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Respect the DJ Interview with Mike Haddad

Amanda Giordano


How did you get into DJing?

The emotion and universality of music has always moved me deeply. I was always a hip-hop junkie, and slowly discovered various genres of electronic music at 20 or 21 years old.

 Once I threw a few parties for friends, I was absolutely hooked on the feeling – Curating and delivering an experience, a vibe

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

 Whatever you are mixing, it needs to sound good. Every DJ was a bedroom DJ at some point – and that’s exactly where your hone those skills. I recorded many mixes, listening to my transitions, and always reflecting on the overall progression of emotions. There are countless subgenres and artists; it is imperative to explore the sounds that move you. I kept exploring, practicing with various gear and mixers, and more importantly, never stopped searching for “the sound”.The rest comes naturally.

What did your first setup look like?

 Traktor S2 and a beat up HP Laptop

What does your current setup look like?

As a non-producing DJ, my setup is quite simple. The real setup is in the booth, the dancefloor.

 I record my mixes at home using Traktor controllers such as the S2 or S4 and some KRK monitors; simple. If not there, 3 CDJs and a Xone92 mixer will do the trick.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

I like simplicity. Let your energy and mixing speak for itself. My DJ name is my real name; Mike Haddad

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

a.     Day Zero (Tulum)

b.     Fusion Festival (Germany)

c.     Sunwaves Festival (Romania)


If you could DJ in any 3 cities what would they be?

a.     Berlin

b.     Tel Aviv

c.     New York

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What is your goal when you play live?

People dancing, smiling.

Nothing else matters, literally.

What's your go to song right now?

 It depends on the mood, the environment, and the crowd.  If the mood is calling for tech house or groovy deep house ; I’ve been turning to one track recently James Dexter – I think so (Original Mix)

What is your dream as a DJ?

 A monthly residency at a top-quality nightclub, focused on the underground. STEREO Montreal is that place for me

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

 Everyone wants to be a DJ nowadays. Make sure your motives are genuine and don't let vanity or ego ever take over. Develop your style, network, be kind and “real”, and always be respectful. Also, never put “official” near your name until you’ve actually earned it

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)