Michael Cook

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Michael Cook is a native of Manchester, England currently residing in London. He began DJing professionally at the age of 18 playing a heady mixture of Indy and early Hip Hop & Electro in the North West of England before leaving for the USA in 1986. He's been one of the Djs credited with bringing Acid House to California but prefers to believe he (along with several other DJs) helped bring California to Acid House. Based in Los Angeles California, Michael became one of the founding fathers of the West Coast Underground House & Rave Scene, playing at such legendary vanguard parties as Alices House, Moonshine, Double Hit Mickey, Truth, Paw Paw Patch, Narnia & Gilligans Island. In addition, he hosted Los Angeles first underground dance radio show on KXLU with Jason Bentley.

Michael sites John Peel as his first and most formative musical influence and Michael’s musical tastes remain resolutely eclectic. Michael is the consummate all rounder drawing his set selections from the entire spectrum including Funk, Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Latin, Down tempo, Deep House, Nu Disco, Hip Hop, Electro, Punk Funk, Broken Beat, Rock and Indy; though he is equally happy specializing in any one of these genres.

Currently he resides and plays various residencies in some of Londons top clubs bars and lounges and regularly plays guest sets at home and internationally. The selection of some highlights from his many years as a DJ include Main Backstage/VIP DJ and music programmer for the Glastonbury (2004 & 2005) and Reading festivals (2004 - 2006), Resident DJ for the Big Chill festival, Rob Da Bank's Bestival, Regular DJ partner with Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza (World wide), legendary Notting Hill Carnival house sound system Sancho Panza, Lowlife (Last Night a DJ Saved My Life authors Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton), Tour support DJ for Gotan Project, annual winter residency at La Santanera in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico along with regular international gigs in Lisbon, Rio, Sao Paulo, Moscow, Warsaw, Paris & Barcelona. Some other highlights of Michael’s Dj career include playing at private birthday parties for Madonna and William Orbit and support Dj for Bjork, Happy Mondays, 808 State, Orbital, The Orb, The Farm, The Hacienda, Moby, The Prodigy, and many others. Michael is also known for founding the music for film production company “M62”.

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