You'd be forgiven for thinking that Mike Kiraly is a new artist. But in reality, Mike has been around longer than most. In fact, Mike's musical resume dates back almost 20 years, to the origins of the nascent American rave scene.
Like most other electronic dance music producers, exposure to early forms of house and techno fostered a strong desire to participate in the culture as a purveyor of forward thinking music through the art of DJing. Throughout the 90's, Mike's ability to win over a dancefloor with sets of wide ranging house made him an in demand DJ consistently playing up and down the east coast of the United States, with occasional stops in the western reaches of the country. And like most other electronic dance music producers, a fascination with DJing soon turned into an obsession with learning how to create the music he was spinning.
"More than anything, I wanted to absorb my influences and distill them into an amalgamation of the genres I was attracted to," he says reflectively. So he bought his first sampler, an Akai MPC 2000, pored over its manual and devoured every piece of information he could find about the processes and techniques behind music production.
Fast forward to 2005, when a chance reunion with a friend from his rave days resulted in a remix opportunity for the well-known Azuli Records. The Kered & Kiraly remix of "Believe" was his first credited release, and it sparked interest from a wide variety of A-List DJ's. All of which was a surprise to Mike. "The 'Believe' remix caught on more than Kered or I had imagined it would," he says. "I knew there were some catchy elements, but I thought it might not fit within the scope of most DJ's sets." But it did.
Subsequently, the next few years were dedicated to capitalizing on multiple remix offers. Pete Tong's inclusion of the Kered & Kiraly remix Lazar "Heat of The Moment" on his BBC1 radio show and Steve Lawler's use of Mike's remix of "Montecristo" by Mariano Arcuri in his 2009 Essential Mix only served to elevate his reputation as a producer and remixer. Additionally, several Beatport Top 100 genre chart appearances and high profile DJ support helped to provide a consistent flow of new career possibilities.
But while the Kered & Kiraly project provided positive results, Mike's individual production ethic began gravitating towards a more intricate, delicate approach which relied heavily on complex compositions and creative sound design techniques. Ultimately, Mike decided to step back, move out of the spotlight for a little while and focus on refining his personal sound. He began to spend time writing and engineering music for other DJ's, while quietly building an arsenal of personal productions that reflected his developing new sensibilities as an artist.
Now, the hiatus is over and the next phase of his career has begun. This new chapter is destined to be characterized as a total re-imagining of his creative output. With more than a dozen fresh originals and remixes to be released in the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012, Mike is poised to introduce himself to the world all over again.