Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike to perform in Vail
December 7, 2010
DENVER – Mix Master Mike has performed around the world on his own and with the Beastie Boys, but there’s one more place the DJ says he wants to play one day: the moon.
“It may sound corny, but anything can be done,” he said. “I’d like to scratch on the moon, a full-on, two-hour set. Then after the set, plant the flag and then come back.”
For now, the turntablist is promoting new headphones he launched with Skullcandy, new albums, and an iPhone application set to come out in January that he describes as putting an iPod with two turntables and a mixer in someone’s pocket.
He also is among musicians interacting with fans online at http://www.thepublicrecord.com, where he invites people to send him guitar riffs, synthesizer tones or other clips, and he’ll videotape himself mixing them in on his turntables.
“It’s pushing the envelope. I can’t imagine back in the day being able to make music with my musical heroes, and this website gives fans the opportunity to make music with us,” he said.
Mix Master Mike is set to play a free concert Thursday as part of Vail Mountain’s annual Vail Snow Daze for early ski season. Weezer, O.A.R. and Dwight Yoakam also are scheduled to perform during the week.
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After playing around 200 shows this year, Mix Master Mike says he might spend New Year’s Eve at home with his wife and daughter.
He has been sober 10 years after getting into alcohol and drugs when he was younger.
“When you’re in this business and people know you, it’s like, ‘Anything, at any time, as much as you want.’ You have to know when to cut that off,” he said.
“People ask me, ‘What’s your secret of staying in the game, staying relevant for 20 years now?’ It’s my sobriety. That’s what it is. I plan on doing this til I’m 60, 70, 80.”