Mark "Peace" Thomas planned to record a remake of the KISS song "Do You Love Me?" for his debut CD titled "ManSmarts: The Music" (released on October 15, 2013) but he had enough original material to complete the project. "Peace" decided to wait until the summer of 2014 until his DJ work lead him to a chance encounter with a former member of KISS: Bruce Kulick.
Thomas is known for his DJ-MC services for weddings throughout Southern California but 2013 would see "DJ Peace" crossover from playing recordings to recording artist.
In September 2013, Mark ran into one of his hard rock heroes and former guitarist for KISS, Bruce Kulick, at Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California. This lead to Mark approaching Bruce about playing on a "DJ Peace" cover of "Do You Love Me?" Bruce agreed and liked the contemporary EDM-infused version of the song.
"Bruce adds that classic KISS sound to the track which is very contemporary sounding," stated producer Jeff McCullough. He added: "DJ Peace has arranged the song with a ZEP-style guitar riff and added a solo that was never there which really makes the song rock!"
DJ Peace is treating his new recording as a tribute to KISS with a release date of April 10, which is the day the founding members of KISS (Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss) will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.