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In the world of electronic dance music, the term “Pioneer” is not gained easily. It is one you have to earn through years of breaking boundaries and taking chances with your work and skills. More specifically, in the Bangkok electronic music industry, there is a select group of artists who can rightfully put their name alongside such a tag, and one person who can carry such an accolade is Mikey Mike.
With a career stretching over 20 years as one of Thailand’s most respected names in electronic music and clubbing, Mikey is highly regarded as the driving force behind the techhouse sound that today’s Bangkok club scene is built on.
His career has seen him play to up for it crowds across the globe at some of the world’s most famous nightclubs. From holding residencies in Bangkok’s most iconic clubs and various hot spots around the globe such as the famous Bed Supperclub and Narcissus, Baby’s at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas and Decibel Club in San Francisco– this year sees him holding down new residencies at two of Bangkok’s most important house and techno clubs, Sing Sing Theater, Levels and C’est La Vie. Add to that list his numerous guest appearances in Bali Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Switzerland and throughout the globe. It’s clear to see that Mikey Mike is a world-class powerhouse DJ and artist.
Inspired by the sounds of his tough-talking DJ sets, his sound has been rejuvenated of late by deep house, house and techno. Have a listen to his DJ mixes where loops, FX and samples are intricately laced with exceptional accuracy or his studio tracks where he’s known to experiment with sounds and compositions for days on end, this exploration of deeper, darker sounds seems a logical and natural progression.
Like most DJs, Mikey had a pivotal moment that catapulted him into professional DJing…. While attending a 5000 + event at an outdoor rave with headliners Altern 8, Kevin Saunderson and Moby held just outside Los Angeles in 1991 with his friend and mentor Markem X, one of the local DJs booked to play didn’t show up. The promoter in a panic needed a replacement on the spot. Markem pointed to Mikey and said, “He has his records, he can play!” Just like that, Mikey was then asked to perform for the very first time in front of a huge crowd with the extra-added pressure of being the last DJ to perform before Moby takes the stage. This was indeed a “trial by fire” and Mikey quickly ran to grab his records and make it back to the main stage in time for a 1-hour opening set for Moby.
As Mikey puts it, “I can’t even remember playing my first record, I was so full of adrenaline and sweat was pouring over my eyes, but somehow, I made it through…. the crowd was going crazy and when I finally saw Moby come on stage below me, he gave me the “thumbs up” to fade out my music…I was in another world…It was insane!”
Since that time, Mikey has gone on to play around the world with some of the biggest names in the business from My Digital Enemy, Calvin Harris, Derrick May, Lee Burridge, Danny Howells, Derrick Carter, Jimmy Van M, Pablo Ceballos, Bob Sinclar, Martin Solveig, DJ Garth, Doc Martin, Terry Francis, Diesel from X-Press2, M.A.N.D.Y., Paul Oakenfold, Roger Sanchez, Judge Jules, Sven Vath and many more.
He has completed remixes for Hardcore Lounge and Farrad and is currently working on his own original productions which have been released through top UK House label Zulu Records under the production name of “FREQS” with his studio partner and collaborator DJ Nudisko. You can also find him mixing DJ compilations for world famous brands such as In Bed with Space among others.
Today, Mikey Mike is synonymous with the cutting edge of the electronic dance music scene. As one of the world’s hardest working DJs and producers, he is a local legend in the Bangkok underground dance music movement and is constantly pushing himself to take his skills to the next level.
Some of Mikly Mike’s top clubs he performed: