Mike Callander

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Biography

  • Mike Callander is one of Australia’s most dynamic DJs, an innovative producer and remixer, and founder (alongside Christian Vance and Craig McWhinney) of the exciting new Australian record label, Haul Music.
    “My favourite Aussie” – DJ T. “Mike Callander is bound for greatness. So much character, top-notch.” – Deepchild Mike Callander is one of Australia’s most dynamic DJs, an innovative producer and remixer, and founder (alongside Christian Vance and Craig McWhinney) of the exciting new Australian record label, Haul Music. Mike’s productions and remixes for his Haul Music imprint have enjoyed incredible feedback and support from a truly diverse range of DJs including Konrad Black, Agoria, Alex Smoke, Len Faki, Brothers Vibe, Deetron, Tim Paris, Hernan Cattaneo, Danny Tenaglia, Alexkid, Nick Warren, Deepchild, Gel Abril and Tomcraft. In addition to his Haul Music output, Mike is currently collaborating with legendary Drum & Bass artist (and producer of Carl Cox’s forthcoming album) Davide Carbone, while at the same time mixing projects for Australian band The Queen’s Head and turntablist DJ Kuya, as well as regular collaborations with Australian favourite and ARIA chart-topper T-Rek. As a DJ it was at his own techno club, Fokus, in Melbourne in 2001, that Mike achieved instant infamy for his genre-bending musical selections and an approach to DJing that was both versatile and unique. A decade later, Mike has performed and toured alongside just about every techno DJ to visit Australia, while in Melbourne holding long term residencies at a range of sought-after clubbing institutions such as Sunny, Nano, Ffour, and the infamous Honkytonks. His mix CD for Honkytonks, entitled “The Last Dance” made its way into record stores across the world in 2006. Since then Mike has toured all across Australia and New Zealand, and as far afield as Berlin, Cologne, Prague, Warsaw, Los Angeles, Madrid and Malaysia, playing alongside artists as diverse as Mathew Jonson, Prins Thomas, Michael Mayer, Radioslave, Luciano, Booka Shade, Trentemoeller, Locodice, Matthew Dear, Stacey Pullen, Agoria (at Berlin's Watergate), M.A.N.D.Y (both in Melbourne and Berlin), and Mr C (in Melbourne and Berlin). Mike’s DJing has also earned accolades from countless touring international artists, with many labeling him one of Australia's finest - most notably Get Physical’s DJ T., who invited Mike to play in Berlin at his anniversary event to celebrate 20 years of DJing. Back in Melbourne, Mike plays at such infamous clubs as Revolver, where he also hosts the back room on Fridays and the “Haul Music Haus Party”, and at events such as Sneakerpeeps and The Likes Of You, as well as Festivals such as Rainbow Serpent, Stereosonic, Creamfields, Future Music and Summadayze. Outside the clubs, Mike has made numerous appearances on radio such as Australia’s national youth radio station Triple J Mix Up (both as a guest and monthly resident DJ), and on Melbourne’s Kiss FM.
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    Selected discography

    *Various / Mixed by Mike Callander & Aram Chapers - Honkytonks: The Last Dance *Mike Callander - Drone - Haul Music *Mike Callander - Feeder - Haul Music *Mike Callander - Lost - Haul Music * Mike Callander - The Blinding Light & The Darkness (incl. Alex Smoke Remix) *Mike Callander - Twilight - Haul Vinyl