Marc Kinchen may be known to some in the dance world as a house icon and legend, but to many others, he is known only by his music and not by his name. From the time his breakthrough remixes of the international hit song, “Push The Feeling On” were released to his latest remixes of Lana Del Rey, Chris Malinchak, Hot Natured and solo projects, MK has been responsible for making ordinary pop records into dance classics.
Marc Kinchen is much more than a house remixer, he is an artist, producer, DJ, songwriter and an internationally respected name in the world of Dance Music and R&B. He has long pushed the boundaries of music in ways that have earned him this stellar reputation. When he was teenager growing up in Detroit, one of the true Techno originators, Kevin Saunderson, became kind of a mentor and pretty much gave him the keys to his already infamous Detroit KMS Studios.
Choosing the path of Producer/Artist over that of a DJ in the early days enabled MK to keep a pretty low profile with much of the general public, however, at the same time, it was a different story in the clubs and dance charts where he was gaining legendary status. Since his return to the scene over the last two years, MK has transformed a whole new series of songs with his uncanny ability to remix and reinvent. Lately his work can be found on the remixes of Lana Del Rey Summertime Sadness and Blue Jeans, Sky Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing,” Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through,” Dillon’s “Thirteen Thirtyfive” remix by MK and Lee Foss, Chris Malinchak’s “So Good To Me,” Sinead Harnett’s “Got Me,” Hot Natured’s “Forward Motion,” Inner City and Duke Dumont’s upcoming single “Hold Me.” Future projects include his new group, Pleasure State with Anabel Englund and Lee Foss, as well as his own, MK solo album.
MK’s return to the scene has him travelling the world at near record pace. Just in the last two months, he has been in Ibiza, Germany, London, all over the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Italy and even Russia. “Sometimes we do three cities in one night and that can be wild. It is very different from the solitary existence the studio lends itself to, but I like them both,” says MK, “there is really nothing more exhilarating than hearing and seeing the crowd react to a record you have produced, it is so instant, so much warmth and good energy, I am really having a ball.”
It’s a long way from when he produced his first record, the now legendary, “Burning” for his own label, Area 10, which quickly led to him to NYC and a record deal from Virgin. During those years, MK was putting out songs like “Burning,” “For You” (4th Measure Men), “Do It Right, Feel The Fire,” “Love Changes” and “Always.” Most of these songs, still fill the dance floors today, as do his 200-plus remixes for artists ranging from Bizarre Inc, Blondie, Pitbull, JLo, Janet Jackson, Moby, Luther Vandross, Brandy, Pet Shop Boys, Enrique, Masters At Work, Dev, Happyhead, and Jodeci. It would also be impossible to forget the numerous remixes of his iconic versions of “Push The Feeling On,” (Nightcrawlers), which is still one the biggest house crossover hits and has been re-released at least five times that we know of. Even Pitbull used MK’s version of “Push the Feeling On” for his international hit single, “Hotel Room.” At least 20 of the remixes that MK has produced earned the artists number one status on the Dance Airplay and Sales Charts in the US and in the UK. He has long been cited as an influence by leading producers/DJs including Todd Edwards, Maceo Plex, Dubfire, Danny Daze, Laidback Luke, Afrojack, Todd Terry, Duke Dumont, Lee Foss and countless others.
In 2012, MK was honored to have his own House Master CD released on Defected. It was soon followed up by the popular compilation MK IN THE HOUSE in 2013, also on Defected, a double CD featuring current MK favorites and remixes.