Solid credentials and a perfectionist’s attitude have allowed Mike D to remain one of the city’s power-player DJs.

Remixes he’s done for Cash Out, Kirko Bangz and One Direction have resonated well outside of the cozy confines of the state while his revamped rendition of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” helped the song reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts.

“It’s one thing to get mix show airplay, but a whole ‘nother feeling as a remixer to have your version as the version the station plays throughout the day,” he says.

Does the “D” stand for Destroyer? It could, but lately it’s all about “F,” for focus that results in remix bombs of brilliance.

“Remembering that you are playing for the crowd, staying fresh with music as time progresses and always having fun,” he says, are the things that keep him focused. “If you’re not having fun as a DJ, you should not be a DJ.”

As long as he concentrates on the three aforementioned keys of focus, Mike D will remain one of the upper-echelon DJ badasses around.


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