Electronic music’s deepest roots lie in Detroit. The Motor City fostered a sound and culture that continues to hold precedence even today. Many revere the underground techno and house sounds that emerged from Detroit.
During the ‘90s, Marc Kinchen fueled his passion for electronic music by bringing forth infectious house music influenced by New York garage and techno. MK’s “Dub Of Doom” mix of Nightcrawlers’ “Push The Feeling On” serves as a cornerstone of ‘90s house music. The rest of his work - “Burning” and “Always” come to mind - was quite influential too.
After his tracks dominated clubs and left his mark on house music, he did a complete 180 and turned towards mainstream music. The versatile producer moved to LA, working closely with none other than the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith, as well as artists like Quincy Jones, Pitbull and Snoop Dogg.
Over a decade later, MK returned to his roots. Though he hadn’t touched the genre in years, having left it completely during his stint in commercial music, diving back into house was a natural, seamless process for the talented producer.
His discography boasts an impressive tally of over 500 tracks now. His most recent work: a soulful remix for Tchami’s “World To Me”.
This weekend, Apple Music’s Beats 1 has a special mix incoming from MK for their weekly radio show, One Mix. MK’s mix was previously aired as part of Welcome 2018, a 24 hour mix session on New Year’s Eve. Expect music from the likes of Riva Starr, Solardo, Eli Brown and MK’s own remixes of Tove Lo, Rihanna, Camelphat and Dua Lipa.
Tune in here and view air dates below.
Friday 11th January 2018 - 23:00 LA / 02:00 NY / 07:00 UK
Saturday 12th January 2018 - 06:00 LA / 09:00 NY / 14:00 UK
Before taking the decks, MK took some time out to answer a few questions for us. Personal insights and experiences along his musical journey, like his biggest influence, dream B2B partner, first show experience and unique backstage and travel experiences. Read on to see what the house legend had to say.
EDM.com: Your first show experience?
MK: Well that’s a two part answer: first time was a false start at Ministry of Sound back in the 90’s & I wanted to mix live with computers but the equipment was not really made for the road yet, so playing could out could leave you open for a lot of problems, so i chose the studio for a while; but my real first play was with Lee Foss and Jamie Jones at the Electric Pickle in Miami…. after that night, I was hooked.
The first time you brought your mom to one of your shows?
It is still fresh in my mind, I brought her to my show at Movement in Detroit a few years ago, I was playing with Derrick May, Maceo Plex, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, it was an amazing night. She was dancing and I knew how proud she was, it was great.
The artist who inspired you to become a musician?
Go-to places for new music?
Beatport, all my mates are DJs and they send me stuff, just out and about as well
Guilty pleasure record?
Move Your Body by John Rocca
Desert-island dance record?
Hungry For The Power
Dream B2B partner?
Piece of gear you always need on the road?
My laptop so i can always work on music on the road
All-time favorite festival?
Hideout in Croatia
Biggest misconception about dance music?
That it’s “druggie” music
How often do you get out and have fun, and where do you go?
For me Fun means being at home in my own bed with the Family, need to do more of that.
City with the most underrated dance scene?
Denver in the US and Leeds in the UK
Industry prediction for the next year?
It really feels like house vibes are coming on here.
Best piece of advice for new producers?
Don’t bite other people, be original, but with collabs sharing is caring
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaborator?
Depeche Mode and Marvin Gaye
A unique experience you’ve had backstage?
The pg version is seeing Carl Cox’s rider up close and personal (I have never seen so much alcohol in one place). The stranger part of that is I don’t think he even drinks.
A unique travel experience you’ve had?
One time i was on a plane and the pilot refused to land the plane for an hour because there was a woman on the flight who would not put her crying baby in a seatbelt. Literally, everyone on the plane gave her the evil eye for 60 straight minutes. Obviously, she ultimately complied.
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