Mike Risk's Upcoming Gigs
Sat 16 Nov, 19
O.W.A.P., RADION, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Biography Mike Risk
DJ / Creative Director
With ground-breaking concepts like Club Risk, Amsterdam nightlife authority extraordinaire Mike Risk introduced the lowlands to many legends of House music. For decades he has seen all there is to see in the crazy world of entertainment. Things come & go, but his passion for DJ-ing is inevitable & became his serious fun. Something he showcases all over the planet.
As a DJ’s DJ he is the living prove that you don’t have to be a producer to DJ & play all over the world. Through passion, dedication, skill & staying true to what he stands for, he has been able to share his passion for blending & mixing music into a story like groove that grabs people & makes them forgetting the world, while dancing & enjoying. His deep, uplifting & energetic DJ skills get recognition by the world’s very best & are a seamless mix of upfront New York garage & Chicago house, Detroit techno, deep house, disco & whatever feels right. Every set is a journey of digging through 25 years of music. There is no simple way to describe Mike Risk, but to put it all together one could say he’s a pioneer in the ever-evolving world of dance music.
Mike Risk got hooked on house at the age of 18 after moving to Amsterdam in 1988 & it’s been flowing & beating through his veins ever since. Together with former business partner Jeroen Roeleveld, he threw his first party in 1994; ‘Club Risk’ was a fact. Growing up to 140 parties a year nationwide, he made it normal to invite international headliners on a weekly/monthly base in a time foreign DJ’s were a rarity in Holland. Big names such as Derrick May, Kenny Dope, Louie Vega, Kevin Saunderson, Jeff Mills, Todd Terry, Mr C & Joey Negro. Acts like Kerri Chandler, DJ Rush, Mike Dunn, Ian Pooley & many more played in Holland first via Mike & the full list of guest artists is nearly endless. Most infamous were the weekly nights at ‘Winkel van Sinkel’ in Utrecht & ‘Club More’ in Amsterdam.
Parallel he started one of the first Dutch DJ agencies: ‘Risk Agency’, jumpstarting the careers of DJ’s like Roog (Hardsoul), Leroy Rey, childhood friend Eric de Man & more. Names such as Masters at Work, Kerri Chandler, Westbam, Jazzy Jeff, Ron Carroll, Joey Negro & more, joined the agency for Dutch territory.
His pioneering promoting skills extended to other successful & cutting-edge projects. He co-created Islander Festival, Southern Comfort Zone, O.W.A.P. (Original Warehouse Acid Party) & Luvdancin & worked together with Gert van Veen (Quazar) on the early Welcome to the Future parties. Mike was also responsible for the line-ups of the Bacardi-Bat Beats events & for the Chesterfield Labelland radio shows.
He started DJ-ing at the age of 18, driven by passion for house, playing at home & the famous after parties amongst his peers. After Club Risk ended in 2006, he focused on his leading Marketing/PR agency, FUSE Communication as Creative Director/Partner & DJ-ing as part of his former collective RiskSoundSystem (2007 – 2014). 2015 was the start of Mike Risk DJ-ing solo.
Mike Risk has played at various festivals, like multiple parties at Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) (like Red Bull Playrooms, Southport Weekender ADE Reunion, Soul Heaven ADE, Groove Odyssey ADE & more), WMC Miami, Valtifest, Bungalup, O.W.A.P., IPM Rome, Pacha Festival, Vocal Booth Weekender, Loveland Festival, Dance Valley & Milkshake Festival. And several outstanding venues worldwide, like Ministry Of Sound (London), Cielo (NYC), The Vanguard (LA), The Vagabond (Miami), El Divino (Ibiza), Room26 (Rome), DJOON (Paris), Pulse (London), Ocean Beach (Ibiza), W Dubai (UAE), Urban Klub (Italy), HU’U Bar (Bali), Long Beach Resort (Mauritius) & numerous Dutch clubs as Paradiso, Radion, Gashouder, Melkweg, Jimmy Woo, AIR, Sugarfactory, Supperclub, Canvas, W Amsterdam & many more.
Mike Risk’s tracks