Mark Kasprzyk (born 1977), better known by his stage name Kazzer, is a Canadian musician whose work ranges from rap rock to alternative rock. He is the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Redlight King and best known for the song “Bullet in My Hand”, which was aired regularly on MuchMusic and MTV Europe, played on contemporary hit radio, hot adult contemporary, alternative rock and mainstream rock radio stations in Canada. He is also an auto sports television personality.
He grew up in Binbrook, Ontario, near Hamilton and at the age of 8, he began learning judo, becoming so skilled that he later became part of the Canadian National Judo Team and was an alternate for the Canadian team in the 2000 Summer Olympics. At 16, he began writing songs. Being relegated to alternate status for the Olympics inspired him to pursue a career in music and in his teens he discovered hip-hop and took up breakdancing. Around this time, Mark produced a demo which made it into the hands of Epic Records (a subsidiary of Sony BMG).
Under his stage name Kazzer, Kasprzyk was signed and released his 2002 debut album Go for Broke in Canada, Germany, France and Scandinavia. The energetic lead single, “Pedal to the Medal”, was co-written with Brian West, Grammy-nominated producer for the likes of Nelly Furtado. The song was featured on the soundtracks of the 2003 remake of The Italian Job, the 2004 film Catch That Kid on the television series Malcolm in the Middle, and in the Hotwheels Acceleracers movies. It was also featured in the opening “splash” animation and on the soundtrack of the Midway Sports video game NHL HITZ PRO. Additionally, his song “Fueled By Adrenaline” was featured on the two Bugbear games, FlatOut:Head On and Flatout Ultimate Carnage.