||Born in the Bay Area and raised in Southern California, Mike's musical journey began in fourth grade when he picked up a saxophone. His grandpa-figure, who also played the sax, inspired him early on with stories about seeing Count Basie and Duke Ellington live while his best friend's dad, who played guitar, introduced him to Sade and Grover Washington Jr. Eventually two turntables and a mixer became Mike's instrument of choice. It started when he heard a mixtape by DJ Icy Ice of the World Famous Beat Junkies. Hearing the chorus of "Saturday Love" by Cherrelle & Alexander O'Neal mixed with an electro cut that sounded kind of like Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" blew his mind. He couldn't believe he was hearing them at the same time. It was insane and he loved it. In 1994 Mike got my first pair of mismatched belt drive turntables and a Numark mixer and in 2001 he began a college radio show that he hosted and DJ'd for six years. It opened Mike up from his ever endeared 90s hip-hop and r&b club jams to indie rock, dance music, the D.I.Y. electronic / rock / experimental stuff coming out of The Smell in L.A. and more. Most recently Mike's been playing various gigs throughout the country from Nashville to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for James Franco, to an Ashley Paige runway event at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to name a few.
||Past & present clients and venues played include
The Standard Hotel
LA Convention Center
Hollywood Forever Cemetery