Born in the shadow of the steel mills on the South Side of Chicago, Mickey Mixin’ Oliver was destined to help bring the underground sound of house music to the masses. As a founding member of the ground breaking Chicago radio mix show team on 102.7 WBMX, collectively known as the Hot Mix 5, Mickey drew global attention to house music with his incredible DJ mixes.
House music was considered to be the new sound of the urban underground, which was first spun in Chicago.
As house music began to spread in Chicago’s clubs, an urban format radio station, 102.7 WBMX was looking to become a force to be reckoned with in the Chicago market. Program Director Lee Michaels decided that the best way to go about it was to put together a group of the most talented and cutting edge DJs around. Mickey ‘Mixin’ Oliver was selected by Michaels for this new concept. The others who joined him at WBMX were Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Kenny “Jammin” Jason, Ralphi “Rockin” Rosario, and Scott “Smokin” Silz. Called ‘The Hot Mix 5’,they set the standard for all others to follow, pioneering many of the turntablism tactics that have influenced the best DJ’s even to this day.
Mickey then began his very first syndicated radio mix show on the Star Stream Radio Network, which was ultimately followed by the Satellite Music Network, a division of ABC where Mickey became syndicated on over 100 stations from coast to coast. Spreading house music to appreciative fans around the world performing at places like the Mecca of dance music itself, the Balearic Island of Ibiza!
Mickey Oliver started Hot Mix 5 Records, along with Kenny Jason & Ralphi Rosario from the Hot Mix 5. They produced and released many hits, as two have stood the test of time as being in the Top 10 All-Time House Music Records, “In-Ten-Si-T” and “You Used To Hold Me”.
The Chicago Bull’s basketball legend himself, Michael Jordan, commissioned Mickey to provide the music soundtrack to a documentary for the Michael Jordan Foundation, for which Mickey wrote the song “Pick Me Up.” Offers by the sports world began to follow. He edited the music for the Chicago Bulls, their Cheerleaders the Luvables, and for various Sports Networks. He also had the main song in the #1 Box Office Hit Movie “Red Heat”, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belushi.
Later, Mickey founded Powerhouse Records Remix Service. In two short years it was voted the top Remix service for DJs in the Country. Around that same time he teamed up with Hot Mix Radio Network to put together the comprehensive ten hour “Mix Of The 80’s” helping to launch The Hot Mix Radio Network on the ABC Radio Network.
Mickey Oliver has been named by the London Observer as one of the 10 most influential DJs of all time. The City of Chicago has recently recognized Mickey for his contributions to Dance Music and has named a street after him, making him a part of American History. Mickey has recently Produced and Directed a 10 Episode Television Show called Intensi-T TV. This new TV show is currently airing on DirecTV, Channel 354 the Resort & Residence Channel and on Dish Network’s Colours TV.
Mickey has set his sights on the Las Vegas Strip and has premiered his new Live Stage show at Planet Hollywood on the Vegas strip. This theatrical show combines Mickey’s original Billboard charting songs, plus very clever remakes, along with Mickey’s Masterful turntable techniques and keyboards performed live. This is the first theatrical live stage presentation of a DJ House Music show. The Modern Burlesque Choreographed troupe of dancers, provide extra sizzle with their Las Vegas style performances. Mickey Oliver is taking his rightful place at the forefront of dance music once again!
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