frank Carducci and Lazuli.
Music: Where to begin?! Mark’s tastes could best be described as ‘eclectic’ although he admits that he loves most things tending towards the more Progressive and experimental end of the spectrum. Favourite artists include the obvious, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes and the less well known, Steven Wilson, Pendragon, IQ, It Bites and of course, Marillion!
From a young age, music was a huge part of Mark’s life and he spent many evenings listening to DJs Tommy Vance and his Friday Rock Show, Bob Harris, Kenny Everett, John Peel along with the DJs of Radio Caroline aboard the MV Ross Revenge. Little did Mark know that working in his ‘day job’ alongside the Voice of Peace stalwart, Chris Williams, which would result in Mark sitting in on Chris’ shows and learning the art of making magic himself! A brief discussion between Chris and the station owner (of which Mark had no part whatsoever) resulted in being offered an hour slot on a Tuesday night; Progressive Nights was born! Thrown totally in at the deep end, the learning curve near vertical, Mark has embraced the opportunity to be a radio presenter with enthusiasm and amongst his biggest regrets are not getting involved in the radio industry much earlier. Another regret would be never having had the chance to see ABBA and Talk Talk perform live.
The show soon outgrew the Tuesday evening and went on to be a two-hour show, broadcast live every Saturday night with a truly international listenership. The Voice of Peace shut down at the beginning of 2022 and Mark ‘sold out’ to a commercial pop station in the UK! Completely disillusioned with having to play some rather cheesy tunes, Mark was thrilled to join the team at Progzilla and to be able to bring the music of artists he loves to the station’s listeners and hopefully give something back to the performers that have given him so much over the years.
Listen in every Friday night at 8pm UK time or Sunday mornings at 2am UK time.