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Rebel Radio Ep. 9: Mike B - Find A Need, Then Fill It

From New York to Los Angeles, A Rebel's Story

Rebel Radio is a weekly podcast, hosted by your humble servant, exploring the relationship between art and business in underground culture. Through interviews with creative entrepreneurs who have shaped the roots and future of the underground, we uncover what it takes to build and sustain a career out of making art. Rebel Radio is presented in partnership with EDM.com.

Mike B is a trip.

He’s known as a DJ’s DJ, which means he’s a talented selector who can cross genres and command dance floors in a variety of environments. After apprenticing under hip hop mix show pioneer Stretch Armstrong of Stretch & Bobbito fame, he left the gritty New York scene and returned to his hometown of LA to launch one of the most influential events in nightlife history - Banana Split - with partners DJ AM (RIP) and Steve Aoki (Dim Mak Records).

Mike as a personality comes off as a cross between a Serious Musician and The Fat Jew; at times earnest about the love for music that has driven him since before he was a teen, at others cavalier about his occasional quests for drugs and sex (boy does this man have stories!). Amid the reminiscing about his come-up, and about that one time when he was the DJ at my wedding, Mike gave us three valuable lessons that anyone embarking on a passion-based career should take seriously.

These three lessons came from specific points in Mike's career - 'Be Fearless' learned while producing Snoop Dogg's reality TV show 'Fatherhood,' 'Work as hard as it takes' learned while dj'ing a world famous event he helped curate and create, and 'Find a need, then fill it,' learned while exploring the music scene of Paris and figuring ways to bring that style and energy to LA.

Hear how it all came to be, and much, much more on this episode of Rebel Radio with Thee Mike B found here.

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