It takes years for true professionals to build their names, because even the greatest of successes is all the more reason for them to continue evolving. Angelo Mike is exactly such a professional, and the idea of resting on his laurels has never even crossed his mind. Nonetheless, being a professional in every sense of the word alone in the job of a DJ and producer is only half of what is needed most, the rest is talent, which lures crowds to follow their beloved artist.
We are thinking about music here, and it was love of music which turned Jarek Czechowski into Angelo Mike and to this day strengthens his Prodigy. It is easy to relish success, give into hedonism, forget about the most important principles. “Music is the reason why I am at this point, still drawing joy from working. It constantly reminds me of why I got onto this road in the first place,” says Angelo Mike. And what has his choice meant? A dozen or so years of getting into DJ booths to give the crowd a piece of himself, so people can feel drawn into the story he is telling. During his gigs, the division between artist and fans is nonexistent. There is one perfectly harmonious whole supported by an amazing diversity of electronic music. Music, which makes every hour and every minute of the night an unforgettable experience.
Everything started in his hometown Nowy Sacz, where Jarek organized his first parties. If success were easily countable, it could be represented by the comparison of the amounts of people attracted to his ventures, a dozen or so in the early days and thousands at events like the Polish edition of Sensation White. But lots of other things had to happen in the meantime to make such success possible. One of the most important steps was the move to Warsaw, which is where he celebrated winning the title of the Best Polish DJ in LAIF magazine readers’ poll. He ended up winning 4 years in a row, but it needs to be stressed clearly that he earned each and every vote by playing in every part of the country with almost every big name in the international electronic scene. It was difficult to imagine a significant event without him at the time. Today, his place at the top of the scene lets him carefully choose where and when he spins, because he prefers places where he can be sure that the music profile and technical equipment will let him show his artistry in its entirety.
Polish DJs rarely go abroad to perform. This does not hold for respected producers of course, because they are a highly valued commodity in all four corners of the globe. Jarek is still working on his success story production-wise, but he is already got his fair share of rich experiences from his journeys to other countries. He was the first Pole to ever perform at Mayday in Dortmund. He played at Creamfields in Prague and German festivals like Soundtropolis, Nature One, House of Summer and Love Parade to name but a few. Multiple gigs in London, Dublin, Germany, Italy or Czech Republic have gained him fans far beyond the Polish backyard. We are also talking about the USA here, as Jarek rocked the dancefloor of Chicago’s club Vision in August 2007 and was back few months later to playing in great Congress Theatre with ATB.
Organising the aforementioned Polish edition of the world’s most spectacular dance event, Sensation White, is also an important aspect of Jarek’s life. Instead of passively observing the many faults, errors and shortcomings that so thoroughly plague his country’s clublife, he decided to take matters into his own hands. This is how the booking agency Sentence and the event agency Essence Music came into being. The first one focuses on professional management and promotion of talented artists, while Essence Music organized events with such names as Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, ATB, Above & Beyond or Tiesto. The second edition of Polish Sensation White was the best possible proof of how the biggest promoters on the planet trust the agency.
“Every single success opens the door to another one. I cannot and I do not want to stop. I am working with people who I deeply value. I am working for people that make me exist,” says Angelo Mike.