With his newly released compilation album,
"Mixology" DJ Mark Lewis adds
another notch in his very successful and
lengthy career as a DJ, Producer, and
Remixer. Things weren't always this way.
Back in his hometown of London in the
mid 1980s, he was just a young clubber
who hung out with a few friends like Carl
Cox and Paul Oakenfold, before any of
them were superstar DJs. While vacationing
in the States 17 years ago, fate brought
Mark to Los Angeles where he fell in love
with the sun, the scene, and, well, the
rest is history.
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After moving to the US, Mark started
out spinning disco, funk and early house
music and quickly progressed into the
Mark Lewis we all know and love. He got
his foot in the door by working for the
Resource Record Pool and soon after became
a Billboard Reporting DJ. This allowed
him to make the necessary contacts that
would later open the doors for a successful
career remixing artists like Erasure,
Chaka Chan, Ace of Bass, Miami Sound Machine
and most recently Kinky and Sean Paul.
Back in 1999 Mixmag UK named him one
of the "Breakout Superstar DJ's of
the New Millennium", and he's definitely
living up to this prediction. His first
tour that took him back home to the UK
was an amazing two months long, but even
that pales in comparison to his intense
country-hopping schedule he keeps up now.
These days Mark literally plays hundreds
of shows a year, in multiple cities and
countries. He admits that he fancies all
the places he has played in the past and
all the amazing people he's met along
the way, but now he has his sights set
on hitting up places he hasn’t played,
countries like Iceland, Russia and Columbia.
In addition to spinning in clubs across
the globe and making music in the studio,
Mark is sponsored by everyone from Red
Bull, Ben Sherman, Stussy, Adidas to Astroglide,
which as he points out, is one reason
his wardrobe is always up to date and
stylish! Mark talked about how Paul Oakenfold
played a big part in his first sponsorship
with Stussy in our video interview, you'll
have watch it for the funny story.
All told, Mark has mixed six compilation
CDs that have been released on different
record labels, with his most recent Mixology
out this past July 15, 2003 on Topaz Records
in the US. He didn't get a chance to make
it into the studio last year, so he was
very eager to work on the Mixology project,
saying that making a compilation is always
a challenge since he has to squeeze the
music he'd normally play in a 3 hour live
set into a single CD, distilling it down
to just nine essential tracks. He's managed
to tell quite a story with this album
- it starts off slow with a great ambient
mix of Leama’s "Requiem For A Dream."
Half way through, it really kicks in with
the wicked track, "Tears From The
Moon" from Conjure One that will
leave you absolutely breathless. This
is the Hybrid Mix and features the etheral
vocals of Sinead O’Connor. Mark then closes
it out with a banging mix of QB Project
1's "In Time." Awesome!
If you would like even more
information on Mark Lewis, including tour
dates and message boards, check out his
part of the Trust the DJ network.
Mark's new monthly "Formula"
takes place at The Highlighlands. The
grand opening is on 9/18/03 and is part
of the "Gods Kitchen" tour featuring
Mark Lewis, Tall Paul and Jason Bentley,
sponsored BPM magazine and Red Bull.
And remember, as Mark Lewis always says:
"Celebrate Life through Dance."
-- written by Annalee Stone
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