To my shame I’d only heard of Mike when his Peak Hour Remixes CD came out in 2015 but he’s actually been DJing since 1986, with his DJ career beginning with a handful of 12″ records and two mis-matched turntables which he set out to learn the art of beat mixing. By late 1987 and 1988 He began working mobile jobs such as weddings, birthdays, and block parties with a neighborhood DJ company “All Night Long DJ’s”— before he was even old enough to drive.
By 1991, Mike owned his own DJ company “DJ’s In Control”, but his first real break did not happen until a year later at The Harbor Club in Queens. One night the regular DJ was unable to perform, and Mike (who was working as a bus boy at the time) was called upon to replace him. In 1998 he submitted one of his mixes to “Brooklyn’s Own” Joe Causi for his WKTU “Studio 54 Clubhouse” show. Causi was impressed at the skill level of the tracks, and placed Mike into rotation with other popular NY area DJ’s such as Jenny Costa, Johnny Rocks, Jimmy Yu, Antonio Corrao, Delmar Browne, George Calle, Sally Boy Curto, Louie Mangione and others. Not far after that, Mike began doing a once a week midday mix for 103.5 WKTU, as well as classic dance mixes for 102.7 Mixx FM (available to listen to on his website – link below).
Mike entered the remix world in 2010…….with only a modest desktop computer, a copy of Ableton Live , and a handful of multi tracks downloaded from the internet, but after meeting Tom Moulton in 2011, he began to understand the true art of the remix and with the tips from other legends in the remix game, Mike has created a signature sound with unconventional methods of mixing.
Favourite Disco Record?: If we are talking straight up commercial disco I’d say Odyssey – Native New Yorker…..love that lead vocalist
Favourite Not Disco Record?: Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting
Top 3 of the Moment: Simpson Iniquity – Running Away, Louie Vega New LP, Kenny Dope, DJ Gomi – Piano Groove
Favourite DJ?: Louie Vega…..inspired me to be a DJ
Weirdest Place Ever DJed: Topless Bar in Queens….DJ booth was the size of a broom closet and no monitor speakers