Marc ‘MK’ Kinchen
Get to know the story behind one of house music’s most influential and elusive characters. An interview with Marc ‘MK’ Kinchen.
The history of vintage US-American house and garage music would be incomplete without a mention of Marc Kinchen. Born and raised in Detroit, his sound grew in the shadows of the Motor City’s techno craze, but had more in common with the twin city Chicago and especially NYC’s sophisticated take on house music. Under his MK moniker and the wings of KMS’ Kevin Saunderson, Kinchen quickly made a name for himself with tracks like Somebody New and Decay, before forging his sound signature with the colorfast house classics Burning or Always on his own Area 10 imprint. Deep and dirty bass lines combined with chopped up vocals and a sensibility for hooks make an MK production instantly recognizable and a blueprint for the sound of New Jersey’s Todd Edwards. After moving to New York, MK rapidly became the go-to producer for remix requests. Particularly his rejig of Nightcrawlers Push The Feeling On went on to become a worldwide smash hit and dance classic thereafter. Afterwards, Masters At Work, D-Influence, Jodeci and many more were sprinkled with his magic, while working with Quincy Jones and Will Smith as well.