It’s Safe To Say, Mark Spratley (@SpratFool) Musical Co-Sign Has Become Extremely Powerful
Mark Spratley is a name you need to get familiar with as he continues to amaze and set the trend for plenty to follow. Allowing his work to speak for itself, Sprat has been a key component and highly coveted player within the music industry for almost six years now. A one man machine, “SpratFool” is a marketing guru, legendary event curator, influencer, Starting Five record label owner and former writer. (We still might be leaving something out)
The young “Garden State” native is creating his own empire within Starting Five. Formerly a part owner of Special Executive, Sprat hurdled the obstacles, branched out on his own and flourished. Contributing to the success stories of many artists, creating his own successful line of companies and developing his own brand all while throwing some of the most curated events and mansion parties throughout the United States. Starting with just a sound and idea, Sprat continues to develop brands and artists all while being well revered for repeatedly taking some of your favorite artists to the top. Whether it’s on the management side (Now turned label), PR or events, he has connected the dots and established countless artists, brands and influencers.
Mark Spratley resume is vast, although it gets even more interesting when we begin to speak on the artists that he has worked with and his actual success rate. A spokesperson and pivotal player for DaBaby when the world wasn’t yet supporting the talent. Developing that support system, introducing fans, key players and the actual music industry to the young star. Mark played a key role in connecting him with Lil Baby which led to their first ever recording (“Today” Remix) and helped squash any fan speculation about a DaBaby and Lil Baby, “Baby” beef.
While helping contribute to arguably one of the hottest artists in the game right now (DaBaby), the list of artists he has helped power up doesn’t stop there. Sprat played a significant role in a popular youtube star and music sensation DDG transition from Youtube to a full on musical act. He was a major force in the explosion of Chicago native Lud Foe a few years ago, from charting “No Hooks”, “#GetWellFoe” & “No Hooks 2” to connecting Foe with well known R&B sensation PNB Rock. From Smooky Margielaa, Albee Al, Sicko Mobb, pre kai ro, Nikko Lafre and many more, the marketing genius continues to help shift the careers of everyone around him. Be on the lookout for his most recent Starting Five signee, TYuS, a powerful and emerging R&B artist out of Portland, Oregon.
Beyond working with many artists within Starting Five, Mark Spratley is one of the premier publicists in the game, charting numerous artists, contributing to countless label deals, endless streams as well as being an important player in the lives and development of many artist or brands careers.
Sprat has continued to grow respect and accumulate a large following on all social media platforms throughout his short period of time within the industry. On top of being known for his musical expertise and ear, Mark Spratley has created a strong brand and influence over the youth and music culture. Always on top of what’s next in the music climate, Sprat is a prime example of a young entrepreneur using social media to their full advantage in this modern day where social media seems to be everything.
A significant figure in the entire “Blog era”, leading the way as he wrote for Baller Status, Chris Browns ‘Mechanical Dummy’, HipHopSince1987 and many other popular platforms before parting ways prior to the shift in how people ultimately consumed music.
It is very evident that “SpratFool” is only in the early stages of his journey and success. With a creative mind and an astounding ear for music, he is destined for much more. What might be most astonishing is his actual network and the ability to relate and connect with the artists and brands, thus allowing him to truly see the vision and activate accordingly. Creating these companies, his network and foundation from absolutely nothing, the young entrepreneur has proven that it doesn’t take some fancy college degree to succeed in this new era we live in.
The man is a well oiled machine and constantly evolving in all aspects of the music business. Post Malone has listed Sprats “Legally Loud” event in addition to the rest of his first year SXSW schedule as “This is where it all started” (Also seen in “Post Malone Saucin’ Through SXSW” on Youtube). Major recording artist and superstar Russ used to call Sprat “The Plug”. From helping connect DaBaby and Lil Baby which led to their first ever record together (‘Today’ Remix), personally connecting Lud Foe and PNB Rock in the studio with Orlando Whartonberg (Atlantic Records) to create “88”, to housing Smooky Margielaa in his LA apartment when Smooky lead single was still “Layed Up” and elevating Nikko Lafre to one of the premiere up and coming rap artists at one point in time. Landing the artist on NBA TNT, support from Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine (Nikko was from Minnesota), having DJ Skee interview him throughout project interludes (Skee is from Minnesota), numerous placements on Billboard charts and sitting in a room with DJ Khaled.
An ear for music and the ability to market absolutely anything has allowed Mark Spratley to seamlessly maneuver throughout the music and entertainment world. Known by many for throwing some of the most respected and curated events across the country, the entrepreneur began throwing events for the simple idea of getting his artists on as many large events or concerts as possible. With the immediate success of these events, the curation grew into something that he not only grew fond of but had also become another major source of revenue. Far from a promoter, Mark takes pride in curating his events from the specific venue or mansion, “vibe”, artists, DJ’s and every last detail which has led him to throw some legendary events. Most notably known on the event side for his very successful takeover of Austin, Texas during SXSW and creating noteable events such as “Legally Loud”, the “LVLUP” mansion party and throwing the first ever 40oz Bounce at SXSW. Sprat has brought out the likes of Russ, Post Malone, Lil Baby, Joey Bada$$, 2 Chainz, PNB Rock, A Boogie, Rich The Kid, Mike Will Made It, Lil Yachty, Lil Durk, GloGang, Megan Thee Stallion, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Xan, K Camp, OT Genasis, Desiigner, Quando Rondo, YK Osiris, Capital Steez, The Underachievers, Domo Genesis, Lil Mosey, Ralo, Shy Glizzy, 24HRS, Lex Luger, Maxo Kream, Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin, Mozzy, Kodie Shane, Comethazine, JR Writer, The Ying Yang Twins, Hannibal Burress and so many more. Sprat has most certainly paved his way into a “SXSW Hall Of Fame” (if there even was one).
Undoubtedly proven to be one of the more creative individuals within the music industry. Constantly developing fresh new trends or inventing new methods within the marketing world of the music and entertainment industry. Mark Spratley is one person you need to follow and get in tune with.
You can catch his own “New Day, New Wave” Spotify playlist running bi-weekly on a Times Square, New York City billboard.
Make sure to follow Sprat on social media: @SpratFool
Official Website: www.SpratFool.com
Contact Email: Mark@Starting5ive.net