Mike’s aka Dirk Dierickx started to DJ at the age of 16. He used the name DJ Mike, which is why, after he also produced under this name, he decided to change his real name from Dirk to Mike in 2001.
Mike is releasing under several project names like Solar Factor, Plastic Boy, Return of the Native, The Blackmaster and of course Push. His style of DJing is very similar to the music he makes, on a hard-edged tech-progressive trance tip. M.I.K.E is at the forefront of Europe’s new sound, regularly topping charts in several leading countries.
The story began when an 11 year old boy discovered the potential of samplers and keyboards… At the age of 18, Mike handed his first demo tape to the Antwerp based record company, ‘USA Import’. Shortly after, his first record, ‘Vision Act’ was released on the Atom label in 1992. Mike released a series of successful records before he signed up with Lightning in 1996. This gave him the opportunity to team up with Yves Deruyter, as his producer. Mike was behind YDR hits, ‘To The Rhythm, The Rebel" and more recently, ’Back To Earth’ and ‘Spiritual Feelings’. Pole positions in the worldwide dance charts were soon putting the Belgian dance scene firmly on the map.
M.I.K.E’s reputation shot through the roof, and although a commercial crossover had never been anticipated, in 1998 ‘Universal Nation’ by push took the world by storm, winning several dance awards, and undoubtedly being recognized as one of the classic records of the trance era. His Push follow up single, ‘Strange World’, destroyed hundreds of clubs across Europe, in the same vein as ‘Universal Nation’. This was followed by yet another blockbuster, ‘The Legacy’ once again topping all dance charts across Europe and entering the British National charts at #21. Over the years Mike received several music awards including best club singles and best dance-producer, and entered 6 times the national top 40 in the UK.
Mike also teamed up and did remixes for Sinead ‘O Connor, Moby,Mauro Piccoto,Bom Funk Mc’s,Oliver Lieb
This kind of success did not go unnoticed, as M.I.K.E. was asked to DJ at some of the best venues in the world, including: ‘Gatecrasher’ and ’Godskitchen’in the UK, ‘Fura’ and ‘Vel Farre’ in Japan, ‘Massive and ’Trance Energy’ in Holland, ‘Limelight’ U.S. and the Berlin Love Parade are a few to mention
MIKE joint forces with Armada for his new Club Elite label. His new single “Turn Out The Light” (under his own name) will be released on Armada’s Armind label. You can find more info about this on this site soon!