Swedish DJ and producer Mike Perry’s leap into the big-time came in 2016 when his catchy tropical jam ‘The Ocean’ featuring Shy Martin became a huge hit, racking up over 375 million streams. He’s since recorded big tunes for Spinnin’ and DF Records and has kept the pressure up in 2020 with a string of releases featuring a variety of artists including Orange Villa, Sarah De Warren, Wanja Janeva and Nathaniel.
Perry’s music is big room with a heart, full of massive, fizzy synth riffs, emotive vocals and a radio-friendly sensibility that has won him lots of young fans as well as making him a rising star on the festival circuit. His DJ sets, meanwhile — as demonstrated by his appearance on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Virtual Festival — are an accessible, high-octane journey through vocal and electro-house. Aside from his busy release schedule, Perry is also currently building a new recording studio in his home to cook up more musical treats for his fans.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Spending quality time with my kids and family. Got a new house and currently building a new studio in there. Making music.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“Never take anything for granted. I’ve seen a lot of damage happen during this crisis, but I have also seen a lot of people coming up with great pieces of music and other ideas.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“Music has always been a place that is free of racism, there are creators and fans in almost all genres from different cultures. I realise it’s a complex question for the world, but in music it should be less complex and much easier to correct. We are all the same!”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“I’m trying to work with a lot of unsigned talent that is strong on the creation side/vocal side of things. Almost all of my tracks feature people that are great and very skilful, but maybe a bit less well known.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Since I grew up during the glory days of melodic trance, I’ll pick Motorcycle ‘As The Rush Comes’, it had a big impact on me when I was a kid.”