Marc Kinchen

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Marc Kinchen
Also known as MK, 4th Measure Men
Born August 3
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres House, deep house, dance
Occupation(s) Disc jockey, producer
Instruments Turntable, sampler
Years active 1989-Present
Labels AREA10, Hot Creations, Defected Records, CREEP INTL, DJs Are Not Rockstars, Charisma/Virgin/EMI Records
Associated acts Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Alana Simon, Anabel Englund, Todd Terry, Nightcrawlers, Hot Natured

Marc Kinchen (born August 3),[1] known by his stage name MK, is an American DJ & music producer of house music. He hit No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1993 and 1994 with the songs "Always" and "Love Changes.[2] " 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 No. 69 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1995.[3] MK also hit the dance chart with "4 You," using the pseudonym 4th Measure Men.

In November 2013, his remix of Storm Queen's song "Look Right Through" reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart.

Aside from his own career as a recording artist, he is also known for the remixes he produced for other artists, such as Celine Dion's single "Misled", which became the first (and only) No. 1 Billboard Dance/Club Play hit of Dion's career. His remixes of Betty Boo's single "Thing Goin' On" brought the song to No. 5 on the same chart. His remixes of "The Message" by Sofia Shinas reached No. 20 on the Dance/Club Play chart. He also produced the remixes of Jody Watley's single "Your Love Keeps Working On Me", which reached No. 2 on that chart. Latest remixes and productions include Lana Del Rey, Dev, Enrique Iglesias, Sky Ferreira, Ellie Goulding, Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, and Tricky.

Kinchen is responsible for the iconic remix of the Nightcrawlers' record "Push the Feeling On," which was used almost twenty years later as the basis of Pitbull's global hit record "Hotel Room Service." The remix was successful internationally, becoming a major No. 3 UK hit.[4] He also assisted Nightcrawlers front-man John Reid with a number of his further releases, but they did not have the same impact on the charts.

Musical career[edit]


In 2001, Kinchen moved to Los Angeles and started working with Denise Martell, who brought Kinchen in to begin working with David Foster.

In 2002, Kinchen became an in-house producer for actor and singer Will Smith. Kinchen then worked on Shark's Tale, did production on one of Will Smith's albums, and did the music of the TV show All of Us, which was produced by Smith. Marc Kinchen is also producing for Willow and Jaden Smith with his production partner and other half of Stoopid Robots, Omarr Rambert.

Kinchen worked on projects with Diane Warren and Pitbull. Kinchen worked with Pitbull as a producer and produced three songs on the latter's Armando album (2010), two songs on the Planet Pit album, and co-produced the theme song for Men In Black 3, "Back in Time" by Pitbull.

Kinchen also produced music in collaboration with Blinded in March 2014.

In 2014, British DJ Route 94 remixed Kinchen's track "Always," which led it to peak at 12 in the U.K. Official Chart.


Selected remixes[edit]

Corona - Try Me Out (MK Vocal Mix + MK Dub Mix) (1995)

Nightcrawlers - Surrender Your Love (MK Club Mix) (1995) Nightcrawlers - Don't Let The Feeling Go (MK Club Mix + MK Dub Mix) (1995)

M-People - Moving On Up (MK Movin' Mix) (1993)

  • Pet Shop Boys - "Can You Forgive Her? (MK Remix) & (MK Dub)" (1993)


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
Dance Club

1989 "Somebody New" Singles only
1991 "Decay" (with Never on Sunday)
"Burning" (featuring Alana) 44 7 Surrender
1992 "Always" (featuring Alana) 69 1
1993 "Love Changes" (featuring Alana) 1
"Surrender" (featuring Alana)
1996 "Life Me Up" (featuring Clare Rivers) Single only
2014 "Always (Route 94 Remix)" 12 Single only
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released.


  • Defected Presents House Masters: MK (Second Edition) (2013) (Compilation album)
  • Defected Presents MK In The House (2013) (Compilation album)
  • Defected Presents House Masters: MK (2011) (Compilation album)
  • Surrender (with Alana Simon) (1993)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Twitter / MarcKinchen: My birthday is next Saturday". 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 179. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 335. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Robert, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 394. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "MK > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. 
  6. ^ "MK – Chart History: Hot Dance Club Songs". Billoard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 29 May 2014.