Mike Kelly born in Sydney exists for over 2 decades as a global DJ, Producer, Mixed Media artist across film/radio/print/design formats; is an Event Manager & Record Label Manager – creative both front of house & behind the scenes.
His fascination with 70s/80s indie legends (The Cure, The Pixies, The Stone Roses, Joy Division, Ride) & electronic sounds (Primal Scream, Beats International, PWEI, Portishead) provoked an early awareness of music & art as an existential necessity. Melody, meaningful content, innovation, individuality, emotional diversity, technicality - such concepts were everything.
Mike’s tastes gestated amongst warehouse & club movements of the 90s & its massively diversity (Hybrid, John Digweed & Sasha, Basement Jaxx, Underworld, The Chemical Brothers). The resultant divine audio traverses house - funky, tech, deep, real progressive - techno, electronica, & breaks.
As a DJ, Mike Kelly toured Australia’s East Coast extensively 1997-2005 & graduated in Music, Media & Cultural studies at Macquarie University, also managing events from chic boutique to clubs & festivals.
In 2005 Mike journeyed to Germany, deep into the unknown to evolve heuristically & experience empirically. He rapidly built an artistic reputation within Europe's electronic world. A brief stint in Frankfurt led to several years in Berlin before growing roots in Cologne.
The unique modes & moods, taste palettes & production techniques influenced his focus, technique, & conception of artistic sensibility. Spatiality & rhythm in Madrid; emotive, elegant melodies in Cologne; power construction in Rome; irrefutable energy in Paris; seriousness & playfulness in Berlin .
Mike's spun over 10 main-room Sydney Mardi Gras sets, held top resident role for 10 years at Germany's answer to Renaissance (Greenkomm), was a regular at Space Of Sound Madrid with a 3-year residency at their Infinita Festival to over 20,000-strong floors. Mike constantly tours Western Europe, Australia, Israel, & Mexico. His mixing is fresh & energetic. His sound is layered, hypnotic, warm & meaningful.
He's performed alongside Chicane, Boy George, Guy J, Armin Van Buuren, Rebekka Brown. He plays live percussion himself, as well as loves live collabs with Köln Philharmonie's lead violinist Dylan Naylor, Australian vocalists Natalie Gauci, Shauna Jensen, Jeremy Brennan, Roman vocalist extraordinaire Kevin Delite & his production partners Voltaxx, Jean Philips, Ben Manson, Daniele D'Alessandro, Ivan Gomez & Eastnwest.
The last decade Mike Kelly has produced & remixed with/for Voltaxx, Jean Philips, Thomas Penton, Natalie Gauci, Paulini, Dylan Naylor, Sua Amoa, Ivan Gomez, Giese, Ben Manson, Gallo & Alaia, Rebekka Brown, Miguel Picasso, Emrock, & Eastnwest on EMI, Baroque, Whore House, Jungle Tekk, S2G, Sorry Shoes, Guareber, Bedroom Muzik, Twisted, Tactical, & Vamos. The biggest hits reaching Australian & German dance charts as well as many a Beatport Top 100 or Top 10.
Supporters include Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Roger Sanchez, Tiesto, Erick Morillo, Jody Wisternoff, The Scumfrog, Paul Oakenfold, Hybrid, Markus Schulz, Hoxton Whores, Paolo Mojo, Sister Bliss (Faithless), Vanilla Ace & Joseph Capriati. His works consistently hit the pivotal Beatport Top 100 Charts across genres of house, tech house, techno, minimal & accapellas & place in Australian & German Dance Charts.
In 2009, Mike created “Sorry Shoes” label, a well-respected label amongst lovers of house, tech, progressive & techno after over 170 releases featuring artists from 5 continents. More info at www.sorryshoes.com
He’s hosted radio shows on 2SER FM, Beat FM, Out FM in Sydney since 1995, & currently Sorry Shoes Radio on Radio FG Club, www.gone1.fm, My959.FM Hawaii, & a guest on Ibiza Global Radio & Australia's Triple J.
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