After starting out at an incredibly young age in Detroit as a protégé of Techno god Kevin Saunderson, Marc moved to New York becoming a prolific figure during the halcyon period of house music. MK became one of the genre’s most respected producers and in-demand remixers whilst his timeless productions have had a renaissance through the sets of the Crosstown Rebel collective.
• What was the music scene like where you grew up?
Well I grew up in Detroit. Detroit is like dance music House music Mecca, no matter what type of music it is if you listen to on the radio every sound on the radio they play they “speed” up, pitch up so you can actually dance to it. I grew up on that so it’s embedded in me.
• How would you describe your electronic sound, who are your influences?
Hearing and meeting Kevin Saunderson influenced me then things began to happen. I moved up to New York and that sound mixed with what I grew up on gave me the perfect idea, I knew where to go. I knew how to keep my influence I also know how to make a down tempo danceable that was just in me. New York was known for being more mellow smooth underground type of sound and in some way I knew how to give it energy how to make the sound more alive.
• Out of your entire discography, which one still stands out for you?
When I made “Burning” I don’t know if it changed my life it’s weird because I was so young when I made that record I was 18 I did not know the feedback. I put the record out myself and distributors kept calling back to reorder. I had nothing to gage it on, I did not know if those numbers where bad or good or average, I was thinking it was average it was not 10 million copies I had enough to buy a new car I guess it was ok.
• How do you balance your old underground tracks with your more commercial work?
The funny thing it’s a lot harder bouncing the two styles than people may think, one of the other thing is that I work with Willow Smith which is more Hip Hop kind of edgy, comparing that to Pitbull which is more totally commercial. I keep trying to bring back MK and that’s raw and pretty hard to juggle that’s why it has taken so long to do an Mk record.
• Are we going to hear any more underground MK records?
The underground records are coming; it’s good that I DJ right now and touring. Like I said I don’t DJ that much these couple of shows, playing certain MK records people are going mad when I play my tracks. I guess that this is the type of sound that’s in, the “MK sound”. I have just done a remix for Morgan Geist under his ‘Strorm Queen’ guise and I will be working on more material soon.
• I’ve heard you’ve starting playing a couple of shows, hows that been?
The first one I did was with my brother Scottie Deep in Leeds, La Loop party. I didn't know what the turnout would be. The place was full and as soon as I played the Burning the crowd lost it, they absolutely lost it, was a good feeling. The response was amazing the funny thing was that the oldest person was like 25 years old, to be able to play my records and other deeper sound that I like. It’s very exciting to see and makes me want to go back producing a real MK record.
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