dj Smiley Mike was the name given to me by the late 90s underground trance scene in and around Vancouver. By the time I started to DJ in '94, I had already been frequenting Vancouver's underground warehouse parties for a few years. Just as it was back then, I have a fierce passion for EDM and especially trance.
In the mid-to-late 90s I became involved with a group loosely known as The Spirit Circle, DJing at various underground parties and outdoor gatherings, many of which were set up in the forests around Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton. My musical taste covered a broad range of trance, but my favourite style is still that middle ground where driving hard, acid-lined trance meets with epic breakdowns and builds.
After first DJing for CiTR in 1994, I returned in 2001 to launch Trancendance, my own weekly radio show dedicated entirely to trance. The show is unique in that it still broadcasts live over FM airwaves, in additional to Internet stream and podcast. Now in its 12th year, listenership has spread internationally with a community of over 25,000 fans and large followings in Mexico, India, Europe and South America.
Today, I play mainly progressive and full on psytrance. My music library has gone digital, but I still play on Technics 1200s with vinyl control records. I attack every mix as though it were a live mashup, constantly creating new sounds with the help of live effects and samples.