Mark Corrin (formerly known as Shirokuma) is a Liverpool born, Manchester based writer, producer & radio broadcaster.
He currently presents a weekly radio show for Salford City Radio 94.4FM and is the bassist with popular Manchester based act Rose & The Diamond Hand.
Mark has previously collaborated with the likes of Can’s Damo Suzuki, The Fall / Blue Orchid’s Una Baines, Max Tundra and Andy Votel and assists with the running of Manchester’s Valentine Records…
A short history…
Mark’s early demo CDRs as Shirokuma made him a regular favourite on John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 Show for the final five years of its broadcast (1999 – 2004).
Rob Da Bank and FloMotion’s Nick Luscombe continue to be radio supporters, whilst Shirokuma was made single of the week by both Steve Lamacq and Phill Jupitus during their time at BBC 6 Music.
A debut album Secret Moves At The Midnight Chess Club was released via Manchester label Faith & Hope records in 2005, which yielded a joint NME single of the week, Moonlight In The Afternoon.
The track, which the paper curiously confessed “makes us want to have sex in dressing-up clothes”, was also remixed by Max Tundra (Domino Records) and Andy Votel (Twisted Nerve \ B-Music \ Finders Keepers).
A four track EP on Twisted Nerve records came next, before Mark began working with Valentine Records.
Between 2007 and 2014 Mark released three full length LPs on Valentine (Adventure Island, Abandonware and Ojos De Gato) as well as a self-titled mini LP and a compilation of early singles and rarities entitled Lobster Rock Emporium.
At the end of 2014 Mark retired the Shirokuma title and began writing and releasing music under his own name: starting with an impressive series of 12 x EPs throughout 2015 – each focusing on a different aspect of his rich and varied musical landscape.
Outside of his prolific writing and recording activities Mark is also very active on the Manchester underground live music scene and regularly promotes/performs and DJs at a variety of DIY events and gigs