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mark kinchen
« on: November 15, 2016, 01:58:26 PM »

How did you first make contact with synths?

I was in eighth grade, so I was like 13, and there was this kid who lived around the block from me. He was in a band, and like, back in the '80s in Detroit, Prince was huge, almost like the only thing, at least for kids who had bands and stuff like that. Everyone tried to mimic Prince songs and use synthesizers like Prince. This guy had a Korg Poly-800, and I saw it and I was like, this is incredible. At 13, I had zero dollars, so there was no way I could ever buy one, so I would just read magazines. I'd get keyboard magazines and literally sleep with the magazines. I'd look at them when I woke up, and when I got to bed, to a point where I was teaching myself what I could, with whatever equipment I had. I finally got a Roland Juno-106—my first synthesizer— and a Yamaha QX7 sequencer, and I just did the two up, teaching myself how to sequence and, you know, do a bassline and chords. So I knew a little bit before I got to Kevin (Saunderson). I was just as good as him as far as working around the studio, knowing how to use equipment. And then I was just learning how to make house music, and techno music.

looks like digital performer on a 2001 macintosh quicksilver with dual monitors in the background of this pic
possibly with a digi 001 interface, an mpc, proteus-1, 2x proteus 2000 units, akai s1100 sampler, an access virus?, studio electronics SE1 x2

What gear did you buy?

"The first thing I ever bought was a small white Casio keyboard called a PT-1, which had a speaker on it and the keys were like the size of your fingernails. I think it had an onboard sequencer, but just one track, nothing crazy, and a built-in drum machine. Then I got a Juno-106; I had every family member save up and give it to me as a present."

You had some huge house hits in '93/'94 as Nightcrawlers. How do you think the genre has evolved since then?

"I always think that house music is one of the easiest types of music to get into. Even people that have never really heard of house will automatically like it if you play them the right type of track. It's pretty simple: four-on-the floor with a very simple bassline that doesn't have too much going on and it's usually really catchy and repetitive with a pretty basic drum beat.

After your initial success, there was a big gap between 1997 and 2011. Was that because you had moved into production?

"Yeah, that's exactly what it was. I just got tired of doing the House stuff because I was getting so many remixes and everyone wanted it to sound like Nightcrawlers. I wanted to write music and at the time remixing was still quite a new thing, so I was wondering if I could actually make a career from remixing or whether I'd better start doing something else before the whole remix era died down. It didn't though [laughs]."

As far as the way you produce, obviously it was all hardware back in the 90s. Has that changed now?

Of course. It was all hardware back then. I’m a tech guy – I definitely love buying new equipment. I’ve bought gear every other day, it seems like – but it was a headache. That’s when Macs and sequencing first became popular, but you had to use all these different programs just to run MIDI. It sounded good but it was frustrating. You were using ADATs for vocals and transferring back and forth. It was definitely a hassle.