Mike Pickering

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Mike Pickering is a British musician and DJ.

He was born 21st February 1954 in Manchester. He 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, amongst others. With Hillegonda Rietveld, he was the founder, writer and producer of Quando Quango,[1] and later founded M People,[1] for whom he wrote and produced all the 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,. Pickering 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.