EAST MORTON DJ Owen Norton has returned from a headline tour of China where he was treated like a rock star.

He mixed his music on stage in front of thousands of clubgoers every night before flying across the vast country to the next city.

The teenage songwriter and record producer received a rapturous reception for his blend of dance hits, self-penned songs, and his iconic remixes of chart songs.

Owen was able to play unfinished versions of his own material to check what went down best with clubbers so he could then return to the studio to finish the songs.

Owen landed the headline tour this summer after receiving acclaim for his remixes of songs by stars like The Chainsmokers and Selena Gomez.

He said: “I played seven shows in seven cities, and each one was for over 1,000 miles apart. The country is huge.

“There were some of the best shows I’ve ever done – there was a full crowd every time. The crowds are insane – there have more energy than the European clubgoers.

“They did signs in the clubs with my name on – a couple of them have big posters of me. It’s pretty surreal to go past a billboard with name on it.”

Owen is no stranger to playing nightclubs abroad – he recently flew to Poland for a one-night performance – but the Chinese tour was his biggest yet.

It came about after an Asian company approached a Dutch management company, that works with international acts, in search of rising club star.

Owen said: “We’ve have been trying to work out this tour for about six months. I was the headline act and every club had a local DJ.

“I was out there for just over two weeks so I had some downtime in the middle of the week. Sometimes I did the tourist thing, other times I was playing until two in the morning and had to fly out at 7am.”

Owen specialises in remixing chart hits so they are suitable for the dancefloor, and his manager is often approached by record companies to give the songs a club-friendly overhaul.

Meanwhile he is working in the studio on his own pop songs, using real instruments including acoustic guitars alongside state-of-the-art technology.

He added: “The fun thing about touring I can try out things that aren’t finished. I can play it and see what parts work.”

Last year, at the age of 18, Owen achieved global success with his remixes of songs by major artists.

The music student released official remixes of tracks by The Chainsmokers and Selena Gomez.

Millions of music lovers across the world have listened to Owen’s take on the songs after he spent hours adapting them in his home studio.

He decided to follow up the remixes with the release of his own single, and went on to create official remixes for other artists on major labels such as Universal.

DJ and music producer Owen attended Ermysteds School in Skipton before moving on to Leeds College of Music for the final two years of his education.

He said: “I’ve been producing for about six or seven years. I’ve always been into electronic music as my dad was a club DJ before I was born.

“I’ve been sending music to the Chainsmokers for three years or so, and they give me a lot of feedback and advice that has been really useful for my career.

“I did a remix of their track Young, which did really well with around two million plays, so they came back and asked if I’d like to give the new single Sick Boy a go!”

The Chainsmokers remix had more than 300,000 total streams.

Type “The Chainsmokers – Sick Boy (Owen Norton Remix – Audio)” into YouTube to hear Owen’s remix.

The Chainsmokers are an American DJ/production duo made up of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, who play EDM-pop. Their first hit #Selfie, in 2014, was a top 20 single in several countries and their debut EP Bouquet. The following year featured US top 10 single Roses.

Selena Gomez is a chart-topping American singer who began her career with the Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place.

• Owen’s own music can be heard on music streaming service Spotify.