Mike Dierickx

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Mike Dierickx
Birth name Dirk Dierickx, but changed his name to Mike Dierickx in 2000
Also known as M.I.K.E, Push, Solar Factor, The Blackmaster , Return of the Native, Plastic Boy
Born (1973-02-20) 20 February 1973 (age 42)
Antwerp, Belgium
Genres Trance, progressive
Occupation(s) Producer, Dj, Remixer, Composer, Musician, Songwriter
Instruments synthesizer, drum machines, engineering
Years active 1992–present
Labels Club Elite, Coldharbour, Armada Music; Bonzai Records
Associated acts Armin Van Buuren, Tetsuya Komuro
Website www.mike.be

Mike Dierickx (born 20 February 1973), formerly known as Dirk Dierickx, and most commonly recognized under the aliases M.I.K.E., Push or Plastic Boy, is a Belgian DJ. Best known for the song "Universal Nation", he has also released other singles including "The Legacy" and "Strange World".[1] His style is primarily progressive trance.

Biography[edit]

Producing and DJing under the name M.I.K.E., he has been releasing records under the guises: Solar Factor, M.I.K.E, The Blackmaster, Return of the Native, Plastic Boy, Šand, and Push. In total, there are around 85 different aliases that span his career, because of either collaborations with other artists, or adapting new aliases simply to suit the nature of a particular track, covering the trance, techno and house scenes. As a DJ, Mike's style is very similar to the music he makes—progressive trance with a techy-edge. He is at the forefront of Europe's new sound, regularly topping the dance charts in several leading countries.

As an 11-year-old boy he discovered the potential of samplers and keyboards, his interest in electronic music developed further over the next years. 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 back in 1996.

M.I.K.E's became very popular and, in 1998, although a commercial crossover had never been anticipated, 'Universal Nation' won several dance awards, and is recognized as one of the classic dance-records of the trance era until this day. The number 1 position of the song in worldwide dance charts helped putting the Belgian dance scene firmly on the map. His Push follow-up single 'Strange World' was also a hit and played throughout hundreds of clubs all across Europe. This was followed by another excellent performing release, 'The Legacy', once again topping most 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 Sinéad O'Connor, Moby, Mauro Picotto, Bomfunk MC's, Oliver Lieb, Psy'Aviah, and Ian Van Dahl. 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 'Velfarre' in Japan, 'Dance Valley' and 'Trance Energy' in the Netherlands, and 'Spirit' and 'Spundae' in the U.S. Mike still holds residencies in Godskitchen and The Gallery in London. His Club Elite Sessions radio show clocks millions of listeners on a weekly basis, and tracks such as Elements of Nature, Canvas and Natural Source demonstrate that his appeal remains as strong as ever. And fresh from his acclaimed World Citizen album earlier this year, Schulz Music Group is delighted to announce the signing of M.I.K.E. Push.

Discography[edit]

As Push[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2000 From Beyond
  • 2002 Strange World
  • 2004 Electric Eclipse
  • 2009 Global Age
  • 2013 World Citizen

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[2]
1994 "Acid Hysteria" Singles only
1995 "Da Story"
"Blast Traxx"
1998 "The Real Anthem" Single only
"Universal Nation" 36 From Beyond
1999 "Cosmonautica"
"Til Me Meet Again" 46
"Universal Nation '99" 35 Single only
2000 "Electro Fever" From Beyond
"Strange World" 21 Strange World
2001 "Please Save Me" (vs. Sunscreem) 36 Singles only
"The Legacy" 22 From Beyond
2002 "Tranzy State of Mind" 31
"Strange World" (2002 remake) Singles only
"Universal Nation 2002"
"Dreams from Above" (vs Globe)
"Strange World/The Legacy" 55
2003 "Universal Nation 2003" 54 Electric Eclipse
"Tranceformation" (vs Globe) 92
"Journey of Life" 86
2004 "Blue Midnight"
"Electric Eclipse"
"R.E.S.P.E.C.T."
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As Plastic Boy[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2005 It's A Plastic World
  • 2011 Plastic Infusion

