Press Kit – Dj Mickey D
Mickey Louw aka Dj Mickey D
Specilities – Dj & Master of Ceremonies (MC):
Dj Demo Mixes (MixTapes):
Dj Mickey D is well renowned for his incredible versatility and ability to handle any crowd, any event, any size, whether its teaching his students how to dj at his dj school or dj'ing to 30 000+ spectators at the IRB 7's stadium. His reputation precedes him and he knows how to get a crowd going. He is witty, energetic, sharp and professional. Mickey has been dj'ing for over 2 decades now, he has performed at MANY different events, clubs, venues and promotions alongside some top national and international artists and his talent has taken him across international borders to Italy. Mickey is an explosive performer and offers amazing Dj and MC talent, all in one package.
Mickey is the CEO of MixAcademy Entertainment, the largest supplier in the Garden Route of Dj’s and MC’s for all events. He is very passionate about what he does and provide only the best Dj’s and MC’s to his clients.
Mickey has been Dj'ing since 1994, when a friend and I started a small mobile disco doing school socials and school holiday gigs at our local civic centre, packing the hall on some nights with 700 kids. A year later, I got my first residency at a club called Power House, playing grunge, alternative and rock. Right after school i moved to Witbank where I was resident at Equinox and another club (sorry, forgot the name) and since my influence was the like of Prodigy, Dj Nelson and Dj Adrian, I started getting the speed garage scene for a few years. 2 years down the line I moved back to George and got a residency at a local hotspot called Carousel.
Since they catered for a wide age group, I soon had to learn how to play various genres from 70's and 80's to lollipop sing along music. We hosted many events, bands and dj's @ Carousel such as, modeling shows, Just Jinger, Boo, Springbok Nude Girls, Nelson, Surge, Dizzy, Speedy and MANY other top names in the industry. Getting exposed to this variety of entertainment did my career and experience the world of good. After 2 years at Carousel, I parted to become a freelance Dj as I saw the gap in making myself available to other gigs around the area that can boost my experience and get my name out there. I started playing at various other clubs such as Station in Mossel Bay, Al's in Knysna, Rock Art in Oudtshoorn and soon my details ended up with organizers and brand reps that started booking me for more and more events. This started landing me gigs at the annual KKnK in Oudtshoorn, the Knysna Oyster Festival and Matric Rage in Plett. This turned into recurring bookings for me over a period of a few years.
I was asked to stand in for a Dj randomly one Tuesday evening at Stones in George and after my set, the manager was so impressed he wanted me on board. Myself and Dj Ryan ended up getting that place pumping in no time and National management got word of me as well as the dj agency for Stones. This lead into me training the girls for the sisters of spin competition for George and Knysna and one of the girls I trained came second in the finals.
I was offered a residency at Stones in Knysna where things were really rocking. During this time I was approached by a local radio station, Eden FM, and they asked me to host the hip hop and r&b show on Thursday evenings. This added on more experience sitting the studio presenting a show, it was something different, and I LOVED it! After 2 years I decided to move to Cape Town to spread my wings and get more experience.
The dj agency for Stones was based in Cape Town so they got me into venues from the get-go. I started playing at Privilege, Ku De Ta and Cubana in Edward street as well as Cubana Newlands and Hermanus. My Dj career was sky rocketing! I was rocking the dance floors, managers and club owners were super impressed! After a major setback, I had to return to George to
start over. This was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. Starting from the bottom was not easy, but I got my music library up to scratch and started playing at the local clubs again.
I got bookings again for the Knysna Oyster Festival and the major boost for me was the IRB 7's that was hosted in George. I played in the VIP and Heineken tent for the 1st 2 years and the 3rd year, I landed the stadium dj gig, playing to well over 30 000 people. In April 2008, I was flown up to a ski resort in Livigno, Italy, where I dj'd at 2 different venues for 3 weeks during the closing of the season – it was an incredible experience to play overseas!
