Mike City

(Producer, Songwriter, Musician, Arranger, DJ, Executive Producer)

Born Michael Flowers but professionally known as “Mike City” this musician / songwriter / arranger is the definitive difference between a producer and a beat maker. Ushering in a generational sound of music introduced through the likes of Carl Thomas, Jimmy Cozier and Sunshine Anderson immediately elevated “City” to the upper echelon of music makers, and his extensive catalog has been growing ever since. Currently setting the stage for lightening to strike twice, Mike City’s new wave of R&B dance music is a feel good movement rooted in traditional R&B infused with dance.

A Philly native, his gift of music was passed down through a long line of talented singers including his mother and grandmother, and his father who sang with the Highway QC’s; he also had a brother who played with the legendary gospel group, “The Mighty Clouds of Joy”. Growing up in Philly and Jersey at a time when Hip-Hop and House music were just jumping off, “City” as he is called, absorbed the cultures and has always had a penchant for dance music. The one time barber attended North Carolina Central University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration on music voice, and set out for a career as an artist. In the early 90’s he began singing as a part of a group known as Choyce, but it was the blind faith and initiative of sending in a demo of his work to an A&R that garnered his first solo deal with Intersound Records.

An early believer in his innate musical ability and star power was then Uptown records head Heavy D. “Before even hearing any of my music, Heavy D told me I was going to be a star,” recalls the seasoned producer. However, it wasn’t until coming to the attention of Sean “P- Diddy” Combs that things began to change for him. “When my childhood friend Tuffy, who was in the group Channel Live, took me to “Daddy’s House”, Diddy had already had his stable full with his Hitmen (producers) so when he walked in and Puff didn’t know who I was he kicked me out in a roundabout way.” he laughingly remembers. As fate would have it, a week later when Diddy listened to the track for “I Wish” he was immediately hooked and a week later, Mike City was in the biggest recording studio at The Hit Factory, and the buzz was ignited.

Mike City’s music created a new feeling in R&B music and crafting signature sounds for new talent under the helm of Bad Boy’s roster catapulted the producer virtually overnight. Engrossed in emotion when he writes a song, his ability for instrumentation is like a harmonious love affair between the music and the lyrics allowing the right talent to breathe their own voice into the life of the music making it timeless, and relevant. Whether it’s Pop, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Soulful House or R&B it’s all about the emotion behind the music for the transformative music maker who has created feel good hits for artists including: Babyface, El Debarge, Faith Evans, Usher, Dave Hollister, Gerald Levert, Brandy, Rihanna, Lalah Hathaway, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, Nappy Roots, Kelly Price, Jamie Foxx and more.

Makin’ Moves – Summer Series Terrace Parties – 7th August – Special Guest TBC

Makin’ Moves continue their series of summer all day terrace parties at Cargo in Shoreditch on Sunday 7th August.  This event last year was a roadblock so make sure you arrive early!

Jamesey and Matt L-S our residents will be providing their unique brand of deep soulful house and laying down exclusive music from their label. The boys will be joined by some of their dj friends including Martin Lodge from Mi Soul Radio and djsoulprovyder from 4 to the Floor who will be providing soulful house, soul, funk, boogie out on the terrace for 9 whole hours!

DJs on rotation

Jamesey & Matt L-S (Residents)
Martin Lodge (Mi-Soul / Southport Weekender)
DJ Soulprovyder (4 to the Floor)

+ special guest performance TBC

Makin’ Moves
Sunday 7th August
83, Rivington Street
London EC2A 3AY
Nearest tube: Old Street / Liverpool Street

Doors: 3pm-12am
FREE Entry all day
For more info check www.makin-moves.co.uk

Check out the Makin’ Moves show every Thursday night 8-10pm GMT www.housefm.net.

Ian Friday

Ian Friday is the founder of Global Soul Music which brings soulful music from around the world to the masses. This writer, producer and DJ coined the term “Global Soul” as a genre of music that connects house, soul, afro beat, jazz and world music. Ian has been making an impact within the arts since the early 1990’s as the founder of a not for profit arts organization called The Tea Party Inc., which provided a platform for emerging and established artists. Now in its tenth year, Friday’s successful NYC residency, Libation, has become the home base for “Global Soul”.

MAKIN049 – Ian Friday ft. Mike City – Never Gets Old

Makin’ Moves welcome Brooklyn producer and dj Ian Friday and singer song writer Mike City to the label with ‘Never Gets Old’ a love song ripe for summer.

Both live on opposite sings of the USA with Mike hailing from LA so having wanting to work together for some years the guys linked up last year and this is the result! Mike writing this beautiful song and ian jumped in the lab and came up with some of his trademark beats.

Both Ian and Mike have had solid releases this year and are both on the crest of a wave with the house music community so its really a perfect combination.

The package also features mixes from Chicago’s Abicah Soul who makes a return to the label.  Promos available from Traxsource.com from Friday 10th June 2016.

Ian Friday ft. Mike City
Never Gets Old
Lyrics & vocals by Mike City
Mike City Music/Nottinghill-BMI
Music produced by Ian Friday