As a member of legendary East Coast Production Company Local 13, and as the DJ credited with founding Philadelphia’s trance music scene, Michael Myers has always been one of the most dedicated pioneers of the Eastern SeaboardÂ’s dance music community.
An intensely serious minded and driven individual, Myers was first exposed to techno in 1992 via the music of renowned DJs Josh Wink and Frankie Bones. Although Myers began his career behind the tables spinning hip-hop records, he quickly discovered that electronic music was his calling. Drawn to the melodic tones of progressive trance, Myers found it to be “more intricate to mix than people would thinkÂ…itÂ’s a style of music that is almost a pop format.”
Citing influences such as Frank Zenker, Dave Clarke, Commander Tom and Jon the Dentist, Myers flawlessly blends the flavors of progressive house and trance. He has found that “the energy and emotion of the progressive trance sound is incomparable to any other form of dance music.”
When describing his musical style, Myers says," I play whatever moves meÂ…its energetic, 4-to-the-floor, club-oriented dance music, with the occasional break beat or electro breakdown. I like to take a record that is basically a journey within itself and fuse it with other records to take the listener on a trip."
While pursuing his career as a DJ, Myers became deeply involved behind the scenes with two of PhiladelphiaÂ’s dance music institutions: Local 13 and 611 Records. A dynamic member of the Local 13 production company since 1995, Myers is involved in every aspect of their events. He serves as a DJ, promoter, junior partner and event coordinator, helping out with everything from booking the talent to decorating the event venue. Working with 611, Myers has been the store buyer for progressive house and trance since 1999, keeping up with the trends of what is new and hot as the genresÂ’ popularity have exploded. In 2000, Myers joined the 611 lineup as their sole trance DJ.
While gaining recognition at Local 13 events for his skills behind the tables, Myers quickly amassed an impressive touring schedule. As he traveled across the U.S., playing in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Phoenix and Pittsburgh, among other cities, MyersÂ’ popularity exploded back in his hometown.
In March 1998, Myers launched his now legendary club weekly, Faith Fridays, at Evolution, PhiladelphiaÂ’s pre-eminent dance club. He also maintains one of only two residencies at the club Â– the other being held by international trance superstar Dave Ralph. The weekly has featured an extraordinary list of guests, including Ritchie Hawtin, Dave Clarke, Mike Dearborn, Max Graham, Scott Henry, Joey Beltram and Sandra Collins.
In 2000 Myers picked up another residency in Philadelphia at Motion Night Club. This year he added another residency to his growing list: Club Buttons in Syracuse, N.Y.
Myers talents soon caught the attention of the SHR Group, a management company that runs some of the biggest dance music labels in the U.S., including Blueline, UC and Afterhours. SHR dubbed Myers as part of the “next wave DJs”, and licensed him alongside James Christian (Caffeine-NY), Slater Hogan (Indianapolis) and Paul Anthony (Chicago) to mix a compilation of their catalog tracks. Released in July 2001 on UC Records, 4X Harder Volume 4 is a four-DJ, two-disc set that features tracks from artists Lisa Pin-Ups, Nick Sentience, Don Diablo and DJ Yuri.
Myers is proud to admit that he receives a profound sense of confidence knowing thatÂ’s he working toward a solid career in the music industry without really having a blueprint on how its done. Says Myers: “Bringing Philadelphia an atmosphere that shows what dance music is all aboutÂ…is truly a wonderful gift.”