“I wanna do something different, I don’t want to do what everyone expects,” MK — real name, Mark Kinchen — tells me over the phone from LA. This comes after he mysteriously explains he’s in the process of getting an unnamed UK grime artist to appear on his long- awaited album. “London is my second home so I know about grime and I think it’s dope.” I blurt out the genre’s biggest names as he laughs and says it’s not yet confirmed.
An undisputed legend of house music, Kinchen has created tracks that every reveller has danced to. Remember his is remix of Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through”? Of course you do. It went straight to number one in the UK despite his own surprise at its success. “It was just meant to be a cool underground record,” he explains. “I like a track that ends up being commercial because it’s dope, not because a record company used something that I did before and pushed it really hard at the radio.”
Business pressure was what made Kinchen take a hiatus from house at the end of the 90s after he was plagued by suits demanding him to churn out chart hits. He’d rather make festival crowds dance. “Instead of wanting to make something that makes 10,000 people happy, you’re trying to make something that makes four people happy,” he exclaims. “And they don’t go to festivals anyway!” When he came back to house music years later, the 90s sound was “in” and he began to produce and DJ again.
Kinchen is now adding the final flourishes to his album, having worked with the likes of Idris Elba and Annabel Englund. I ask him how it feels defying expectations and being in demand for 20 years. He laughs, “You spend your whole life wanting to be a producer. It just means you’re doing something right for them to ask you.”
Wonderland Magazine Spring 2017 Issue