Mike Pickering

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Mike Pickering
Born (1954-02-21) 21 February 1954 (age 68)
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Occupation(s)Disc jockey, record producer

Mike Pickering (born 21 February 1954)[citation needed] is an English musician and DJ.


Pickering was a DJ at The Haçienda's Nude and Hot nights, and later Shine. He worked for Factory Records,[1] where he signed Happy Mondays, To Hell with Burgundy and James, among others. With Hillegonda Rietveld, he was joint founder, writer and producer of Quando Quango,[1] and he later founded M People,[1] for whom he wrote and produced many songs and played saxophone live.[2]

Pickering now works as A&R within the Columbia label of Sony BMG,[3] where he works with the Gossip, Calvin Harris, Kasabian, and the Ting Tings.

In other media[edit]

Pickering appeared as himself in the film 24 Hour Party People. He supports Manchester City Football Club, and appeared in the documentary film about the club, Blue Moon Rising in 2010 alongside Noel Gallagher.


  1. ^ a b c Bush, John. "Biography: M People". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  2. ^ "BBC News | ENTERTAINMENT | Haçienda mementos sold". News.bbc.co.uk. 25 November 2000. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  3. ^ "The Attention Deficit Generation: interview with Mike Pickering". Fluxmagazine.com. Retrieved 17 December 2020.