TOTD // 13/03 // Mike Servito

Published: March 13, 2017, words by Hannah Edwards

Honey Soundsystem’s Mike Servito had a big year in 2016, playing at festivals and clubs around the world, doing B2B Boiler Room sets with his partner in crime The Black Madonna and cementing his reputation as a DJ who always fills the room with good vibes. Originally from Detroit, he grew up with Detroit radio of the ‘80s and the city’s local DJs in the ‘90s, making his debut in the music scene in 1995 and immediately gaining attention and respect from his peers and local techno heroes. Formerly associated with Ghostly International, joining their roster in 2008, Servito never forgot his roots and has been dishing out sets full of upfront Detroit techno and house since the heart of rave culture. He is now based in Brooklyn and is a resident DJ at The Bunker.

Mike Servito was inspired by the new generation of electronic-music producers and DJs in the late 90’s and early 00’s, which defined and shaped his sound. Cultivated from a lifelong love for music, his deep knowledge, spanning multiple styles and genres, has gained him a cult following and made him a DJ in demand all around the world. Making the top 100 in Resident Advisor’s annual DJ poll in 2015 and 2016 is a testament to Servito’s insane mixing skills and improvisational abilities that can move any dancefloor and keep the crowd on their toes. Always serving attitude and sass in abundance, Servito was a perfect match for remixing Justin Cudmore’s first 12″ last year on Honey Soundsystem Records. The San Francisco collective that simultaneously pushes new sounds whilst celebrating the legacy of queer dance music culture. Throwing parties that promote inclusivity and openness, Honey Soundsystem create spaces that allow uninhibited sexual freedom to a soundtrack of classic dance music. Servito and Honey Soundsystem are flying the flag for the LGBT community and the queer history of American dance music, and in these current times, this is more important than ever. Long may it continue.

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Ceybil

Love So Special (Original Underground Club Dub)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“One of my favourites long before I was a DJ. It’s taken a spin on the HNY dancefloor a few times with great pleasure.”
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Neneh Cherry

Buddy X (Masters At Work 12" House Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“A favourite memory at Holy Cow! A full floor filler and everyone dancing to a MAW fave!”
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Blue Jean's Regime

Untrue Affection (Dark Club Mix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I first heard this on Jason Kendig’s Beats In Space Mix. Instantly obsessed.”
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Justin Cudmore

Crystal

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This was pretty much debuted at Folsom 2015, in its raw unedited form before it was signed to Honey Soundsystem records. We knew HNYTRX was the only home for such a special release.”

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