A self-proclaimed 303-addict, LA-native Thee Mike B has been involved in underground music since the 90’s. As a founding member of the legendary Banana Split party with DJ AM and Steve Aoki, Mike has also remixed and produced records with Diplo, Switch, Stretch Armstrong, Sinden, Jesse Rose, Oliver $, Sammy Bananas, Oliver and many more, featured on releases with labels such as Mad Decent, Fool’s Gold, Play It Down, Dim Mak and Yoruba.
It’s with great honour and excitement that we welcome him into the Turbo family. We asked him a few questions so you could get to know him too. He also turned in a wicked Acid mix which you can listen to below.
Check out his upcoming “Late Nite Acid” EP dropping via Twin Turbo on May 4th: http://bit.ly/1DrTEL3
1.Your new EP revolves around Acid house – tell us a little bit about your introduction to acid and the Roland TB-303.
I was raving on regular basis in 1996. My friend Sean and I used to go to whatever stuff we could find flyers for, every weekend. We both found ourselves drawn to a sound which neither of us could describe, but both agreed that it was “that!” whenever we heard it. Sean ultimately figured it out, i believe, because Frankie Bones talked about it in an interview. I remember him saying to me “that sound we like is called Acid and it comes from a TB-303.” And my life has been better ever since.
2. What’s your favorite Acid record ever?
Kid Acid VS DJ ESP (Communique Records, 1996)
3. You’re a veteran of the LA club scene, how has the dance music landscape changed since Banana Split Sundays?
Well, when we started Banana Split there was little to no modern, underground dance stuff going on in Hollywood or even really anywhere else near the heart of the city. So I’d say it’s changed very much. It’s nearly impossible to find a hip-hop party at this point!
4. You were known primarily as a DJ before you began producing. What inspired you to make the transition and how did you get into it?
I was always making beats… Just simple, sample driven stuff. In 1998, i bought my first MC-303 off of Jaymz Nylon in Brooklyn.. But it wasn’t until 2007 that I made a conscious decision to really start making proper dance music. It was a project called Graveleaf, with Omar Doom (aka Straight Razor). Omar taught me a lot about making music electronically during those sessions.
The need to really make music full time happened when I quit my day job to do so. So it became a now or never scenario.
5. Tell us about your production method. What’s your setup, how do you work?
Ableton Live, RAC-1 d to a, Mytek a to d, Focal-6 Monitors, Auratones for reference and all kind of lil toys and do-dads. I have no consistent approach to music making tho.
I keep lots of fun stuff around the studio and try to have good people coming by all the time. (Hence the collars on the EP)
6. What do you order when you go to In-N-Out?
Double Double w cheese, everything on it. Fries Animal Style, Dr Pepper, and 1 cheeseburger, plain, with ketchup. Puro.
THEE MIKE B – Eclectic Culotte Acid Text (late nite acid mix)
Wink – Are You There? [Acapella]
Naughty & Tolis – Lost Point
Tessela – C’mon Lets Slow Dance
Fatboy Slim – Acid 8000
The Faint – Mirror Error (Das Glow Remix)
Pump Panel – Planet of Drums
Thee Mike B – Tree House Acid (Sage Caswell’s Rave Exercise)
Thee Mike B – Tree Housacidelia-pella
Vin Sol – Off The Chain
Gettoblaster – Hot Circuits
Telonius – Like What (Glimmers Remix)
Basement Jaxx – Jus Be Free With Your Body (Vibe Mix)
Josh Wink – 516 ACID (Steve Bug’s All Discrete Tube Mix)
Valent – Pulse
Clouds – World Systems, Cornwall Coliseum (B’s Late At Nite VIP)
Plank – Acid Wars
(outro) featuring Robyn Katz