Originally from New Zealand, DJ/producer and keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe has long been at the forefront of the nu-jazz scene, blending jazz and ethnic music with urban grooves, house, breakbeat, drum 'n' bass, and hip hop. What really sets Marc apart is that his original music and remixes often center around jazz played with real instruments, so his sound is more live than many of his contemporaries. He’s remixed Bill Evans featuring Les McCan and Danilo Perez’s "Pan Africa", and his debut recording Six Degrees, released in 2000, has been championed by such heavyweight DJs as Jazzanova and Gilles Peterson. In describing his jazz influences, Mark said, "I've grown up playing jazz music, and always listening to the contemporary music that's been around me. To me, jazz is about spirit and it reflects all my experiences and surroundings — It's the grooves I've always loved in dance music and the sounds that I've always been turned on by in jazz . . . so to me, it's all jazz, and it's all dance music."