Mix Master Mike

Mix Master Mike

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Michael Schwartz
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One of the premier scratch artists of the day, Mix Master Mike got his initial itch for vinyl while growing up in San Francisco listening to his uncle's extensive record collection, the sounds of which would regularly welcome him home after school. Years later, the moment that had the most impact on him was catching Grandmixer D. ST. on stage with Herbie Hancock.

With his newfound love of hip-hop and his foray into scratching, Mike got involved in the mobile DJ business playing house parties, weddings and all those other "cutting the chops" types of gigs, some for experience and the exposure. It was at one of those parties that he met Richard Quitevis, better known as DJ Q-Bert. Q-Bert wasn't a DJ at the time, but was so impressed with Mike's scratching technique that it had the same effect on him as watching Grandmixer D. ST. had for Mike. The following day, Richard went over to Mike's to watch him practice and it was there that the two quickly became friends.

In 1992, Mike was the first West Coast DJ to become World Champion by winning the New Music Seminar DJ Battle for World Supremacy in New York City. That same year, Mike, DJ Apollo and Q-Bert known as the first ever scratch band won the DMC World title. In 1993, Mike and Q-Bert decided to take the competition to the next level by teaming up as a scratch duo known as "The Dream Team" and won the title once again. In 1994, after winning three consecutive world titles and consistently coming out on top, Mike and Q-Bert were asked to step down from further competition as their domination was too much for the rest of the pack. The two performed an amazing "farewell" set and were honored to become DMC judges.

Shortly thereafter, friends and fellow turntablists Triple Threat, DJ Apollo (Apollo Novicio), D-Styles (Dave Cuasito) and Shortkut (Jonathan Cruz) joined DJ Disk, Mike and Q-Bert to form the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP), the most influential and recognizable turntablist crew in history. Though the ISP no longer exists, the five founders still remain close to this day.

It was a chance meeting at the Rock Steady Anniversary Jam in NYC in 1994 with Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys that would propel Mike to the next level. The two exchanged numbers and Mike often left crazy scratch messages on Adam's answering service. Fellow Beasties Mario C. and Mike D caught on to his scratch message craze and in 1997 requested Mike's studio work for their multi-platinum album Hello Nasty. Soon after completion of Hello Nasty's recording, the Beastie Boys offered Mike to become their resident DJ.

In the summer of 1999, the International Turntablist Federation honored Mike with a lifetime achievement award for the advancement of the turntable as a musical instrument. The new millennium brought more amazing things from Mike. In March 2000, the Eye Of The Cyklops EP dropped to brilliant reviews winning the California Music Awards as "Best New Electronic Album," with his first-ever mix CD Spin Psycle following in 2001. Also released was Return Of The Cyclops, a special anthology of Mike's works recorded before and after his seminal album, Anti-Theft Device. His most recent album, Bangzilla, was released in 2004.

Never one to take a break, Mike's credits also include his weekly "Spin Psycle" radio show on KROQ-FM Los Angeles, as well as working with EA Sports on the "SSX" and "SSX Tricky" video games and on "Jet Grind Radio" for Sega Dreamcast. He also produced music for the motion picture soundtrack for Jail, Hospitals & Hip Hop, hosted the ESPN Action Awards and is also prominently featured in the indie film Scratch.
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Mix Master Mike Discography Tracks

Albums

Mixmaster Mike* Needle Thrasher III Needle Thrashers US 1997 Sell This Version
Mix Master Mike Anti-Theft Device (Album) Asphodel US 1998 Sell This Version
Mix Master Mike Bangzilla (Album) Immortal Records (3) US 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Mix Master Mike Suprize Packidge (Single) Asphodel US 1998 Sell This Version
BAR 1002 Swollen Members Featuring: Del The Funky Homosapien*, Funkdoobiest, Mix Master Mike Swollen Members Featuring: Del The Funky Homosapien*, Funkdoobiest, Mix Master Mike - S&M On The Rocks / Committed / My Advice / Left Field(12") Battle Axe Records BAR 1002 US 1998 Sell This Version
EAR 001 Mix Master Mike Unidentifried Funk Octopus Presents Eardrum Medicine(12") Dirt Style Records EAR 001 US 1998 Sell This Version
ASP 0113 Mix Master Mike Valuemeal 12 Inch Combo Deluxe(12") Asphodel ASP 0113 US 1998 Sell This Version
Mixmaster Mike* Eye Of The Cyklops (EP) Asphodel US 2000 Sell This Version
Mix Master Mike Bangzilla: The Frequency Attack 12" (Single) Scratch Recordings, Immortal Records (3) UK 2004 Sell This Version
none Mix Master Mike Skullcandy Headphone Launch Party (7", Smplr) Serial Wax Murda Muzik none US 2009 Sell This Version

Compilations

none K-Solo, Kevin Madison, Zulu Gremlin, Mix Master Mike K-Solo, Kevin Madison, Zulu Gremlin, Mix Master Mike - Maintain: Street Sweepers Volume One(CD, Album, Comp) Waste Mgnt Records none US 2006 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

none Mix Master Mike The Landing Of The Unidentifried Flying Octopus In "Liquid Scratch Jazz"(Cass, Mixed) Dirt Style Records none US 1994 Sell This Version
Mix Master Mike Mix Masterpiece (Muzik's Worst Nightmare) Down To Earth US 1996 Sell This Version
none Mix Master Mike Memoirs Of A Serial Wax Killer(Cass, Mixed) Not On Label none US 1996 Sell This Version
none Mix Master Mike Rescue 916(Cass, Mixed) Not On Label none US 1996 Sell This Version
none Mixmaster Mike* Neckthrust One(Cass, Ltd, Mixed) Not On Label (Invisibl Skratch Piklz Self-released) none US 1996 Sell This Version
none Mix Master Mike The Explosive Box Cassette(Cass, Mixed) Unidentifried Funk Octopus Recordings none US 1996 Sell This Version
none Mix Master Mike The Unidentifried Essential(Cass, Mixed) Not On Label none US 1999 Sell This Version
POTB02 Mix Master Mike Return To Planet Of The Beats Volume 2(2xLP, Mixed) Empire Management POTB02 US 1999 Sell This Version
Mixmaster Mike* Spin Psycle (Comp) Moonshine Music US 2001 Sell This Version
MMM3001 Mix Master Mike 30 Minute Massacre(LP, Mixed) Not On Label MMM3001 UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Mix Master Mike Napalm Rockets(File, MP3, Mixed, 256) Not On Label none US 2010
none Mix Master Mike Magma Chamber(File, MP3, Mixed, 160) Not On Label (Mix Master Mike Self-released) none US 2016
none Mix Master Mike Untitled(Cass, Mixed, Promo) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Mix Master Mike The Serial Wax Killer - Unidentifried Decomposed Essential(Cass, Mixed) Not On Label none US Unknown Sell This Version