Weddings and special occasions are no stranger to Michelangelo Battaglia, aka Mike Bee, who got his start DJ’ing family weddings and high school barbecues as a kid growing up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mike’s musical journey would take him across the country to San Francisco and see him immersed in music and DJ culture, working at nearly every level of the industry over a 25-year career, making him an exceptional choice to soundtrack one of the best days of your life.
An early path as a classically trained opera and music theater student at Carnegie Mellon University took a left turn as Mike dove headfirst into the emerging rave scene of the early 90’s. After moving to the West Coast, he immediately started DJ’ing through out San Francisco, as resident selector of such legendary club nights as Ikon Massive (for which Mike programmed and mixed a commercially-available CD compilation of the same name), La Belle Epoque and Bottom Heavy. Mike’s DJ’ing exploits have seen him open for myriad big-name headliners, from James Murphy to LTJ Bukem, Mark Farina to Andras Fox, Alexander Robotnick to Ryuichi Sakamoto & over his 20+ year DJ career Mike has done thousands of gigs both home and across the country and globe.
Mike’s longevity as a DJ has also seen him incorporate many different musical genres into his repertoire: starting out as a drum’n’bass DJ and moving through UK/2-step garage, Broken Beat, downtempo & chillout styles, disco, deep house, techno and more. His eclecticism is a result of a lifelong musical addiction that is the lifeblood of his skills as selector, curator, presenter & tastemaker, and he is asked to consult his encyclopedic knowledge of music and culture daily.
If there’s a hat to wear in the industry, Mike has worn it – whether as dance/electronic music buyer for Amoeba Music SF (1998-2011), columnist for Urb Magazine (1997-2000) or XLR8R (1997-2005), co-host of Future Breaks FM (1997-2004) or the Friday Night Session (2002-2010) on sadly deceased former community radio hub KUSF 90.3FM, nightlife promoter (1995-present) or Mike’s current endeavor as owner of Lower Haight-based dance culture record shop Vinyl Dreams. Launching in 2011, Vinyl Dreams has been Mike’s attempt to give the Bay Area dance music community a place to gather & commiserate and experience music and culture with no barrier to entry.
Mike continues to DJ regularly in SF and beyond: as resident DJ at Housepitality SF, Das Sind Wir SF, Dance Jam Berkeley and Muka SF, while his travelling endeavors have seen him recently drop sets at the Sunset Campout (Belden, CA), Chillits (Laytonville, CA), Folding Space (Seattle), Desert Trip Fest (Indio, CA) Dublab (LA) and Systematic (LA) .