Mick (DJ)

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Birth name Mick Batyske
Also known as Mick Boogie
Born Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
Origin Brooklyn, New York[1]
Genres Hip hop, Open Format
Occupation(s) DJ,[2] Entrepreneur,[3] Consultant
Instruments Drums
Years active 1996–present
Website iammick.com

Mick Batyske (known by his stage name Mick, sometimes styled as MICK, and formerly Mick Boogie)[4] is an American DJ and entrepreneur.[3] He is an A-list DJ and spun private parties for celebrities including Kanye West,[5] LeBron James, Jay-Z and Will Smith.[6][7][8] In addition to his mix tape releases, he has performed in venues internationally, including New York City, Dubai, Tokyo, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.[9] As an entrepreneur, he has invested in various start-up companies including Localeur, in which he is also an advisor and consultant.[3][10]

Early life and education[edit]

Mick was born Mick Batyske in Youngstown, Ohio.[11] He attributes his musical taste to the different songs he listened to as a child.[2] His mother bought him records when he was young and he also learned to play the piano and drums while attending school.[3][8] He attended John Carroll University where he earned both a bachelor's degree and MBA.[2] While attending John Carroll, he worked as a radio DJ for WJCU 88.7, and later for Power 107.5 and Z107.9.[2] While attending grad school, he decided to turn his music hobby into a career.[3] After graduating college, he became the official DJ of the Cleveland Cavaliers.[12][13] In 2008, decided to move to New York City and ended up moving to Brooklyn, New York.[2]

DJ and performance career[edit]

Mick has performed in venues in the United States and internationally, including New York City, Dubai, Tokyo, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.[9][14]

Mick was the DJ at a private event for Jodie Foster at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.[15] The same year he deejayed at the "Two Kings" influencer dinner held by LeBron James and Jay Z, an annual event that he has made several appearances at since 2008.[16][17]

Mick expanded his performances in 2012 with a performance at Vibe's Magazine 20th Anniversary party.[1] He was also in attendance for Super Bowl XLVII where he performed alongside The Roots at the annual Madden Bowl party,[18] an event that he also performed for 2013.[19] His 2012 birthday party was an event that featured a set that he personally performed and a performance by DMC of Run DMC. He also performed at Brian Atwood's New York Fashion Week party at the Four Seasons[20] and a party for Aerosmith's Steven Tyler at The Darby in New York City.[21]

It was in 2012 that Mick began a one-year deejay residency at Hyde, inside the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada.[22] During one of his sets over Memorial Day weekend in 2012, Jennifer Lopez debuted her single Goin' In.[23] He also started touring internationally, including traveling with VH1 in India to promote its revamped VH1 India channel.[24] He also performed at Entertainment Weekly's annual EMMY Award party in Los Angeles[25] and on MTV during the MTV Video Music Awards' Rap Fix show.[26] His private performances in 2013 included a party hosted by Jay-Z and Beyonce during the NBA All Star Weekend in Houston, Texas[27] and the Miami launch event of a new Audemars Piguet watch, hosted by the company's brand ambassador LeBron James.[28]

Music and production career[edit]

Mick began releasing mixtapes after college. His collaborations have included works with Jay-Z, Eminem and Peter Bjorn and John.[29][30] His 2006 mixtape The Pre-Up, hosted by Eminem and The Alchemist (an early release of some tracks from Eminem Presents: the Re-Up), was cited by Rolling Stone as one of the top five hip hop mix CDs of the year.[31] In 2007, he worked with Little Brother on the mixtape And Justus for All.[32]

Also in 2007, Mick collaborated with Busta Rhymes to pay tribute to deceased producer James "Dilla" Yancey on the mixtape Dillagence. Busta Rhymes referred to him as a "hiphop historian" for putting together the project.[33] Mick has presided over several critically acclaimed mash-ups, including Adele 1988 (which combines Adele's debut album with artists ranging from Naledge to Big Pooh) and Viva La Hova,[1] which mashed up Jay-Z and Coldplay. In 2011, inspired by the A Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes, & Life, Mick released Excursions: A Tribe Called Quest mixtape.

In 2010, Mick began the release of a yearly mixtape called Summertime in which he collaborates with his childhood idol DJ Jazzy Jeff.[34][35] The series has featured new and unreleased material from Will Smith.[36] The same year, Mick started his twice-annual collaboration with Stylecaster called Sounds From The Front Row for New York Fashion Week.[37]

Mick was hired by HBO in 2011 to produce and mix the How To Make It In America soundtrack with Scott Vener.[38] In 2012, Mick released a mix called Obamify, a compolation mix of Barack Obama's playlist on Spotify.[39] Also in 2012, Mick collaborated with photographer Jonathan Mannion to pay tribute to his childhood inspiration, The Beastie Boys, with a mixtape entitled Grand Royal.[40] Gwyneth Paltrow also listed his remix "Lost Part 2" as one of her favorite songs to travel to.[41] Mick is the music supervisor and curated the soundtrack for NBA Live 14.[42] He was also nominated for an award by the Guild of Music Supervisors in 2014.[43]

Select discography[edit]

Year Title Notes
2014 Summertime Volume 5 Collaboration with DJ Jazzy Jeff[34]
2013 Sounds From The Front Row Collaboration with Stylecaster[44]
2013 Summertime Volume 4 Collaboration with DJ Jazzy Jeff[34]
2013 SlamXMick Art Basel Collaboration with SlamXHype[45]
2013 SXSWi Interactive 2013 Collaboration with Tristan Walker. Music chosen by leaders in the tech and entrepreneur community.[46]
2013 NBA Live 2014 Mixtape for EA Sports[47]
2012 Summertime Volume 3 Collaboration with DJ Jazzy Jeff
2011 Summertime Volume 2 Collaboration with DJ Jazzy Jeff
2009 Re-Living Thing Collaboration with Peter Bjorn and John[48]
2009 Biggie: Unbelievable Collaboration with Diddy.[48]
2009 2009:Grammy Remix Project Mick Boogie and Terry Urban mixtape compilation of the 2009 Grammy nominees.[48]
2008 1988 Mixtape with Adele.[48]
2008 Viva La Hova Mix tape with Jay-Z and Coldplay.[48]
2007 Dilla-Gence Mixtape with Busta Rhymes.[48]
2007 And Justice For All Little Brother mixtape. Also worked as A&R.[48]
2007 The Graduate Kanye West mixtape.[48]
2006 The Pre-Up Collaboration with Eminem and various artists. Includes pre-releases from Eminem Presents: The Re-Up.[48]

Business career[edit]

Mick is an entrepreneur and has invested in various startup companies.[14] In 2007 he co-founded Motivation Boutique, a hip-hop clothing store located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[49] It is located within the campus of the University of Michigan and launched an online store in 2009.[49] He is also known for branding and marketing, having spoken at events such as South by Southwest, New York University, and Digital DUMBO.[14] He has consulted on projects for HBO and scored national television commercials for Adidas.[14] He also starred in a national TV commercial for Microsoft Bing that premiered during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.[50] Additional appearances include City Girl Diaries and Rap Fix Live. As an investor, Mick has been involved with the startup of numerous companies including Localeur, Dart, and Stublisher.[51]

Mick brought his entrepreneurship and mixing together in 2013 with the release of SXSWi Interactive 2013.[46] The mixtape featured 24 songs and chosen by leaders in the tech and entrepreneurial community, including social media consultant Gary Vaynerchuk.[46]


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