INTERVIEW | MK

Revered producer, remixer and DJ, MK’s storied background is one of long-term creative development. His roots are pure Detroit, but if you dig a little deeper you will find that MK’s musical path is made up of seamless transitions from house and techno to hip-hop and R&B, only to return to house during recent years. We sat down with the DJ/producer to catch up before his show this Friday, November 24th at Spin Nightclub. Get tickets here.

MK

1. Congratulations on releasing your latest single “17”! Can you let us know more about what the meaning behind the song is and where the inspiration to create it came from?

MK: I worked on the music with a couple of friends and the singer (Carla Monroe) wrote the lyrics/sang on it. The song is about remembering your teenage years, specifically when you were 17. The lyrics talk about remembering how everyone had each other’s back when we were 17, it’s a fun one that conjures up the nostalgia I think we all have.


2. Your discography includes 500+ tracks. You are considered not only a revered producer/DJ but also a very high-in-demand remixer. Out of all of the remixes you have done do you happen to have a favorite, if so why?
MK: That’s a really hard question to answer. I don’t think I have one, it changes all the time. I mean, I loved remixing Michael Jackson, the Pet Shop Boys, my newest one of Solardo “Fall Down,”, Reverse Skydiving, London Grammar, Lana Del Ray, and Rihanna, both Desperado and Sex With You. See what I mean? Really hard for me to pick just one!
3. You have many traits of Detroit and Chicago House in your production style. Who would you say has influenced your productions the most from those areas?
MK: In my earlier productions, it was most definitely pure Detroit and Chicago. Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Derrick May were my early teachers, but since then I have been exposed to and inspired by so many different sounds from different countries and cultures, I guess I just take it all in.

4. You have produced everything from Hip-Hop, Pop, to House. As an artist, how has your creative process changed throughout the years?
MK: I guess my style has changed with technique — I’ve learned a lot of new tricks, new machinery and instruments, and tried out new voices. Also listening to so much music, it just changes and evolves like everything else. It’s always important to stay open and keep it fresh.

5. How is that you got into music production and DJ’ing in the first place?
MK: I wanted to do music and production since I was a teenager. DJing was really not something I thought about doing — I love making music and it just seemed DJing with vinyl presented limitations since it was mixing and matching beats. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it was just not for me. Once the technology changed, I realized I could manipulate sounds and music live while I DJed, which seemed to be the most logical step when I got back into house music. I do have to credit Jamie Jones and Lee Foss for getting me out there — they tracked me down and asked me to play a party with them. I really liked what they were doing and what they were about, so that’s how it all started.
6. Your current tour includes a wide variety of club shows and festivals. Which do you prefer to play at?
MK: Another hard question. There are so many variables — club shows are great because there’s a certain intimacy about being in a dark club where everyone is getting into the moment. Then with the festival experience, everyone is usually enjoying beautiful weather and open air energy, summery vibes, and big stage effects. It’s just two different experiences, I love them both for different reasons.

7. What can we expect on the upcoming album?
MK: Expect the unexpected 🙂

8. You have been extremely busy with finishing up a full length studio album and finishing up a world tour, Is there anything else you have in store before 2017 ends?
MK: Sleeping in my own bed! hahaha