[Exclusive Interview] with Marc Kinchen – MK

by Stephanie Piedrahita

Marc Kinchen  known by his stage name MK, is an American DJ, record producer and remixer. He hit number-one on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1993 and 1994 with the songs “Always” and “Love Changes.” Lead vocals on both of those tracks were performed by Alana Simon (songs were credited to MK featuring Alana). The combo also recorded the underground house music classic anthem “Burning.” “Always” peaked at number 69 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1995.MK also hit the dance chart with “4 You,” using the pseudonym 4th Measure Men. Raver Mag. had an opportunity to interview with MK after his MainStage set at Imagine Music Festival, this is what he shared up with us. RM: When did you know that you wanted a career in music?
MK: I knew that I wanted a career in music since I was like…12. When I was younger than 12, I hated music. But at some point, something just snapped and I started loving music. At that point, I started playing keyboards, I began to learn how to produce, and I never wanted to stop since then.
RM: Was there a musical artist who inspired you to get started?
MK: There wasn’t, I think. Since I grew up in the 80’s when the electronic sound came or it started…when the synthesizers came out, the drum machines came out that’s what got my interest in [music]. Like if there was no electronic instruments, I would never do music. So it was that, for sure.
RM: What current projects are you working on right now?
MK: My album. I’m doing a remix for Tove Lo. [A track with] Camelphat… I just got a request with Diana Ross. It never stops though, so it’s a lot.
RM: The musical journey?
MK: Yeah. I turned down a lot more than what I’m working on. Like my offers are up here [points up] and what I do is like down here [points downward]. So I have to pick from that. It sucks a lot of times because the stuff I want to work on I just can’t do. It’s either that or I have to stop doing so many shows.
RM: Are there musical artists dead or alive who you would want to collaborate with?
MK: I think it would have to be Prince or Michael Jackson. But they’re both dead.
RM: If you had any advice for any up-and-coming artists, what would it be?
MK: My advice for the up-and-comers would be to not try to sound like someone else. It’s hard now with the young kids because they see who’s popular, they go home and try to make something like them. I think that that’s a really bad idea.
RM: From purchasing the same sample packs and the such?
MK: Yeah, it’s like everyone’s doing that. My example that I always use is Kygo. A couple years ago, I was sent some music from Kygo and, at the time, no one knew who he was. My manager played me some Kygo [music] and I was like, “Wow, I love him. He sounds like no one else!” But, look at him now. It’s like anyone else took him to that level. So that’s my advice.
RM: Final question: How do you tailer your sets differently between playing at intimate venues versus outdoor music festivals?
MK: I think because I play so many places, I know what to play. Like in the beginning, I would have one set that I would play everywhere. America is different from England, England is different from Spain, Spain is different from Germany, etc. It’s just the experience knowing where you’re playing. I can’t really explain how I “tailer” my sets, but you know after awhile what they like to hear and don’t like to hear. It’s only something that experience can teach you.
RM: What about reading the crowd?
MK: It’s a little bit of reading the crowd, but you have to play there before because a twenty year-old kid can’t go to these places and read the crowd like that. They won’t have a clue.