101 with Mike Vale

Mike Vale is a Slovenian based Dj and producer with more than ten years of experience in the music industry. Mike’s passion for music began at a very young age while combing through his Dad’s extensive record collection. After years of spinning at local clubs, and countless hours of refining his craft in the studio, his breakthrough came in 2011 with his original production “Pretty Woman”. The track was released on respected Great Stuff label and got instant support from some big role players in the scene such as Carl Cox, Marco Carola and Pete Tong.

In the following years, Mike proved himself as one of the fastest rising talents in the scene (Beatport featured him in “Ones To Watch” and “Hottest Tech-House Artists”) which opened doors to work with legendary Roger Sanchez. It took them quite a while to finish their first venture and this year they’ve finally released“That Sound” as S-Man & Mike Vale on Toolroom Trax. Stirring a lot of action they’ve already lined up the next release “Do It Well” featuring serial UK chart-topper Kelli-Leigh on vocals. This track will also feature a video and is expected to heat global dance floors deep into 2017.

He started the year 2016 with a new drive and inspiration for the recent string of releases on labels such as Toolroom, Glasgow Underground, Insomniac and Undr the Radr.

 Event highlights have included Space, Ibiza for Carl Cox’s Revolution party, major festivals like Ultra Europe and Mystic Garden, his residencies at Cirkus Ljubljana, Slovenia (winter) and Byblos Porec, Croatia (summer) and regular guest performances at the cradle of regional electronic music culture, Ambasada Gavioli. 

What’s your favourite piece of gear – something you couldn’t live without?

It has to be my Quested studio monitors. I have a 4-system speaker with 15" subwoofers and that gives me a near perfect sound. In order to get as best sound as possible, you need a great acoustics of your studio and that is the most important thing for me.

Which do you prefer – playing at enormous festivals or intimate clubs?

I like to play either in a smaller club or in a big venue. The main idea is to create a vibe where the crowd is breathing and dancing with me.

Which is the most mesmerising club that you’ve ever played at?

Space Ibiza! The energy at this legendary club was incredible. Unfortunately, the club is shutting down this summer. I'm really proud and happy that I've had the privilege to play there on numerous occasions alongside big superstar DJ's such as Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, Adam Beyer, Mattias Tanzmann, Umek, Todd Terry and others.

What is your best and worst experience at a gig and why?

An interesting and also a positive experience was when I was playing in Seoul, South Korea. When I started my set there, I've heard a whole bunch of people screaming and funny thing is that guys were shouting as well. Weird, but why not :)

The worst experience was probably when I've played in one particular club and the go-go dancer spilt her gin tonic all over the gear. They had to replace the gear afterwards, so it was a bit funny also haha

Do you have any interests besides music?

I love all kinds of art, fashion, film. I'm also a big motorsport fan. I used to ride motorcycles on amateur races and in general, I do enjoy all types of adrenalin sports that include gasoline.

Do you enjoy sunset or sunrise sets? 

I think both are a beautiful thing. Maybe I prefer sunrise a bit more. It’s one of those special moments when everything is about music, love and you just let it go.

What do you like and what do you hate about the music industry? 

Well, the good thing is a fact that the music industry is constantly evolving and I've witnessed many beautiful moments in this profession. The problem is "over-saturation" and that there are too many artists that aren't part of this musical world because of the right purpose.

They act like they are part of some beauty or cooking contest show. But at the end, I'm absolutely happy that I can live from why I love to do.

If you could pick any artist to do a b2b set, who would it be?

Loco DiceJamie Jones.

What’s your biggest fear? 

That Paris Hilton will become a DJ. ,Oh wait!? :)

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a gig?

I've played at club Yucatan around 12 years ago and one super drunk guy fell down from the balcony which was above the DJ booth. The whole club felt his hard landing. I think he didn’t felt anything so it was OK to laugh haha.

Could you pick one timeless track? 

Dj Rolando - Knights Of The Jaguar

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 

Find a way to do what you love no matter what, no excuses. Peace out.   

By Saša, edited on 14 June 2018