At the young age of 19, producer/DJ Mike Williams is one to watch. Starting off playing piano, he moved into the dance music world inspired by the melodic production of Avicii. After a string of viral remixes and bootlegs, he broke through to a larger audience with the massive “Sweet and Sour.” The success led to Tiesto
signing Mike to his label Musical Freedom
. In less than two years, Mike Williams has progressed from a bedroom DJ releasing bootlegs to major international releases. Who can imagine what he will be doing two years from now?
RS: Congratulations, I heard that you filled in last minute for a set here at Spinnin’ and just nailed it.
Mike Williams: Thank you, it was amazing.
RS: Do you prepare your sets in advance or do you just play on the spur of the moment?
Mike Williams: I prepare my sets but when I’m on the stage, I look at the crowds and watch what they like and improvise.
RS: That makes sense. Congratulations on “Sweet & Sour,” I love the track. How do you describe your sound?
Mike Williams: I think it is between future house and EDM with the groove from future house but the energy from EDM. That is what I produce and DJ on stage.
RS: The video is really cute, was that your idea?
Mike Williams: Yeah, it is a really cool idea and I love it, the producer was great.
RS: What was the last costume you wore to a holiday party?
Mike Williams: I don’t know. I think it was the one in the video with the hoody on.
RS: You are from Amsterdam. Do you all dress up for Halloween?
Mike Williams: In the Netherlands, Halloween isn’t that popular. For small kids it’s fun but not for the older guys.
RS: You also have the evil Santa that punishes people right?
Mike Williams: Yeah, we have it but it’s not meant to punish people.
RS: What is the strangest event that you have been invited to DJ?
Mike Williams: It was in a small bunker near where I lived and there were kids that were 13 years old and it was really weird. I played for a half an hour and then I stopped playing because no one was there and every kid was playing in the garden. That was a long time ago.
RS: Speaking about time, I noticed that on Beatport your last track was from 2014 and on SoundCloud it has been more than 10 months. Why is there such a time lapse between your productions?
Mike Williams: I started with one track and then took a break for 3 months and then made another track but then I wanted to focus on my producing skills and improve my tracks. That happened during that time so I didn’t release any tracks and just waited for the one track that I thought was good enough to release.
RS: Oh it is more than good enough to release; it is pretty awesome.
Mike Williams: Thanks
RS: I saw that you were at fashion week, who is your favorite designer?
Mike Williams: I don’t know; I am not that into fashion. When I was in high school I wore clothes that weren’t very stylish. Fashion is not really my scene but when you get popular in the DJ scene, you have to look at the new fashion and new kinds of clothing.
RS: And not just all black.
Mike Williams: Not just all black, a lot of DJs all wear black so it is hard to stand out with a nice outfit.
RS: What does your mother think of your career as a DJ?
Mike Williams: She likes it but when I am on tour she gets worried but she is my mother so that is normal.
RS: Is there a collaboration coming with Tjalle Mennega?
Mike Williams: That is my cousin and so of course I have known him a long time. When we were young we produced music together, he plays in the clubs in Amsterdam.
RS: Are you two going to do another track together?
Mike Williams: Not at the moment, we have some tracks from the past but not a new one at this time.
RS: What is coming next from you?
Mike Williams: I can’t say too much about it but there is a really cool collab coming and another solo track and collab. We are just planning to see which one will be first.
RS: Looking at your socials, it is obvious that you love sushi. Where is the best restaurant in the world for sushi?
Mike Williams: It is in South Africa. I did a tour in December in South Africa and there is a sushi bar called Umi at Camps Bay and they have great sushi. It is expensive but it’s worth it.
RS: If you could collaborate with anyone, artist or producer, who would it be?
Mike Williams: When I was young, Avicii really inspired me because I play piano and he does as well. You can hear it in his tracks and I found it really cool. It inspired me to produce that kind of music with a lot of melody. It would be awesome to collaborate with him in the future.
RS: What would you like to say to all of your fans out there?
Mike Williams: Thanks for all the support for “Sweet & Sour.” It’s amazing that my first track just reached #6 on Beatport. Thank you all so much.
Interview conducted March 2016 during Winter Music Conference.