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From the moment he started his career as a DJ five years ago, DJ John Marks was in his flow, scoring high with hit singles like ‘Tracking’, ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Do it Again’. His worldwide success is due to his releases ‘Carnival’ and ‘Insanity’. John’s motto ‘Give your fans what they ask of you’, has made him popular throughout Poland, Russia, Jerusalem and Greece, where Marks is considered an absolute floor filler.
About two years ago, John started looking for ways to combine pop music and dance. He produced a remix of ‘Can You Feel It’ by The Jacksons, for the Toppers, which was used as the opening track for ‘Toppers in Concert 2007’. The single made it to 8th place in the Single Top 100.
In 2009, Gordon, René Froger and Jeroen van der Boom, worked with the young DJ again, producing a remix of their Songfestival track ‘Shine’. The Toppers and their managers were so enthused by the outcome, that John was asked to produce the final version for the Eurovision Songfestival.
Cooperating with the Toppers and scoring a Top 5 hit with ‘Shine’, inspired John Marks to take it a step further and to start working on more of these exciting and unexpected collaborations with a few Dutch and international celebs: the John Marks Project came to life. The first single will be a co-production of John Marks with none other than René Froger! The two men have just finished recording a new version of ‘Sledgehammer’, Peter Gabriel’s classic hit.
René is very happy about working with the dance DJ. He commented: ‘John and I are always busy working out new fun ideas together. We thought it would be great fun to bring together our musical worlds and work from John’s strong point’.
It was clear to them both from the start, that it had to be a dance version of ‘Sledgehammer’. ‘This song was at the top of our list to be recorded the way we’ve done now’, said René. ‘The song responds well to strong vocals and innovating sounds at the same time’.
27-year-old Marks says: ‘It was great to see René lose himself in ‘Sledgehammer’ in the studio. He put so much energy into the song, proving again how versatile an artist he really his. And this is just the start, because I have already been showing some other well-known artists around in the studio, to familiarise them with the dance scene. I can tell you, the results are amazing when you mix two worlds.’