The Mad Stuntman is a high voltage musical lightning rod from Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago who has created a unique and powerful style of music that has dominated domestic and international charts and record sales, and that has found favor with music lovers across the globe. As far as music industry success stories go, the journey of The Mad Stuntman has been nothing less than a spectacular fairy tale handcrafted by a dream merchant. One minute The Mad Stuntman was exploring his musical curiosity by spitting out reggae rhymes at his Brooklyn base at Lenox Road and Flatbush Avenue, utilizing anything that he could bang to create a beat- buckets, furniture, cars, pots and pans. His sole objective was to create a powerful rhythm and a seductive groove. And the next minute, The Mad Stuntman was an overnight sensation, selling nearly four million records and touring faraway exotic destinations that most people only dream about, performing in St. Petersburg in Russia, Finland, South Africa, Denmark, Japan, Australia, and every imaginable stop in the Caribbean and North America, just to name a few.
The Mad Stuntman’s smashing success and chart domination was largely due to his 1994 blockbuster single, ‘I Like To Move It’ on the Strictly Rhythm/EMI label under the brand name of Reel 2 Real. He was the vocal part of a duo with legendary dance music producer Erick Morillo. The smash hit first jumped off in the United Kingdom and then it clawed its way up the US Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Dance Club Play charts. It became a #1 record in Belgium, Canada, France and The Netherlands, and was certified gold in France, Germany and The Netherlands.
The album ‘I Like To Move It’ and a hurriedly shot video clip to satiate the demand for the song instantly propelled The Mad Stuntman to main stages under neon lights in every corner of the globe. “Erick and I were in Chicago doing a promotional gig when we got a call saying the record was blowing up in the UK and that we had to jump on a flight as soon as possible to go do a 22 city tour across the UK and Europe”, The Mad Stuntman confessed. In less than a month the record had sold 1.5 million units, and the buzz was on. Some described the song as a House jam, others called it Reggae Fusion and music lovers on the other side of the Atlantic referred to it as Eurodance. Whatever it was called, the song was incendiary. The Mad Stuntman had found his groove and his monster hit was burning up radio stations and dance floors everywhere, from Brooklyn to Brussels.
The Mad Stuntman had been previously signed on the spot by Strictly Rhythm Records when the label first heard him at a basement studio in New Jersey in 1993, and in only a few months later, the label could not believe its luck. Several other releases and a very productive four year run with the label followed, but the astonishing success that The Mad Stuntman continues to enjoy has not been limited to record sales nor live performances. This very unique and eclectic style that Mark Quashie, a/k/a Mad Stuntman created by fusing together the essential elements of his roots- reggae, soca, dance music and R & B- started to attract the attention of executives in marketing, advertising and film. The Mad Stuntman named the hybrid style simply ‘Stuntman Style’ and exciting new chapters were opening up for him in the latest unique realms of film and advertising.
‘I Like To Move It’ was used in the eternally popular film ‘Madagascar’ by DreamWorks, featuring prominently as the theme song not just on the initial release but the song was included in both sequels as well. In the first film the song was performed by British sensation Sacha Baron Cohen and a 2008 sequel features hip hop star will.i.am performing on the track. It was also included in the motion picture ‘Saving Silverman’, and as the theme for the video game ‘Miami Nights: Singles In The City’. On the international front the song was used in ads for the National Basketball League in Australia, and for Chewits and Durex Condoms in the United Kingdom. On the domestic scene within the United States, the celebrated club classic was used in ads to push sales for McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts and Jeep.