One of the hottest new electronic music
acts to light up the global dancefloor is definitely Interstate.
With their first single "I Found U" seeing proper release
as a single this past week (out on Armada Records) the heat that's
been spreading like wildfire since this track was featured as the
theme song for the Peace Love & Beats documentary late
last year. "I Found U" then became one of the leading
tracks on ULTRA Record's 2004 massive compilation ULTRA Trance
4 and Paul Oakenfold included it on his Grammy-nominated Creamfields
With two more singles promised in the near future, we had to find
out more! We talked to Mark Lewis and Mike Burns, the production
duo who along with vocalist Colleen Kelly make up Interstate, to
get the inside scoop on their upcoming music video, future projects,
and how Interstate sparked so much interest with the top DJs around
Watch the INTERSTATE interview
& music video
After a stiff bidding war between dance music's top labels for
international release, Interstate found a home with Armin Van Buuren's
Netherlands-based label Armada Music BV. Through their new deal
with Armada, Interstate (DJ/producers Mark Lewis and Mike Burns)
will produce three singles. The first one, "I Found U,"
will be positioned as a huge breakout track at the Winter Music
Conference in Miami this March. With its enticing lyrics sung by
INTERSTATE collaborator Colleen Kelley and contagious chunky trance
beats, "I Found U" has been in heavy rotation by the genre's
biggest names including Paul Oakenfold, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van
Dyk, Tiėsto, Markus Schultz and Edgar V, who've supported the song
in their DJ sets and on-air radio shows. In addition, the song
hit the Top 20 of 2004 out of 600 tracks voted by listeners of European-based
Mark Lewis and Mike Burns met in 2000 when Burns began producing
locally in his Mixxboxx recording studio on Los Angeles' Melrose
Avenue. A mutual friend urged Lewis to contact Burns, stating they
might just have some good synergy, musically. Their vibe was created
in an instant and their sound was very well received by both progressive
house and trance DJ's -- so much so that their first track "Infared"
was commissioned by Paul Oakenfold for his Perfecto label Underground
Sounds of America EP.
Over the years, although individually focused on their own projects,
they've nurtured their friendship and a musical partnership emerged.
Mark Lewis' unique style of deep, sexy, progressive house sounds
fused with Mike Burns' love of vocal, dreamy trance music gradually
fused into the Interstate sound. "Interstate is about a vibe,
a feeling of celebration and joy
A rapture, captured sonically through
music," describes Mike Burns. Adds Mark Lewis, "My philosophy
has always been to celebrate life through dance. It's a dogma that
has proven to be quite effective in my musical production. Really,
we're just doing our thing, Mike and I have great chemistry."
Mark Lewis has been a leading figure in the industry for 17 years
as a seasoned international touring DJ. 2005 has started off with
a new Los Angeles weekly music lounge night called Harmonic and
a national U.S. tour with Carl Cox in March. In 2000 he founded
Mixology Inc. a LA-based multifaceted company encompassing a record
label and a production/events department that offers lifestyle options
for DJ's and DJ connoisseurs. Mixology recording clients have included
giants such as Ministry of Sound, Global Underground, Cream and
Perfecto Records. Lewis has also remixed works for Sean Paul, Kinky,
Erasure and Chaka Kahn, and has produced numerous mixed compilations
including Mixology (Topaz), ICU - Sessions Six (ICU Records), Global
Frequencies Tokyo (Phatt Phunk), House of Love 2 (VRG), A Taste
Of Logic - One (V Wax) and Mo' House Yo' Mama (Moonshine).
Mike Burns has been involved in the dance music scene in Los Angeles
since his arrival from his native Miami in 1999. Burns' remix work
includes credits for Gus Gus, Romananthony, and R&B artist Mystic.
His original productions have appeared in such film as Gus Van Sant's
Speedway Junkie and Phaedra Films' Double Deception.
Burns' music also ran in E!'s hit TV series "The Anna Nicole
Show" and he scored the theme song and two seasons of ESPN'S
first reality series "Beg Borrow and Deal," as well as
theme songs for the their quiz show "Hearsay" and the
hit sports TV talk show "Rome is Burning." Burns also
had his directorial debut last year, producing, editing and creating
the musical score for the dance music documentary Peace, Love
& Beats. Beyond working in INTERSTATE, he's also collaborating
with Markus Schultz on two songs as a vocalist and producer for
Shulz's upcoming artist album under his "Burnsie" moniker.
INTERSTATE's monthly radio mix show "Mixology" can be
heard on www.etn.fm the first Friday of each
month. Look for them on a DJ club tour this year.
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