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|Native name||Μιχάλης Έξαρχος|
|Birth name||Mihalis Exarhos|
|Also known as||Stereo Mike|
|Born||1978 (age 36–37)
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B, rap|
|Occupation(s)||singer, songwriter, producer, lecturer|
|Labels||Mo' Money Recordings, Minos EMI|
Mihalis Exarhos (Greek: Μιχάλης Έξαρχος) (born 1978 in Piraeus, Greece), known professionally by his stage name Stereo Mike, is a Greek hip hop artist. He is the first MTV EMA Award winner in the "Best Greek Act" category. Stereo Mike represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 alongside the singer Loucas Yiorkas with the song "Watch My Dance", placing seventh with 120 points.
Exarhos was born in 1978 in Piraeus, Greece to a Greek father and Croatian mother from Rijeka. At the age of 18, his musical interest brought him to the UK for education in the field at the universities of Leeds Metropolitan University and University of Westminster. In the next four years he obtained two degrees, Bachelor of Music Technology and Master on Sound Production. During his studies, Exarhos worked as a sound producer at Vault Recording Studios in Hackney, London, where he worked with several British hip hop artists, including Klashnekoff, Bury Crew, Skinnyman, Taskforce, Iceberg Slim, Mike GLC and JMC.
Exarhos also worked as a producer at AMG Records, which led him to his first recording contract as "Stereo Mike" with AMG's hip-hop sub-label Mo' Money Recording$. Within two years he composed and produced his debut album, while accepting a postgraduate lecturing position at London's University of Westminster in music production. He released his debut album in Greece titled Satirical Nomads by Mo' Money Recording$ under license to Universal Music Greece. The album's singles included the anti-racism anthem "O Allos Babis" and the remix "I Polis".
Stereo Mike was nominated at the Mad Video Music Awards in 2005 for "Best Hip-Hop Video Clip" and in 2008 for "Best Hip-Hop Video Clip" and for "Video Clip Of The Year".
Stereo Mike subsequently signed to Minos EMI for his second album titled XLI3H, which is leet for the Greek word Εξέλιξη, meaning evolution. He is concurrently doing research work toward a PhD in music.
Stereo Mike is the first MTV EMA Award winner in the "Best Greek Act" category, which came into effect with MTV's 2008 regional launch in Greece. He was also nominated for Greece in the category of Europe's Favourite Act for 2008.
- 2004: Satirical Nomads
- 2007: XLI3H
- 2011: Aneli3h
- 2004: "O Allos Babis"
- 2004: "I Polis"
2005 Mad Video Music Awards:
- 2007: "Fevgo", feat Haris Alexiou
- 2007: "Des Kathara (Face à la mer)", feat Andriana Babali
- 2008: "Anagnorisi"
- 2008: "Alli Mia Nihta", feat Shaya
- 2009: "Peraia Mou"
2008 Mad Video Music Awards:
- 2008: "S'opoion Aresei (Dansonra)", feat Tamta
- 2008: "Piase Me", feat Eleni Tsaligopoulou
- 2009: "Peraia Mou"
Eurovision Song Contest 2011