triad dj profile
Full name: Mike Bowers
DJ Handle: DJ Mike
What I play: Mostly country with a touch of hip hop and rap. Also beach, ’70s and ’80s when the party is right.
Catch me at: Arizona Pete’s every Friday and Saturday, been there eight years. Also, I do weddings and private parties
Upcoming shows: I do several city events annually, plus I entertain the veterans at the Salisbury retirement home twice a year, and of course Arizona Pete’s every weekend .
Got in the game: 1998
Why I do it: Well, I played lead guitar and sang in bands for quite a few years but got tired of the road and dealing with so many personalities. So I find it quite soothing to depend on me, myself and I.
Influences: I love the ’60s and ’70s music the best, but study the Top 40 charts for the newest country and dance music to keep the dance floor full.
First pro gig: A Charlotte wedding reception in the ’90s.
Favorite technique: No dead space! Actually there are a lot of country dance mixes that are pretty cool I like to play.
Signature mix: Brooks and Dunn’s “Boot Scoot‘n Boogie” remix always fills the dance floor, along with some specialty line dance mixes.
Personal playlist: Mostly pop and country. Sting’s my favorite, McCartney and the Beatles of course will always be there, along with Billy Joel, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney.
Favorite albums: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band… old school. The Stranger by Billy Joel
My gear: Sony Vaio, Alesis Mixer, Crown Power amps, 18-inch subs and 15-inch tops with a 1-inch horn, lighting show.
Best thing about playing the Triad: The people are great and the travel is easy in this area.
I’d like to add: Well I’m an old dog in this business who can and has learned a lot of new tricks. I love meeting new people and the music business helps to constantly introduce me to new and interesting people every week. I will stay in it as long as I can keep them dancing!