Mickey Richards

Mickey Richards

Mickey Richards is a DJ/producer originally from Fulham in West London. His love of music developed early on in his life, influenced by the Dub Sound Systems who played at the weekend Blues Parties, held at his father’s Ladbroke Grove home.

School years where spent hanging out with the likes of Darcus Beese (president of Island Records USA), KG (DJ/Producer for All Saints), Bello B (Outlaw Posse/KLF) & the late Stevie Hyper (drum & Bass and Junglist pioneer). He gained inspiration from the Hip Hop, Electro, Jazz and Soul sounds which where the main stay of the dance music industry in those early days.

When the warehouse rave scene began in the late 80’s and the Acid House movement exploded, Mickey was inspired to DJ, he worked at Phuture records on London’s Kings Road Garage and released a number of white labels including “The Journey” a collaboration with DJ Paul Docherty.

When recession and depression hit in the UK, Mickey decided to pack up this Boxes and relocate to Lisbon (Portugal). Here he found his spiritual home and gained recognition from the countries most respected DJ’s, producers and promoters including the young DJ Vibe & Rui Da Silva (USL), Rui Vargas, To’ Riccardi, Belita, and Yen Sung (Portugal’s first female DJ’s).

He stayed for a few years playing at every major club in Portugal from the North to the South including, Fragil & Lux, The Superclub owned by Manuel Reis & Hollywood legend John Malkovic and he was able to reap the rewards once again, of being in a country on the verge of a clubbing phenomenon.

When Mickey returned to England in the early 90’s he teamed up with Dave Jones (Dub Federation) to concentrate on developing his own label (Room Control Records), and teamed up with Caroline Dunkley a UK based agent and manager, she put him in touch with the owners of Pacha London and he was soon taken on as their resident DJ on Saturday nights, where he played for the next few years alongside such DJ legends as; Frankie Knuckles, Tony Humphries, Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Terry Hunter, Jon Cutler, Kenny Carpenter, Ricky Morrison, Phil Asher, Joey Negro & DJ Harvey, he also regularly played at The Cross, Plastic People, Turnmills and various other clubs across London around this time.

Mickey has continued to DJ, whilst juggling a career in the film industry, and in 2013, he started, ‘The Sunday Vibes show’ on Realhousderadio.com, alongside old school friend and fellow DJ Mathew Ballester. Their style is an eclectic mix of Deep Soulful, funky, jazzy, latin, & afro House.

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