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  MARK LEWIS

   

 


 

   

  

   

 

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 website, www.DJMarkLewis.com 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. Formula details

And remember, as Mark Lewis always says: "Celebrate Life through Dance."

-- written by Annalee Stone

 

Mark Lewis Mixology
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