Michael London is a New York-Bred DJ that has taken the music scene in South Florida by storm. With a highly credible career spanning over decades, Michael London is easily one of the most versatile DJs in the game right now. We caught up with the main man to talk about influences, career highlights, some advice for aspiring DJs/producers, and more. Get to know DJ Michael London in our DJ highlight of the Month.
Tell me a bit about your sense of identity and how it influences both your preferences as a listener and your creativity as an artist, please. What, would you say, are the key ideas behind your approach to music and art?
Growing up in NYC and Florida I was able to blend both styles together to create a different experience.
Tell me about your first DJ gigs. How did you approach them and how do you look back on them with hindsight?
I DJ-ed my first party at 11 years old. My mentality was to play all the hot songs but learning throughout the years you don’t jump into it like that. It’s better for you to build the momentum first.
What advice would you give to other creatives just starting out?
The advice I would give to any DJ coming up is to learn and study all types of genres. I feel focusing on one genre limits you as a DJ and limits your income.
Who would you like to collaborate with and why?
I would love to collaborate with dope artists and create something epic. I feel like our shows would be amazing with all the ideas I have in my head.
What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
When I start a set I usually walk around to read the crowd to know how I will approach it. I usually never know what I will play that night until I get there.
What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig? (Do you believe in the possibility of “reading an audience” – and how do you put it into practice?)
What sets me apart from other DJs is I actually study the crowd; who’s dancing, who’s buying bottles, who’s birthday it is. I study all these factors this way I can tie them all together and create an experience for everyone.
What were some of the artists, technologies, and clubs/events that changed your perspective on what DJing could be?
I’ve been a part of and seen the evolution of djing happen. I feel with the metaverse and the digital world the possibilities are endless.
I’ve always wondered: How is it possible for DJs to memorize so many tracks? How do you store tracks in your mind – traditionally as grooves + melodies + harmonies or as colors, energy levels, shapes?
On my laptop, I have my go-to crates, but like I said I never really know what I will play that night. So studying your library is KEY to succeeding in the game.
What do you express through music that you couldn’t or wouldn’t in more ‘mundane’ tasks?
I express the creativity, the experience, the reminiscent of childhoods and great times in people’s lives.
What are you currently up to with your music? Have you just gone into the studio? Released a single? Co-written a song with another artist?
I’m working with a few artists out in Africa, I feel like the Afrobeat movement is gonna be huge. I’ve been honored to work with the likes of Bebe Rexha. I produced and write for artists but I really can’t say who . I definitely have music and new remixes coming out this summer so stay tuned.
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