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Alex Seaver, better known by his stage name Mako, is an American DJ and singer-songwriter from Los Angeles.[1][2][3][4][5] The project Mako originally started as a duo with producer Logan Light, who left the group in 2017. Mako rose to prominence in the electronic dance music scene from their single "Beam", which was remixed by Dannic on Revealed Recordings and played at festivals worldwide.[6] One of their most recent works was "I Won't Let You Walk Away", a vocal version of their previous single "Sunburst", with vocalist Madison Beer of YouTube fame.

Mako
Origin San Diego, California, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • musician
Instruments
  • Digital audio workstation
  • keyboard
  • guitar
  • synthesizer
Years active 2011–present
Labels
Website wearemako.com
Members Alex Seaver
Past members Logan Light

Contents

CareerEdit

2011: Formation of MakoEdit

Before an introduction was made, the two artists spent their early life progressing musically in different worlds. Both members' fathers were paired as roommates at Syracuse University and were good friends.[6]

Logan Light, who was part of Mako, went to Columbia University in New York City before heading for the University of Michigan. He attended the university, majored in communications and graduated in 2011.[7] While his parents were reluctant to accept his career choice (of DJ-ing), they eventually lent Light some money so that he could buy some DJ equipment such as turntables to play at parties. His career blew up when he started to book gigs and associate with world-known DJs like Above & Beyond and Zedd. Within only several years, Light had opened for some of dance music's biggest international acts, including Tiesto and Avicii.[7][6]

Seaver attended The Juilliard School on full scholarship as musician.[8][6] Having played with some of the world's elite classical artists in the most storied of venues, he knew he was destined for an unusual path.[8] Upon graduating school in New York City, Seaver moved to Los Angeles after being selected for the ASCAP scholarship workshop for scoring music to film and television. He is also a singer-songwriter and regularly contributes vocals to Mako's songs.[9]

After graduation, Light met Seaver in Los Angeles.[7] They come from different musical backgrounds, as Light had performed mostly electronic music for clubs and parties and Seaver had just graduated from Juilliard with a scholarship for a studio orchestra. Mako was formed after the 2011 Electric Daisy Carnival when Light invited to Seaver to "witness his world".

Light spoke of Seaver in an interview, saying "Thankfully, Alex has the brain of a musical genius. He hates when I say this, but he probably is the most talented musical person I've ever met. And none of what we do would be possible without him. I mean he's the brain of it all, and I'm lucky to be along for the ride. Musical composition is his world, and every once in a while I add my two cents and he says, 'Oh that's smart,' but that's his cup of tea, not mine."[7]

Since their start, Mako has built a working relationship with Interscope Records, quickly finding themselves in studio with some of EDM's top artists such as Avicii, Sander van Doorn, R3hab, DubVision and many others.[6] Mako's first label release, "Into the Light" featuring Sander van Doorn was released on Dutch label Spinnin' Records.[6] It reached number 3 on the Beatport Top 100 chart in one week and remained in the top 5 for over two weeks.[8][6]

2013–2015: Debut single with Sander van DoornEdit

On May 13, 2013, Mako released their debut single with Sander van Doorn and DubVision titled "Into the Light" featuring Mariana Bell. An official music video was uploaded on Spinnin' Records' YouTube channel nine days later.[10]

On December 16, 2013, they released "Beam" as a single which was mixed by Dannic. An official music video for the song was uploaded by Revealed Recordings' YouTube channel three days later.[11]

On August 12, 2014, they released a single titled "Our Story" along with an official music video on YouTube uploaded by Ultra Records.[12] A remixes EP of the song was also released.

On February 24, 2015, they released "I Won't Let You Walk Away" featuring Madison Beer. An official music video was uploaded on the same day.[13]

On August 14, 2015, they released "Smoke Filled Room" as a single via Ultra Records. Later, they released a remixes' single of the song along with an acoustic version and two more remixes. An official music video of the song was uploaded by Ultra Records' YouTube channel five months later. An official music video for the acoustic version was also released by Ultra Records.[14]

Mako featured in Steve Angello's song titled "Children of the Wild". A music video was uploaded on Steve Angello's YouTube channel.[15]

2016–present: Debut album and departure of LightEdit

On April 21, 2016, "Into The Sunset" was released as a single on YouTube. On October 25, 2016, Mako announced that their debut upcoming album, "Hourglass". On 19 November 2016, they released the single "Let Go Of The Wheel".[16]

On 9 December 2016, they released their debut studio album, "Hourglass" via Ultra Records.[9][17]

On March 6, 2017, Light shared a handwritten note that stated he would be taking a break from touring with Mako during 2017, leaving Seaver as a solo act (with a backing back) on their tour that year.[9][2] At some point during the year after the announcement, Mako officially became a solo act, with Seaver releasing "Breathe" in December as a solo artist.[18]

In an interview on January 26, 2018, Alex Seaver discussed the details of Logan Light leaving the group. "What actually happened was he was in law school for the last couple years, killed it, passed the bar, and then got a huge offer at an amazing firm. The dynamic between us was so different than most people. I actually made all the music, all the way back from ‘Beam’ until now, and then he would meet me on weekends and be kind of the leader of the DJ set. So he would prepare the set, I would write all the music, and then at almost the right moment, his life took off in a different direction while I started making other stuff other than dance music."[19]

