MK: Prince inspired me
MK learned how to "produce" from listening to Prince's songs.
The 43-year-old DJ was inspired to create music as a youngster by learning the 'I Feel For You' hitmaker's vast catalogue of tracks and recalled a meeting with his idol - who tragically died on Thursday (21.04.16) at his Paisley Park estate .
He said: "I taught myself, I listened to Prince a lot, I was sitting in my room learning the chords of his songs and from that point I learned how to produce. I met Prince in Miami, he just showed up and played, it was totally random. Looking back now, when it happened it was completely unannounced. He just walked on stage and started playing with only 200 people there. That's the kind of person he was."
MK - who hails from Detroit and whose real name is Marc Kinchen - just released upbeat house track 'Piece of Me' featuring favoured Rudimental collaborator Becky Hill and is busy finishing up his summer album, which is yet to be named, in time for festival season.
He'll be taking the UK dance calendar by storm this year with sets at We Are FSTVL, Park Life, and SW4 to name a few, but MK is also excited about recently re-teaming with his old pals and electronic duo the Pet Shop Boys.
Speaking about remixing their song 'Can You Forgive Her?' in 1993 and being approached again this year to work his magic on 'The Pop Kids', he said: "That was one of my favourite remixes I did in the nineties. And when they asked me, I was like, 'Yes please!' I jumped to it. Even before I was producing, I always listened to the Pet Shop boys.
"I forget how it was back in the nineties but this year their promoter got in touch with me, and he thought it would be a cool thing to have me remix the Pet Shop Boys again. I heard the song and I loved it."