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Small Talk: MikeQ

The New Jersey Ballroom/Vogue House producer on DJing and Weed

Posted by Matt Derody

Hailing from New Jersey, MikeQ is, a major player in the East Coast’s long-running ballroom/vogue-house scene. The producer/DJ fell in love with voguing after seeing the dance at a local New Jersey party. While the subculture has been around since the 1960s, and could be said to have peaked in the ’90s with Madonna’s hit song and the film, Paris is Burning, the ballroom scene remains relevant in the NYC club scene even now. MikeQ has releases on such respected labels as Fade to Mind and Mad Decent as well as running his collective, Qween Beat.

My name is… MikeQ

By night I… Take Care Of Business and make music

My favourite TV show is… Empire (but before that, maybe Martin)

The last movie I watched was… The Other Woman for like the 7th time

The first album I ever bought was… Alex Bugnon – 107 Degrees In The Shade… It was a smooth jazz album

The last was… Redman – Dare Iz A Darkside

If I wasn’t making music I would probably be… Taking photos, but I do that now anyway

I’m addicted to… Recreation and Deejaying:  take either of them away and we got a problem

The best thing about touring is… Being out of NJ – although I miss my family – and seeing new places or places I’ve only seen on TV

The worst thing is… Not finding good massive amounts of weed everywhere I go

My perfect gig would involve… GOOD SOUND…

The first gig I went to was… The Globe in NJ: wild teenage Friday Nights in Newark

The most important thing on my rider is… I actually have to edit it and put weed on there and then that will be my answer.

My hangover cure is… Sleep

My favourite YouTube vid is… There are so many but I like The Parodies by ITHL123

My computer’s wallpaper is… The colour black.

MikeQ will be bringing his unique live sets to Australia this March, courtesy of Kosher.

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