On February 13, 2018, a collaboration between Kill the Noise, Illenium and Mako, titled "Don't Give Up on Me", was released as single via Proximity. The song was initially leaked in the Reddit community by fans who revealed the link to the then-unreleased version of the song that was published on Mako's YouTube channel.[20]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Dance

[21]
Hourglass
  • Release: Dec 9, 2016
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • Format: Digital download
  • Producer: Mako
5

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL
(V)

[22]
BEL
(W)

[23]
US
Digital

[24]
US
Dance

[25]
"You Were Here" 2013 Non-album singles
"Into the Light"
(with Sander van Doorn and DubVision featuring Mariana Bell)
1[A] 16[A]
"Beam (Dannic Mix)"
"Our Story" 2014
"Sunburst"
"Ghosts"
"I Won't Let You Walk Away"
(featuring Madison Beer)[26]
2015 33 43
"Not Alone"
(with Paris & Simo)
"Smoke Filled Room" 20 27 Hourglass
"Way Back Home"
"Into the Sunset" 2016
"Wish You Back (The Him Radio Edit)"
(featuring Kwesi)
"Let Go of the Wheel"
"Breathe" 2017 Non-album singles
"Don't Give Up On Me"
(with Illenium and Kill The Noise)
2018
"Murder"[27]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

Single Year
"Can't Stop This Feeling"
(Greg Cerrone featuring Mako and Angel Taylor)
2013
"Children of the Wild"
(Steve Angello featuring Mako)
2015
"Don't Give Up on Me"
(Illenium and Kill the Noise featuring Mako)
2018

RemixesEdit

Title Year Album Label
"Spaceman" (Mako Orchestral Remix) (by Hardwell) 2012 Non-album single Revealed Recordings
"Shadow of the Sun" (by Max Elto) 2014 Shadow of the Sun Remixes Atlantic Records
"Piercing Light" (League of Legends theme song) 2016 Warsongs None (Promoted by Riot Games)

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  • A ^ Did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked on the Dance Bubbling Under chart.[22][23]

SourcesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "MAKO'S LOGAN LIGHT ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM THE ROAD". Retrieved 2018-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Mako Biography". AllMusic. 
  4. ^ "Mako Biography". www.billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  5. ^ "The Nocturnal Times Exclusive Interview: Mako | The Nocturnal Times". www.thenocturnaltimes.com. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Mako Biography". MTV. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  7. ^ a b c d Lerner, Rebecca (15 September 2015). "Artist Profile: Logan Light keeps gaining crowds and confidence". www.michigandaily.com. Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  8. ^ a b c "About Mako". wearemako.com. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  9. ^ a b c Desk, BWW News (9 December 2016). "MAKO Debut Album 'Hourglass' to Release Today". Broadway World. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  10. ^ Spinnin' Records (March 22, 2013), Sander van Doorn, DubVision Vs. MAKO feat. Mariana Bell - Into The Light (Official Music Video), retrieved 2016-09-02 
  11. ^ Revealed Recordings (December 19, 2013), Mako feat. Angel Taylor - Beam (Dannic Mix) | (Official Music Video), retrieved 2016-09-02 
  12. ^ Ultra Music (August 13, 2014), Mako - Our Story (Official Video), retrieved 2016-09-02 
  13. ^ Ultra Music (February 24, 2015), Mako feat. Madison Beer - I Won't Let You Walk Away (Official Video), retrieved 2016-09-02 
  14. ^ Ultra Music (March 3, 2016), Mako - Smoke Filled Room (Acoustic Video), retrieved 2016-09-02 
  15. ^ SteveAngelloVEVO (September 16, 2015), Steve Angello - Children of the Wild ft. Mako, retrieved 2016-09-02 
  16. ^ "Let Go Of The Wheel (Original Mix) by Mako on Beatport". www.beatport.com. Archived from the original on November 19, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  17. ^ Desk, BWW News. "MAKO Announce 'Run For Your Life Tour,' Debut Album 'Hourglass' Out Today". Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  18. ^ "Current Vibes Playlist: LA-Based Electronic Producer Mako Delivers A Diverse Selection". Magnetic Magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-29. 
  19. ^ Thompson, Ian. "Mako Discusses 'Breathe' Tour, Live Band Performance & Logan Light". EDMTunes. Retrieved 8 February 2018. 
  20. ^ George, Rachel (February 13, 2018). "Illenium & Kill The Noise Share Hauntingly Beautiful Record 'Don't Give Up On Me' Featuring Mako". Billboard. Retrieved February 15, 2018. 
  21. ^ "EDM Music & Dance Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-26. 
  22. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Mako". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  23. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Mako". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  24. ^ "Digital Songs". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  25. ^ "Hot Dance Songs". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  26. ^ "Mako feat. Madison Beer - I Won't Let You Walk Away". EDMTunes. 
  27. ^ "Murder - Single by Mako on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2018-06-24. 

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