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Mike Risk

Mike Risk, pioneer in the Dutch Dance music world. Been there, seen it all.

Amsterdam nightlife authority extraordinaire Mike Risk is not easy to describe. He got hooked on house music after moving to Amsterdam in 1988 at the age of 18 and it’s been flowing and beating through his veins ever since. At first as a promoter, with ground-breaking concepts like Club Risk (since 1994) he introduced the lowlands to many legends of House music. Derrick May, Kenny Dope, Louie Vega, Kevin Saunderson, Jeff Mills, Todd Terry, Mr C & Joey Negro. While foreign DJ’s were a rarity in Holland, he used to invite them weekly/monthly. Acts like Kerri Chandler, DJ Rush, Mike Dunn, Ian Pooley and many more played in Holland first through Mike and the full list of guest artists is endless. 

Parallel he started one of the first Dutch DJ agencies: ‘Risk Agency’, jumpstarting the careers of DJ’s like Roog (Hardsoul), Leroy Rey, childhood friend Eric de Man and more. Names such as Masters at Work, Kerri Chandler, Westbam, Jazzy Jeff, Ron Carroll, Joey Negro and more, joined the agency for Dutch territory.

His pioneering promoting skills extended to other successful and groundbreaking projects. He co-created Islander Festival, Southern Comfort Zone, O.W.A.P. (Original Warehouse Acid Party) and Luvdancin and worked together with Gert van Veen (Quazar) on the first Welcome to the Future parties. Mike was also responsible for the line-ups of the Bacardi-Bat Beats events and for the Chesterfield Labelland radio shows.  

For decades Mike Risk has seen all there is to see in the crazy world of entertainment. These endeavours lead Chicago house legend Lil’ Louis to include Mike as one of the 100 most influential people in his documentary about house music history worldwide. Things come & go but his passion for playing music is inevitable & became his serious fun. Something he proves all over the planet as a DJ. Every set is a journey through 25 years of music. Giving a seamless mix of upfront New York garage & Chicago house, Detroit techno, deep house, disco and whatever feels right.

Mike Risk has played at various festivals, like Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), IPM Rome, WMC Miami, Valtifest, Bungalup, O.W.A.P., Pacha Festival, Loveland Festival, Dance Valley and Milkshake Festival. Furthermore several outstanding venues worldwide, like Ministry of Sound (London), Cielo (NYC), The Vanguard (LA), The Vagabond (Miami), El Divino (Ibiza), Ocean Beach (Ibiza), Room26 (Rome), DJOON (Paris), Pulse (London), HU’U Bar (Bali) and numerous Dutch clubs as Paradiso, Radion, Gashouder, Melkweg, Jimmy Woo, AIR, Sugarfactory, Supperclub, Canvas and more. 

In short one could say he’s a pioneer in the ever-evolving dance music world, still influencing many with outstanding DJ sets, touching souls and moving people.