MK Talks Area 10 In Pacha

Posted on September 26, 2016

Images: Tamara Sini

MK, aka Marc Kinchen, has been enjoying a tremendous season in Ibiza this year. Doing over a dozen shows on the island in total, he knows how to meet the needs of such diverse crowds as the ones in Pacha and Amnesia – be it younger or more adult public, well-heeled or easy-going. In Amnesia, MK has been playing for Together on Tuesdays, manning the terrace with his trademark groovy virtuosity. In Pacha, his Area 10 project was one of the four party series that were invited to unite under the Insane umbrella on Fridays, alternating on different dates and offering quite an assortment of vibes and sounds to a discerned clubber.

You still have time to catch the last Area 10 party of the season on September 30 in Pacha: MK, Hannah Wants and Alex Kennon will be spinning in the main room, accompanied by Secondcity performing live. In the last couple of seasons, MK’s tracks have been ubiquitous in Ibiza: if you didn’t dance to his remixes on Teach Me by Bakermat, My Head Is A Jungle by Wankelmut and Emma Louise or I Went Too Far by Aurora, are you sure you visited the island at all? We were thrilled to meet Marc and discuss his Area 10 project, his favourite studio gear and the state of things in clubbing culture in Ibiza and the USA…

MK Interview

Rumours have been circulating for a couple of years of you launching your own club night in Ibiza. Why did it happen only this season?
I had a proposal for a residency two years ago, but I kept turning it down since I wanted to go on with the project I was already at. I wanted to play there a bit more and have no other major commitments.

The idea of uniting 4 different parties – Area 10, Vagabundos, We Are The Night and Knee Deep In Ibiza under the umbrella brand of Insane might have seemed unusual at first sight. How quickly did you accept it?
I accepted this idea right away, I thought it was genuinely good. I love playing at Pacha, this club has amazing vibes, and the idea of uniting four parties under one common brand seemed very cool to me.

When did you feel better – at the beginning of the season or now?
Well, first I should say that before the beginning of Ibiza season I took four months off, from January till April. I needed some time to get ready and to properly plunge into music. Honestly, I think, for any DJ the end of the season is better: by that time you know your records perfectly, you know which of them work best and you know how people respond to them.

Don’t you get tired by the end of the season?
No. To tell the truth, I’m tired right now!

If not a secret can you tell us why?
I flew from LA to Ibiza yesterday. All together, I spent nearly 15 hours travelling: from LA to London, from London to here.

MK Interview

Apart from Pacha, you also played for Together at Amnesia this summer. How different was it from Pacha?
It was really good in Amnesia. I had around 6 gigs there, and it was quite different from Pacha. Younger kids love the fresh wild energy of the Together night, and Pacha is more expensive, which means they will not probably be doing it that much. However, I never try to adjust my music depending on the place: I think I’m good enough at reading the crowd, and I rely on people’s reaction. I can’t say that I play harder or faster at Amnesia than I do at Pacha. My strategy is simple. I try to spin both my tracks and other people’s tunes: it’s all about opening it, shuffling it and making it work.

How is Area 10 developing?
Area 10 is being quite busy. My album and single are coming out on the label, which I’m very happy about. Recently I did my first ever Area 10 show in Brooklyn at Sugar Hill, and I’m going to do more shows in Miami, Chicago and LA. For this, I’m going to bring to America some DJs whom I like a lot and who don’t play in the country too much.

How did you select the artists to play with you in Pacha?
At the beginning of the season I made a wish list of the DJs that I like. So I had just to pick the names from there and make it work. I gave my agent and manager the list of the names, and they called me sometimes to specify some things, but most of times they did it all from their own point. My head was totally in the studio, I didn’t have a chance to think about who would be playing on which date or at what time.

Did it happen so that you made the list and then some other artist would call you and ask: ‘Take me on board please?’
Yes, but that happened more often to my agent and manager, no directly to me. Again, someone would want to move the set time, for example – but it was not me who handled it.

MK Interview

Did you ever have a chance to experience the other side of Ibiza? The rural one, with the beautiful nature, relax and meditation?
No, not yet. I know I should, but… As I said, I’ve just arrived from LA, I left the plane and came to the hotel. I play tonight at 3.30am, and then I get to the airport at 7.30am. I have two shows tomorrow. I simply have no time to explore the island.

What’s happening with the clubbing culture in the USA right now?
It’s doing really good. A few years ago there were many EDM fans around, but now these people have started realising that EDM is not that cool – so they are trying to find cool music, which is house. The only problem is that we had producers in America who produced EDM, and now they are making house music. When they approach house music, they cheese it out a little bit. This is exactly what happened when the producers who did pop music started to do EDM music – that’s why it’s so cheesy. These guys think that in order to create an EDM track you just need a buildup and a drop, and now they think that for a house track you need just a bassline and a piano. Tracks created with such an approach simply don’t sound good on the dancefloor!

What are your plans for the next few months?
I’m having my last Ibiza show for this season next Friday September 30, and then I’m back in America until some time next year. I do an Area 10 event at Warehouse Project in Manchester on November 4 – that’s the last time I will be in the UK this year. The next couple of months I’m planning to concentrate on writing music and finishing my album. When I’m in my studio making music, I don’t want to hear the clock ticking – it makes me feel I’m rushing to make music. I don’t want to do that, that’s what I hate the most, it makes me feel horrible. Instead of checking time, I’m always thinking: ‘How can I make this track better?’

Do you consider yourself a perfectionist?
No, no, at all. I would characterise my approach as consistent. You can’t ever expect me say something like: ‘Oh, that’s a perfect tune!’ – that’s simply not me.

MK Insane

How long can it take you to record one track?
It’s different: sometimes it takes two hours, sometimes it takes two days. It depends on how I feel like. Sometimes I just sit in my studio and I just don’t want to make any new songs. It all looks good, but I just don’t want to touch it.

What makes up your studio set up?
Oh, I have a lot. I still love the vintage stuff of Roland, I love the new Dave Smith’s OB6. I got used to analogue stuff in the late 1990s, and now I’m trying to get the gear I was using back then, because I know very well how to work on it. Analogue sound is a lot warmer than the digital one.

What are your plans for next summer in Ibiza?
I don’t know yet. I might be locked in with Pacha, but I’m not sure. I’ll find out in March.

Catch MK and Area 10 on its last Pacha Insane takeover on Friday September 30.
Aurora – “I Went Too Far” (MK Remix) (DECCA / Glassnote) is out now
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