Marc Kinchen

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Marc Kinchen
Also known as
  • MK
  • 4th Measure Men
Born (1972-08-03) 3 August 1972 (age 46)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • remixer
Years active1989–present
Associated acts

Marc Kinchen (born 3 August 1972),[1] known by his stage name MK, is an American DJ, record producer and remixer. He hit number-one 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 number 69 on 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" was released on Defected Records and Warner Music and 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) number-one Billboard Dance/Club Play chart hit of Dion's career. His remixes of Betty Boo's single "Thing Goin' On" brought the song to number five on the same chart. His remixes of "The Message" by Sofia Shinas reached number 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 number two 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 number three 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 (2011), 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 the same year, British DJ Route 94 remixed Kinchen's track "Always", which went on to peak at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.



  • 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)


Year Title Peak chart positions Album

Dance Club

1989 "Somebody New" Non-album singles
1991 "Decay"
(with Never on Sunday)
(featuring Alana)
7 Surrender
1992 "Always"
(featuring Alana)
69 7 1
1993 "Love Changes"
(featuring Alana)
(featuring Alana)
1995 "Burning '95"
(featuring Alana)
44 7
1996 "Life Me Up"
(featuring Clare Rivers)
Non-album singles
2014 "Always" (Route 94 Remix) 23 12 3
2015 "Bring Me to Life"
(featuring Milly Pye)
2016 "Piece of Me"
(with Becky Hill)
53 37 13 5
"My Love 4 U"
(featuring A*M*E)
2017 "17" 9 7 1
2018 "Back & Forth"
(with Jonas Blue and Becky Hill)
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released.

Songwriting and Production Credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Push the Feeling On (The Dub of Doom)" 1992 Nightcrawlers Non-album single Producer - Phil Legg
"Anywhere" 1996 Proof Anywhere EP - -
"Lois Lane" - -
"Why?" - -
"Come and Get Some"
(featuring E-40)
1997 SWV Release Some Tension Co-writer/Producer Cheryl Gamble, Earl Stevens -
"Gettin' Funky"
(featuring Snoop Dogg)
Calvin Broadus Kevin Evans
"Give Me What I Want" 1998 MC Lyte Seven & Seven Lana Moorer, Jamaal Barrow -
"Another Way" Tevin Campbell Tevin Campbell Co-writer Tevin Campbell, Theodore Turpin, Terrell Carter -
"Only One for Me" 1999 Co-writer/Producer Tevin Campbell, Faith Evans, Mike Mason -
"7 Interlude" 702 702 Irish Grinstead -
"0 Interlude" Misha Grinstead -
"2 Interlude" Kameelah Williams -
"Will You Be OK" Angela Slates, Trina Powell, Tamara Powell -
"Monica" 2000 Before Dark Daydreamin' Cynthia Loving, Carlos McKinney, Jarret Washington -
"Upgrade U"
(featuring Jay-Z)
2006 Beyoncé B'Day Co-writer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Solange Knowles, Makeba Riddick, Sean Garrett, Angela Beyincé, Sean Carter, William Clarke, Clarence Reid -
"Mujeres" 2010 Pitbull Armando Producer - -
"Guantanamera (She's Hot)" - DJ Buddha
(featuring Papayo & MC Marcinho)
- DJ Laz
"Where Do We Go"
(featuring Jamie Foxx)
2011 Planet Pit Co-writer/Producer Armando Perez, James Scheiffer, Daniel Morris, Leroy Sanchez, Eric Bishop Jim Jonsin, Mr. Morris
"Back in Time" 2012 Global Warming Armando Perez, Urales Vargas, Adrian Trejo, Mickey Baker, Sylvia Robinson, Ellas McDaniel DJ Big Symphe, DJ Buddha
"Get It Started"
(featuring Shakira)
Armando Perez, Durrell Babbs, Urales Vargas, Sidney Samson, Bigram Zayas, Shakira Ripoll, Kristina Stephens Sidney Samson, DVLP, DJ Buddha
(featuring OmARR & T. Coles)
Jaden Smith The Cool Café: The Cool
Tape Vol. I
Producer - OmARR
"Jus' Not Ready"
(featuring T. Coles)
"First Time"
(featuring T. Coles)
"Detroit" 2013 Hot Natured Different Sides of the Sun Co-writer/Producer Lee Foss, Jamie Jones, Alexander Williams Hot Natured, Mark Ralph
"My Loving" 2014 Mary J. Blige The London Sessions Co-producer - Darkchild
(featuring 2Hype)
2016 Big Flock The Great Depression Producer - -

Selected remixes[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Twitter / MarcKinchen: My birthday is next Saturday". 2013-07-24. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  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. ^ "Ultratop - MK Discography". Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Irish Charts - MK Discography". Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  7. ^ "MK > UK Charts". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  9. ^ "MK – Chart History: Hot Dance Club Songs". Billoard. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  10. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Don't Feel Like Crying (MK Remix) - Single by Sigrid on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 21 February 2019.