Dj Mike Bleackley (aka Madness) first experienced the genre of music that would become his life’s passion, house music, at a very young age. Listening to such influential artists and Dj's Kerri Chandler, Louie Vega, Frankie Knuckles, Todd Terry, Larry Heard, Ten City, Larry Levan and so on. He immediately fell in love with this music and knew that he wanted to be the person delivering it to the people, after buying some turntables and a mixer he began to master the art of turntabling.
Upon moving from Toronto in 1992 Dj Mike Madness worked hard to promote himself and was fortunate to be in the forefront of the thriving house scene that Vancouver developed, ("Deepcouver" was how Details Magazine desribed our scene here) where Parties were held in lofts, studio's and warehouses throughout downtown with details about getting to the party were vague and mysterious. These elements created a great vibe and produced a sense of uncertainty as these events could be shut down at any moment. That is "underground" and what our house music is about Freedom of expression through music and dance.
Over following years Dj Mike Madness attained residences and regular cameo's at a multitude of clubs all over Vancouver and BC including: Fortune Sound Lounge, Lotus Club, Joseph Richard, Red Lounge, Graceland, Twilight Zone, Bar None, Au Bar, Stone Temple, Voda, Richards on Richards, Mars/Wettbar, The World, Caprice, Plaza, Ginger 62, Sky Bar, Shine, Tommy Africa’s "Soul Kitchen" in Whistler BC, and the World Famous Commodore Ballroom. He was also the 1995 Winner of Alert magazines Dj Competition @ Richards on Richards and Winner of another Dj Competition held at Twilight Zone.
Dj Mike Madness has also had the pleasure of playing along side Dj’s such as Frankie Knuckles, Doc Martin, Francis Harris (Adultnapper), Pezzner, Jay Tripwire, Marques Wyatt, Julius Papp, Keoki and more. Also, Mexico has been a popular spot for Mike, Having played at Nikki Beach and Passion Clubs in Cabos San Lucas and La Santanera Club (Owned by Theivery Corporation) In Play Del Carmen during the 2009 BPM music festival. Asked why he loves to play house music Dj Mike Madness says that he, “Likes to play music with soul, whether instrumental or vocal, I want something that will touch the audience and connect with them on a deep level and guide them through the spirit of house music”.
Mike is a true veteran and pioneer of the house scene, a man whose love for the music he plays is apparent through his continued dedication to the music and the crowds with whom he loves to share it.