Real Name:
Mark Van Hoen
LOCUST is MARK VAN HOEN, a born and bred Londoner who has been working in television and radio since leaving school at 16 and whose musical output since last year has offered the world of Ambient electronic music something with a greater depth and a sense of progression.

In 1982, influenced by Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and other early electronic artists, he gave his first live performance using synthesizer and tape.

Over the years Mark's musical intake has changed: the German electronic pioneers have fallen out of favour to be replaced by jazz and Indian classical music. "I will always love the work of Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell and David Sylvian" , said Mark in 1995, "but right now the most important music to me is that of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Karl-Heinz Stockhausen". Conversely, he has also developed an ear for pop and more "conventional" vocal-led music.

But the essence of Locust is music that Mark, and only Mark, has performed and recorded. His initial series of releases on Apollo covered the years 1983-1987 and 1991-1994; the compositions on all these records were generated almost entirely using analogue synthesizers. With the follow-on album, Truth Is Born Of Arguments however, things changed quite substantially. Partly instigated by the explosion of the Jungle movement, but mostly by developing new techniques, this album was based on sampling and digital sound manipulation.
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Locust Discography


AMB 3929 Locust Weathered Well (Album) Apollo AMB 3929 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
AMB 5940CD, AMB5940CD, RTD 119.3037.2 Locust Truth Is Born Of Arguments (Album) Apollo, Apollo AMB 5940CD, AMB5940CD, RTD 119.3037.2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
AMB 7942 CD Locust Morning Light (Album) Apollo AMB 7942 CD Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
TO:51 Locust Wrong(2xCD, Album) Touch TO:51 UK 2001 Sell This Version
eMEGO 162 Locust You'll Be Safe Forever (Album) Editions Mego eMEGO 162 Austria 2013 Sell This Version
eMego205V Locust After The Rain (Album) Editions Mego eMego205V Austria 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RS 93031 Locust Skysplit R & S Records RS 93031 Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
LTD PROMO 500 Locust Needle(12", Promo) Apollo LTD PROMO 500 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
LTD PROMO 800 Locust Penetration(12", Promo) Apollo LTD PROMO 800 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
APOLLO 26 Locust No-One In The World (Maxi, Single) Apollo APOLLO 26 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
APOLLO 30 Locust Your Selfish Ways (Maxi) Apollo APOLLO 30 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
APOLLO 33 Locust The Girl With The Fairytale Dream (Maxi) Apollo APOLLO 33 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
none Boom Boom Satellites, Locust Boom Boom Satellites, Locust - Cassette Exclusive To Barfly Readers(Cass, Single) R & S Records none UK 1997 Sell This Version
APOLLO 38 CD PROMO Locust All Your Own Way (Maxi) Apollo APOLLO 38 CD PROMO Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
588 624 2 Locust Master And Servant(CD, Single, Promo) 1500 Records 588 624 2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
582585-2 Locust Master And Servant (HDCD, Single, S/Edition) 1500 Records, PolyGram Company 582585-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
eMEGO162X Locust You'll Be Safe Forever Remixes(12", W/Lbl) Editions Mego eMEGO162X Austria 2013 Sell This Version


AMB 4935 CD Locust Natural Composite (Comp) Apollo AMB 4935 CD Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
APOLLO 18 Locust In Rememberance Of Times Past(LP, Comp) Apollo APOLLO 18 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
SRV 103 LP Locust / Mick Harris / David Toop / Lilith Locust / Mick Harris / David Toop / Lilith - L'inachevé / The Unfinished(LP, Comp) Sub Rosa SRV 103 LP Belgium 1995 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

STJ 059 Locust Secret Thirteen Mix 059(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Secret Thirteen Journal STJ 059 Lithuania 2013


none Locust Live At WFMU On Daniel Blumin's Show May 12th 2012(6xFile, MP3, 256) WFMU none US 2012
none Locust Just Want You (Scanner Destroyed Mix)(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label none UK 2013


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May 10, 2003
Mark Van Hoen's project was initially responsible for ground-breaking dark and introspective electronic music. Later releases favour the darker examinations of love and relationships without lyrics (Truth is born of arguments), then with lyrics from guest artists (morning light, wrong).

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Although a lot of people seem to think that he stays at home listening to tapes of puppies being tortured, Mark in fact goes out as much as anyone. "I realised that making music is a therapy for me. After working with Annie Williams (one of the vocalists on Morning Light), I could see that, in empathising with someone else, I was resolving my own inner feelings. This results in a warmer, more digestable music that doesn't simply project my paranoia, like my instrumental work tended to."

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