“I play with CDs because I don’t want to stare at a laptop when I’m partying with a crowd,” says Mike Candys. “Most of the tracks I play for only two or three minutes, just to get the essence of them; which for me is one break and one drop.”
Mike started out producing and remixing for other DJs before leaping from behind the scenes in the late-2000s with a slew of nostalgia-fuelled, sample-laden electro house tunes, made in collaboration with Jack Holiday. In 2008, they released ‘La Serenissima’ and everyone sat up.
“It was our remake of Faithless’s ‘Insomnia’ that changed everything for me as a DJ,” says Mike. “Suddenly everyone wanted to book me as a DJ.”
Then, he says, the release of ‘One Night In Ibiza’ and ‘2012’ stepped things up another notch. “Since then my booking schedule has been completely full,” he says. “Headlining to 30,000 people at the Donauinselfest Vienna festival this year has definitely been the high point.”