House music is not just a feeling; it’s a way of life.
Mike Risk got hooked on house after moving to Amsterdam in 1988 at the age of 18 and it’s been flowing and beating through his veins ever since. From the idealism to spreading the gospel of house, uniting people and sharing the awesome feeling, he (together with business partner Jeroen Roeleveld) threw his first party in 1994; ‘Club Risk’ was a fact. Growing up to 140 parties a year nationwide, it became a house/techno institute, with countless international household names such as Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Kenny Dope, Louie Vega, Jeff Mills, Todd Terry, Mr C & Joey Negro to name just a few. While foreign DJ’s were a rarity in Holland, he made it ‘normal’ to invite them weekly/monthly. Acts like Kerri Chandler, DJ Rush, Mike Dunn, Ian Pooley and many more played in Holland first via Mike and the full list of guest artists is endless. Most infamous were the weekly nights at ‘Winkel van Sinkel’ in Utrecht and Club More (now Closure) in Amsterdam.
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 parties & 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.
He started DJ-ing at the age of 18, driven by passion for house, playing at home and the famous after parties amongst his peers. After Club Risk ended in 2006, he focused more on his leading PR/Marketing agency, FUSE Communication and on DJ-ing (within his former collective RiskSoundSystem, 2007 – 2014).
These and other endeavours have made him very significant in dance music for the last 21 years. This also 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.
His love for New York house always reflects in his sets. Being the first to promote the NY sound in Holland, he’s still at the forefront of what originated from the legendary Paradise Garage. His impeccable DJ skills always deliver greatness: deep, uplifting, energetic and irresistible to dance to. Giving a seamless mix of upfront New York garage & Chicago house, Detroit techno, deep house, disco and whatever feels right. Every set is a journey through 25 years of music. This man knows house.
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 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.
There is no simple way to describe Mike Risk, but to put it all together 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!