Check out our interview with talented Gold and Platinum selling artist, DJ and Producer Mike Candys who just released his new hit single All My Friends via S2 Records.
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Hi Mike, please tell us a little about you?
I’m a music producer since 30 years and a professional DJ since 12 years. I was touring around the world, played more than 1000 shows. Got several gold and platinum awarded records.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Restless, thoughtful, ironic
We’re sure you have been asked this million times but how did you get in the industry?
It all started completely organic. I built my first studio when I was 17, started to produce electronic tracks for fun. Then some artists wanted me to produce tracks for them. Later some Dj’s wanted me to do remixes for their projects and so I started to build the producer label Mike Candys. Many years later some clubs realized that I was the ghost behind many tracks they play and the fIrst booking requests arrived. So Mike Candys became a DJ.
Do you ever get nervous?
Yes, I still get nervous before a show, either when it’s a really big or very important gig – or if something’s wrong with the technical equipment and I know I’m gonna struggle to perform my show.
Where and why did you decided to have the Mike Candys name and the Happy Face mask?
The name Mike Candys was given to me by my studio partner and friend Jack Holiday 20 years ago when we released our first collabs and I didn’t have an artist name. I didn’t bother and since then it’s my name. The mask came a little bit later after my first shows when I realized that I wanna have something visual to make my shows different from other Djs.
Tell us about your new EDX’s S2 Records single “All My Friends?”
Since Future Rave became a thing last year, I wanted to combine this rave sound with my pumpin electro house style. So I created some track like this and All my Friends was the first to be released.
Which artists and styles inspired and influenced you?
There are many. I listen to tech-house as well as bass house and electro house to get my inspiration for the current sound. In general my music was mostly influenced by 80s Italo Disco and Acid House.
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out?
I love to build things with wood. I love to work around my house and build things there. And I love to watch movies but I hardly find time.
Best stage you have ever play?
Hard to say, I played a lot of amazing places. Some of the best ones were probably Papaya in Zrce Croatia and Energy 2000 in Poland and Megapark Varna Bulgaria.
Funniest thing that ever happened at an event?
Sometimes fans show up in even bigger smiley-masks than mine. That’s a lot of fun when I let them come on stage and we party together.
What’s your favorite club to DJ in?
Papaya Croatia and Energy 2000 Poland
Did you had plans/gigs planned and cancelled because of COVID? If so have you done any online events or interaction with your fans?
Yes I had a whole summer tour ready for 2020 which was completely cancelled. I did some livestreams but not on a regular basis.
What is fun and rewarding about what you do? And what’s not?
It’s a lot of fun to travel places and not knowing what to expect from a show. Great nights with my fans are rewarding. Also when I get great feedback for the music I produce. Travelling can be really exhausting. During summer I (normally) hardly get any sleep at all which many times made me wanna quit my job.
What’s your advice for the newer DJ’s?
Work. Work harder. Work even harder. On your show, on your music, on your brand.
What’s next for Mike Candys in 2021?
Since there’s not gonna be a lot of shows, I focus on music production. We plan to release about 15 Tracks this year.
What book should every entrepreneur read?
Think and grow rich (Napoleon Hill)
Best advice ever given?
“Focus on what you love to do and what you’re good at. Don’t waste time trying to do things that don’t fit you.”
Name one your strengths?
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
Sleep in till 10, have breakfast outside, spend time with my family and friends, have a BBQ in the backyard, watch a movie, go to bed.
What is your own definition of happiness?
Being in a state when only the moment counts. When I don’t think about the past nor the future but just feel great that moment. Happiness for me is just a thing for minutes or even seconds.
Do you support any charities?
Yes. Since years I support a home for the handicapped, and also an animal shelter
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
What would be a deal breaker on a first date?
Excessive smoking, excessive meat eating, praising the government.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Franz Kafka. I wonder how he was as a human, since his books and novels had a huge influence on me for decades.
How do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still producing dance music, hopefully still playing some shows.
How would you describe your fashion style?
Streetwear, You’re never gonna see me in a tie suit
What do you think of Social Media?
I wouldn’t be the Mike Candys I am now without social media. But that doesn’t mean it’s just a great thing. It’s a love/hate relationship for me.
Where we can follow you?
Quote: “Every thought has the tendency to be realized”
Movie: Donnie Darko
Travel Destination: Lanzarote
Sports Team: none