Dutch DJ Marc Benjamin remixes ‘Amsterdam’ by Japanese production duo AmPm
‘Amsterdam’ was the fourth release in a jet-setting series of dance music tracks by AmPm named after cities worldwide where the duo have found inspiration.
The track has been featured prominently alongside figureheads of the dance music scene on Spotify playlists such as Friday Cratediggers, Electro Mix and mint Japan. It has been hotly received worldwide, leading to a guest DJ mix by AmPm on Italian radio show 105 InDaKlubb, and interviews with several influential dance music media such as EDM Nations.
Now, ‘Amsterdam’ has been remixed by Marc Benjamin, an accomplished rising artist with 1.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify who has previously remixed renowned artists such as Afrojack and Zedd.
As one of Holland’s hottest DJs, Benjamin has been a five-year resident at Amsterdam’s largest nightclub, Escape, as well as headlining the Ultra Bali festival.
The track is a combined effort between AmPm collaborators worldwide, from remixer Marc Benjamin to Dutch dance labels TurnItUp Muzik and Blackhole Recordings. The original track’s melodic hook now carries a more profound emotional edge, combined with the addition of a deep rave-style sound, resulting in a denser dance vibe.
Message from Marc Benjamin
Honoured to remix this record from the mysterious Japanese act AmPm, and as being born and raised in the Amsterdam region, this record was the perfect match, enjoy!
Message from AmPm
This is only the second time we’ve ever had someone remix one of our tracks, and Marc Benjamin’s incredible music sense resulted in a song that sounds brand new. The remix is more emotional and more powerful than the original. We hope that you will listen to both versions to see how they compare, and we can’t wait to be able to play this remix in a DJ set ourselves when we are finally able to join you all in person again!
‘Amsterdam (Marc Benjamin Remix)’
Release date: December 17, 2021
Marc Benjamin profile
Marc Benjamin is in his prime. Coming from a musical family, with his sister also being a very talented DJ, music has been his passion since he was a child. The Dutch upstart achieved his first residency at the young age of 16, where he gained considerable experience and began to dip his toes into the European club scene. By the time he turned 17, Marc’s reputation had preceded him, and he was showcasing his talent internationally across Europe and, soon after, around the world.
Marc Benjamin’s big break came in December 2013 when his original single, ‘Riser,’ achieved a Top 10 slot in Beatport’s top 100 charts. The success of the track gained him international exposure and significant recognition within the dance community. After that, Benjamin collaborated with Laidback Luke on ‘We’re Forever’ and ‘Tell Me That You Love Me. Then, due to hard work and dedication to his craft, Benjamin was asked to play at the Ministry of Sound in London, followed by the world-famous Tomorrowland.
After a five-year weekly residency in Amsterdam’s largest nightclub, Escape, Benjamin collaborated with dance music icon Benny Benassi on ‘Who I Am,’ released on Ultra Music. Later, Benjamin released his single ‘Blow’ on Spinnin’ Records, with over 23 million streams on Spotify. Furthermore, Benjamin released his single ‘Thunder’ on Steve Angello’s Size Records. After playing Southeast Asia’s largest festival, DWP (Djakarta Warehouse Project), and gaining popularity throughout Asia, Benjamin was invited as a headliner to close the Ultra Music Festival in Bali.
Benjamin was summoned not once but five times for his remix work for Grammy Award-winning producer Zedd. His renditions of big hits like ‘The Middle’ and ‘Happy Now’ led Zedd to invite Benjamin to play on his ‘Orbit’ and ‘True Colors’ album tour in Europe. In 2019, Benjamin released his single ‘All The Time’ on Spinnin’ Records and signed exclusively to the Spinnin’ family. In 2020, He released two singles, ‘Wild Bill’ and ‘Horizons,’ on Heldeep Records, owned by Oliver Heldens, and collaborated with Fedde Le Grand on the single ‘To The Top.’
With the world’s most prominent artists nipping at his heels requesting collaborations and remixes, the future is bright for Marc Benjamin, who has received enviable support from the likes of Tiësto, Steve Angello, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Avicii and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike amongst many others. His sophisticated DJ sets are celebrated for their unique original main room sounds and his charismatic and classy posture behind the decks.
Be on the lookout for his newest original productions, collaborations, remixes, and an exciting tour announcement coming soon.
AmPm is a masked production duo from Japan who made a significant global impact with their March 2017 debut track, ‘Best Part of Us feat. Michael Kaneko’. The same year, they were the only Japanese artist to perform at Spotify On Stage, a festival in Indonesia hosted by Spotify. In 2018, they dominated stages worldwide, from Ultra Miami to shows in Korea and Japan, and even a headline concert in New York.
In addition to releasing their original music, AmPm has remixed tracks by famous overseas artists such as Afrojack, R3HAB and Nicky Romero, along with remixes for renowned Japanese artists like Gesu no Kiwami Otome (‘Black Parade’) and MONKEY MAJIK (‘Tokyo Lights’), and production for Ken Hirai’s track ‘Holic.’ Collaborating with a plethora of dance-music vocalists, they have released more than 30 tracks to date.
In March 2019, they were recognized at the Digital Contents of the Year 2018 / 24th AMD Award, winning the Special Jury Award. In June 2019, they produced V6’s ‘All For You.’ Today AmPm is one of Japan’s most in-demand music production exports, with fans among artists and music lovers alike.
Official website: http://ampm.tokyo/