Mickey Zhang is the leading figure in the growing Chinese Techno
music scene. As a producer, DJ, event organizer and ambassador for
the Chinese underground music scene, he has pushed forward the
development of Electronic music in China, and remains one of the
most in-demand Chinese DJs in Asia. As part of the first generation
of Chinese electronic producer/Djs, Mickey was the first Chinese DJ
to play at Berlin’s original Tresor Club, Amsterdam’s ADE, and
France’s Midem Festivals, first producer to release an album of
original work in China and first Chinese DJ to play at Wire Festival,
Japan’s biggest techno party. More recently, Mickey has remixed
Ken Ishii, and had his music featured at the Cannes Film Festival.
Originally from northwest China, Mickey’s family is certainly a
musical one – his elder brother, mother and father are involved in
Chinese Classical Music, Chinese Opera and Dance. At age 11
Mickey was accepted by the Beijing Dance Academy where he
studied for six years.
After graduating, Mickey joined a dance
troupe in Guangzhou, travelled throughout China and was exposed
to electronic music for the first time. After seeing Technasia
perform live, Mickey moved to Beijing in 2000 and started on the
road to becoming a DJ.
A residency at Beijing’s legendary club Orange and support slots for
international DJs like Laurent Garnier, Ken Ishii, Technasia and more
Mickey branched out into music production in 2002,
remixing the World Cup Chinese theme song, producing music for
television, and releasing an album which received excellent reviews
in the Chinese media.
In 2004 Mickey helped to establish an event
planning company called o2 Culture, known in China for their
groundbreaking "YEN" event series that has helped build the
foundation of the Chinese electronic scene. Focused on highlighting
local talent, Yen eschewed big name foreign stars in favor of rising
DJs from around China, while attracting huge crowds to raves in
warehouse spaces and even on the Great Wall of China.
Mickey may well be the Chinese Electronic music scene’s most
travelled ambassador, having played in many countries around the
world, all through Europe, Japan Thailand, Canada. For the 50th
anniversary of Chinese-French diplomatic relation of 2004, Mickey
was invited to France to play in four cities. In 2009, Mickey was
invited to Canada to perform and speak about the Chinese music
scene at Canadian Music Week. In 2010, Mickey moved to Berlin to
explore the European scene and expand his musical horizons.
Mickey and his older brother, Zhang Wei, are also hard at work on a
new album featuring electronic beats, classical Chinese instruments
and modern production.