Places, People, Gigs:
• Cape Town: Ku De Ta, Privilege, Cubana, Stones Edward Street, FTV,
• Gauteng: A club in Sandton – can't remember the name (played with Lindy Lush that night)
• George: Zanzibar, Funky Fly, Carouse George, Cactus, Carousel, Bellanapolis, Turbulence, Lizards, Stones
• Mossel Bay: Carouse, Station, Big Blu, Stones, The Gannet, Havannah
• Knysna: Al’s, The Lounge, Stones, Zanzibar
• Plettenberg Bay: Flash backs, Philly Fusion, Zanzibar, Cubar, Plett Rage
• Oudtshoorn: Rock Art, Praters, Lemon and Lime, (MK stage during 2012 KKnK)
1. Klein Karoo Kunste Fees – Oudtshoorn 2. Matric Rage Plett 3. One of the highlights of my career was the 2005 Knysna Oyster Festival after Party where he played to a crowd in excess of 8000+ people. I also played at the 2008 festival to 4000+ peeps! I have been the main Dj at the this event for 6 years now.
2011 proved to be another major success with +- 4500 people!
IRB 7's 4. Another Highlight was the IRB 7's Rugby at Outeniqua Stadium George. I was involved in the following: 2008 & 2009 Season – VIP Tent Dj @ Outeniqua Stadium & Dj @ The Official IRB 7's After Party @ Zanzibar George. 2010 – Main Stadium Dj for the IRB 7's as well as the Official After Party @ Zanzibar George.
After moving to Cape Town December 2005, I also had the pleasure of Dj'ing at clubs like: Privilege and Ku De Ta in Edward Street, as well as a couple of Cubanas in and around Cape Town and Hermanus.
Product Launches & Promos:
Mickey worked with Vodacom on many different occasions as MC for their summer launches on beaches and malls across the Garden Route. I have done Dj and MC work for major companies and brands such as:
Bowman (Largest Law Firm in Africa)
Standard Bank Wealth Management
Celebrity breakfast show MC, and other corporate events
In 2008, Mickey partnered with a Certified Spinning Coach (Matthys du Toit) and together we brought a unique experience to Spinning Studio's across the country: Live Dj with Spinning Instructor in session!
This has proven to get waiting lists FULL at various gyms and raised a HUGE amount of interest in the industry bringing a different twist to the table.
Places and events we've done together:
Virgin Active – George, Planet Fitness
Cape Town, Virgin Active
Tyger Valley & Virgin Active – Sunningdale
Relay Cancer walk for Life – Oudtshoorn – we had the main slot for 3 years from 23:00-1:50am where I played live while Thys was leading an almost 2 hour spinning session. His setup was linked to the stadium PA and the people CROWDED around the spinning area to see what we got up to. a truly unforgettable experience! Over the years I have had the privilege of sharing the stage with so man local talents and acts from performers, radio presenters and other local celebs.
International Artists Mickey shared the Stage with:
Triple S & SM Traxx
Mickey hosted the Hip Hop and R & B show on Eden FM a few years ago. This ran for about a year until the station had to shut down due to broadcasting license issues.
Today they are up and running again and going strong. Currently he is co-hosting a technology talk show on Knysna FM every Friday from 10:30 to 11:00 called Tech Chat, along with presenter, Eon Engelbrecht – its labelled “the fun and easy to understand technology talk show”. This has been running for about 3 years now.
In 2008, Mickey was flown up to play at a number of places all over Livigno, Italy. This was a real push adding international status and being able to bring this experience back to the clubs and my students.
Today Mickey has been blessed to have done well over 250 weddings and corporate functions – MixAcademy is growing with a compliment of Dj's and MC's as well as a host of products and services doing a variety of events such as outdoor sporting events, fashion shows, Tavern launches, product activations and SO much more. I give God all the glory for my achievements and with a grateful heart I can say that I have an amazing reliable and professional crew doing all sorts of work in and around the Garden Route.
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