Singles[edit]

  • 1998 "Twixt"
  • 1998 "Life Isn't Easy"
  • 1999 "Angel Dust"
  • 2000 "Can You Feel It"
  • 2001 "Silver Bath"
  • 2003 "Live Another Life"
  • 2004 "Twixt 2004"
  • 2005 "From Here to Nowhere"
  • 2008 "Rise Up" / "A New Life"
  • 2010 "Chocolate Infusion" / "Exposed"
  • 2010 "Aquarius" / "Journey of a Man" / "We're Back To Stay"
  • 2011 "RED E.P"

As M.I.K.E.[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2006 The Perfect Blend
  • 2007 Moving On in Life
  • 2013 World Citizen

Singles[edit]

  • 1999 "Futurism"
  • 2000 "Sunrise at Palamos"
  • 2002 M.I.K.E. vs. John '00' Fleming - "Ice Cream"
  • 2003 "Turn Out The lights"
  • 2004 "Totally Fascinated"
  • 2004 M.I.K.E. vs. Armin van Buuren - "Pound"
  • 2004 M.I.K.E. vs. Armin van Buuren - "Intruder"
  • 2004 M.I.K.E. vs John '00' Fleming - "Dame Blanche"
  • 2005 "Massive Motion"
  • 2005 "Fuego Caliente"
  • 2006 "Voices From The Inside"
  • 2006 "Salvation"
  • 2006 "Strange World 2006"
  • 2006 M.I.K.E. with Andrew Bennet - "Into The Danger"
  • 2007 "Changes 'R Good"
  • 2008 "Nu Senstation"
  • 2008 M.I.K.E. with Andrew Bennet - "A Better World" - The Mixes
  • 2010 "Art of love"
  • 2011 "Back in Time"
  • 2012 M.I.K.E. & Maor Levi "Coleurs Du Soleil"
  • 2013 Rank 1 vs M.I.K.E. Elements Of Nature
  • 2013 "Canvas"
  • 2014 "Astrolab"

As Solar Factor[edit]

  • 2001 "Deep Sonar"
  • 2002 "No Return"
  • 2002 "Urban Shakedown"
  • 2004 "Fashion Slam"
  • 2005 "Global Getaways"
  • 2005 "The Rising Sun"

As Project M.C.[edit]

  • 2010 "Kontrol" / "Crossing The Sun"

Remixes[edit]

  • Art Of Trance: "Madagascar" (Push Remix)
  • Cygnus X: "The Orange Theme" (Push Remix)
  • Mauro Picotto: "Back To Cali" (Push Remix)
  • Moby: "In This World" (Push Vocal Mix)
  • Rio Klein: "Fearless" (Push Remix)
  • Sinéad O'Connor: "Troy – Phoenix From The Flame" (Push Remix)
  • Sunscreem: "Exodus" (Push Remix)
  • The Space Brothers: "Everywhere I Go" (Push Trancendental Remix)
  • Yves DeRuyter: "Music Non Stop" (Push Remix)
  • Robert Gitelman: "Things 2 Say" (M.I.K.E. Remix)
  • The Gift: "Love Angel" (M.I.K.E. Remix)
  • Armin Van Buuren: "In And Out Of Love" (Push Trancedental Remix)
  • Arnej: "They Always Come Back" (M.I.K.E. Remix)
  • Ramirez Vs. Nebula: "Hablando" (Push Remix)
  • Ayumi Hamasaki: "Boys & Girls" (Push Remix)
  • Ayumi Hamasaki: "Carols" (Push Remix)
  • Psy'Aviah: "Ok" (M.I.K.E. Remix)
  • Lange: "Kilimanjaro" (M.I.K.E. Remix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography: Push". Dance Vibes. 5 November 1999. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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