In the Beauty of Your Sun
TELEPORTED to the inner city of Detroit, Niko Marks teamed up with 'Mad' Mike Banks of Submerge to formulate a production team called Members of the House. Moving through underground tunnels they dropped plates such as, 'Summer Nites' (originally titled 'Summer Daze, Summer Nites') written by Niko and featuring him on lead vocals and piano. The track 'Somethin' About You' was written by Members of the House and featured Yolanda Reynolds on vocals. Niko, continued to collaborate with Michael Banks of Submerge under the group name, Unit 2. This mission stemmed forth the high-spirited groove, 'Sunshine', released on Happy Records and 'Keep Your Head Up' written by Niko and featuring him on lead vocals and keyboards and was released on 430 West Records. [mission #MB003 complete]. Taking a leap forward in time, Niko was chosen by members of the Elohim to spearhead an experiment aimed at tearing down the stronghold of the categorization of music. The second component needed to complete this mission would be the skills of long time cohort, Eddie 'Flashin' Fowlkes. The outcome: 'Niko Marks and the City Boy Players featuring Mr. Eddie Fowlkes' which was a collage of artistic expression that housed an array of Detroit vocalist and musicians. Also amongst their collaborative works are: 'The Detroit Soul Project' and the 'Pre-Amp Brothers' [mission #MF-3000 complete]. Niko Marks is a skilled vocalist and musician with the ability to play a variety of synthesizers and keyboards as well as piano, drums, percussion's and harmonica. When performing live, he is usually accompanied by his band, 'Cosmology' (formerly known as Ujuzi). Their first release debuted on Pan Records entitled, 'Sonny Daye'. THEME: To continue to be an active force in resurrecting the soul of what is commonly known as techno/house music.