As one of the most charismatic individuals to smash his way onto the house music scene in recent years, Micky Slim is the Birmingham-bred bad boy that has arrived and is ready to take over. For if 2005 was the year clubbers started murmuring about that boy Slim, then 2006 was the year they started shouting it from the hilltops. And who can blame them? With an outstanding production portfolio that has had a phenomenal success rate of being heard on BBC Radio1, an international residency that gives Micky global exposure, and a few helping hands (more later), its clear that Micky is not just one of the UKs finest up-and-coming talents, he is getting recognition the world over.
Although Mickys love affair with house dates back over ten years, it was only two years ago that things really started to happen for him. After playing various bars and clubs around the midlands, Micky rented the Canal club in Wolverhampton in April 2005 to host a Tsunami fund raiser. The night proved a monstrous success and repeat bookings at the venue gave Micky the chance to shine alongside the likes of Yousef, Jose Nunez, Richard F and Tom Neville. At the same time Micky was making a big impact on the Birmingham after hours scene, which gave him the chance to develop his style and make his sets even more unique.
The wheels however properly turned when Mickys quickly growing fan base came to the attention of Godskitchen promoter Mark Gillespie. Gillespie was quick to install Micky as Godskitchen Electric resident, a very special moment for Micky especially considering he had been a regular at the club from its beginning at the Sanctuary and had attended every one of Godskitchens colossal Global Gathering festivals. Mickys Gods residency has seen him play regularly to a rapturous home crowd alongside the likes of Erick Morillo, Chris Lake, Richard Dinsdale, James Zabiela and Fergie, as well as debut at Global, which he achieved in July. Almost 50,000 people converged on the festival at Long Manston Airfield near Stratford Upon Avon with Micky playing in the same arena as Deep Dish, Steve Lawler and Tiesto. And with James Zabiela stuck in traffic, the BBC gave Micky the opportunity of a lifetime by recording his set for broadcast on the Essential Mix. Micky duly responded by delivering 45 minutes full of filthy acid, wonky electro and twisted tech house to a worldwide audience. This is without doubt the finest moment in Mickys career to date. Such exposure has resulted in major interest from throughout the UK and abroad — deserved credit for such a memorable performance.
2006 has seen regular gigs in Poland where Micky has played at Piecarnie in Warsaw, Pepper in Bydgosczcz and the OCE festival also in Bydgosczcz. July saw Micky play Sunrise festival in Kolobrzeg which is the Polish equivalent of Global Gathering. Micky has been fortunate enough have secured a few gigs at the mighty Lush in N.Ireland, an achievement he extremely proud as Mickys dad is Irish & he feels the Lush atmosphere is undoubtably one of the best in the world. He has even been lucky enough to play at Space B2B with Radio1s Mark Trophy for Kissdafunk this summer
If 2006 wasnt big enough already for Micky, then the cherry on top comes courtesy of the creation of his own record label, Bomb Squad Records, which came to fruition earlier this year. The labels first release was the awesome Acid Is The Bomb, which came with a Jon Gurd remix. It achieved considerable success following major support on Radio1 from Fergie. Micky will follow this up with the release of Wow in September, another superb effort and a clear sign that if Mickys DJ & production career is anything to go by, this label is set to make a huge impact. A collaboration with Chris Lake titled Shake (due for release on Rising), as well as remixes of Calvin Harris Girls, DJ Grad Piano 99 (Rising Trax), Seb Fontaine & Jay P Do The Do, Jaydee Plastic Dreams (Incentive), Chad Lewis Raw Kemistry (Groovedigital), and Adonis Rockin Down the House (Simply Vinyl), have all received tremendous support from Radio1 and are set to raise Mickys profile yet further.
“Micky’s rise in the midlands has been nothing short of phenomenal this year, his standard of production is excellent and i think he is definitely someone to look out for in 2006 – he has my full support.” Nic Fanciulli on Micky Slim