Mike ‘Misiu’ is a producer and DJ who has been a devoted part of the underground scene in London and beyond for many years. Wildly passionate about DJ culture, record production (and records in general), his love for the craft is reflected in his dedication and contribution to the artform. From modest beginnings he has ended up producing seminal dancefloor tracks that have found their way into the record boxes and playlists of some of the most celebrated DJs around the world.
After a run of highly sought after vinyl only Disco rework EPs, including the infamous ‘Nobody’s Got Time’ edit on Secret Squirrels (as played by the likes of DJ Harvey, Artwork and Seth Troxler amongst others), Mike went on to release an EP on the respected New York label Razor n Tape. This 4 tracker contained reworks and productions ranging from the acid-disco-groove of ‘Loose Change’, to the euphoric Italo cut up ‘All A Dream’ to a couple of raw 4/4 grooves on the B side that fused soul samples and analogue drums into a pair of Deep House bombs. The EP was championed by DJs as varied as Danny Tenaglia, Disclosure and Crazy P and quickly sold out on vinyl. The digital release went on to be one of the top ten Disco bestsellers in the Traxsource and Juno end of year charts.
Hot on the heels of this release came another EP under the pseudonym Loose Change, this time for the ‘Balearic mafia’ label Pleasure Unit. Lead track ‘Do What You Need’ flipped some classic samples from Dexter Wansel’s ‘Sweetest Pain’ into an electronic disco gem and was a favourite of Bill Brewster and Nancy Noise among others. ‘Love Talk’ on the B side morphed an Issac Hayes breakbeat into a mid tempo bass heavy piano monster. The EP featured in the annual DJ History ‘Furtive 50’ – a list of favourite tracks of the year chosen by esteemed DJs and luminaries from the scene.
Still producing music that is as devoted to the dancefloor as ever, Mike has a number of releases lined up for this year along with the launch of his own vinyl label. He also continues his prolific output of personal remixes and versions specially for his (and others) DJ sets – have a listen to his unreleased re-work of Prince’s ‘Head’ for a lesson in dancefloor devastating edit action. Another side project Club of Jacks alongside Max One also continues to put out limited edition vinyl EPs for the House/Garage end of the underground.
Mike’s incendiary DJ sets over the years have moved crowds across the world, from London to Ibiza to Mexico. An intuitive and versatile figure behind the decks, he mixes a broad range of music including Disco, Deep House, Garage and Electronic grooves with his own special remixes and versions – to create something unique and memorable every time he DJs. Check out his fantasy NYC themed set for Razor n Tape or his podcast for Soultronic to get an idea of his sound and creativity on the 1s and 2s.
As much dedicated to the art of throwing a party as enjoying one, Mike is co-creator of the Cut the Rug parties which have been taking place in an assortment of lofts, basements, warehouses and ‘haunted squats’ around the east end of London over the last decade. As one of the resident DJs he has played alongside a gaggle of stellar guests over the years such as Paramida, Bill Brewster, Marcus Marr, Gop Tun and Pete Herbert.
Other gig highlights have included spots at Electric Elephant Festival, Secret Garden Party, Low Life and numerous exotic party dens of London town. A unique, principled and most importantly fun DJ – Mike always brings the party!
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