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Redlight King Biography

Last updated: 06/29/2012 11:00:00 AM

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Born in Hamilton, Ontario CANADA, Mark Kasperczyk, or Kaz for short, who performs under the moniker Redlight King, started writing early on, recording his first track at age sixteen. But in his teens, music took a back seat to judo. He was good enough for a shot at Canada's Olympic training center to prepare for the 2000 Games. But he didn't make the team.

Kaz returned to music, landing a deal and releasing an album in his native country. Subsequently he headed to California in a rebuilt '49 Mercury pick-up and converted his two-year nightmare into the song cycle that became "Something For The Pain", slated for summer 2011 on Hollywood Records. For the first single, "Old Man", he not only wanted to create a song that had “the Neil Young flavor” but he also wanted his new tune to include a snippet of Young's timeless classic in the chorus. “Everyone thought I was crazy”, Kaz recalls of the reaction to seeing if Young would allow "Old Man" to be sampled. “Young's lawyers, his manager, his record label, his publisher.. they all said no”, Kaz admits. “But after the legendary Folk-Rock singer + songwriter listened to it once, he said yes”. With its amalgamation of old-time charm and new-age thump, this single is a song that aims to bridge the gap between Classic-Rock purity and present-day Alternative-Rock scene.

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