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Mick Boogie is one of the most exciting and sought after artists in music today. However, it is no coincidence that his hard work, creativity and networking skills are synonymous with his success.

Mick recently announced a partnership with Roc Nation Management. GlobalGrind had the opportunity to speak to Mick about his journey from his hometown of Cleveland to New York City, Lebron James and President Obama.

The demand for Mick is rapidly increasing and shows no signs of stopping. Keep reading as we learn more about the extremely talented DJ.

How has the transition been from Cleveland to New York City?

Amazing. It’s been several years now, so I really don’t think about it as a transition anymore. I’m absolutely a New Yorker, or more specifically, a Brooklynite. I’ve accomplished more here in 3 years than I did in 30 in Ohio. Which isn’t a diss…but rather a fact of life. I plan on living in Brooklyn until I’m 100, actually.


You’ve done a lot of work with LeBron over the years. How did you feel about LeBron taking his talents to South Beach?

I’m happy for the guy. At the end of the day, he is a really cool, down-to-earth human being who wanted the best for himself and his family. Who can fault that?

Any interest in DJ’ing for the NY Knicks?  

I’d love to be a guest at one game someday. I know they do guest deejays sometimes. That would be fun. I’m actually a big, lifelong Celtics fan, though. And now…a Nets fan.

How did the deal with Roc Nation transpire?

They have watched my growth over the years and I’ve been fortunate to know some people there for awhile. It finally made sense for all parties involved and here we are. Big things for 2011! I’m very excited.

How do you visualize Roc Nation catapulting your career to new heights?

Lots of ways. More gigs. Better branding. Strategic advice. These guys are batting 1000%. I’m thrilled to be a part of the team.


Besides your great selection and intense passion for music, what makes you one of the most in demand A-List DJ’s in the country?

I think because, honestly, I do a good job and I’m a nice guy. If you make yourself easy to work with and put in a lot of effort, you’ll win. Obviously, there are limits to that, but this is a fun job. Let’s have fun.

How did you get the name, Mick Boogie?

My name is Mickey. My last name starts with a B. So I liked the synergy.

Favorite movie soundtrack of all time?  Why?

Maybe “Above The Rim.” Such a dope period for West Coast music and that soundtrack displayed it all.

What’s the best advice you have been given?

Treat people like you want to be treated.


Favorite sneaker of all time?

It used to be the dunk, but now it’s the Air Max 1. Shout out to Dawn and Melvin at Nike.

What’s the best party you’ve ever spun at?

2 Kings with Jay-Z and LeBron is always amazing. Redbull SXSW was amazing too… 11,000 people.

Have you ever become nervous when DJ’ing a party for an A-list celebrity?

Never nervous about the celebrity, but most people still do get butterflies if it’s something exciting. Which is a good thing. I don’t think you ever want to be bored or blah going into a gig.

Speaking about parties, what’s the worst party or venue you’ve ever been booked at?

I’ll answer that someday when I’m retired. (Laughs)


What artists are on your radar from any region?

This kid OnCue is amazing. He lives in Brooklyn but is from Connecticut. He is like a mix between Yelawolf, B.o.B. and Matt & Kim. Super talented kid. Check him out here

What’s the first record you ever purchased?

Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince… “He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper.”

What do you do when you’re away from the party scene or at home downloading new music?

I’m chill. I relax. My wife and I walk and bike ride around Brooklyn. We read. We go to the gym. We fornicate on our patio with owls watching. Normal stuff.

Would like to get your thoughts on politics for a second.  Does Obama win a second term?

Absolutely. He deserves it.


Where can our audience keep up-to-date with your gigs? and @mickboogie on Twitter.

If the world ends in 2012, what is the last song you play?

The world is not going to end in 2012… so let’s not even think like that. But, if I had to answer, “Jesus Walks.”