MICKEY MIXIN’ OLIVER
Mickey Mixin’ Oliver is a resident DJ on The Beat Chicago. He’s been featured on our Saturday Night Live Ain’t No Jive Chicago Dance Party which was started by our sister station, WBMX back in 1981.
“Mickey Mixin’ Oliver is an original member of the legendary DJ team, the Hot Mix 5. Created by WBMX Program Director, the Hot Mix 5 were the DJs who brought house music to the world on the radio station’s mix shows every Friday and Saturday night. Oliver is also an award-winning remixer, producer and label owner.
The Hot Mix 5 are also honorary inductees into the U.S. Dance Music Hall of Fame. They have their own honorary street sign in the heart of downtown at Columbus and Balbo as well as individual honorary street signs in the areas of the city they represented or came from.
Program Director put together a group of DJs in the Chicago area that became known as the Hot Mix 5. The cutting-edge DJs that made up the founding members included Mickey Mixin’ Oliver, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Kenny “Jammin” Jason, Ralphi “Rockin” Rosario, and Scott “Smokin” Silz. The five would go on to set the standard for all others to follow, pioneering many of the turntablism tactics that have influenced the best DJ’s even to this day.
Born in the shadow of the steel mills on the South Side of Chicago, Mickey Mixin’ Oliver was destined to help bring the underground sound of house music to the masses.
Mickey then began his very first syndicated radio mix show on the Star Stream Radio Network, which was ultimately followed by the Satellite Music Network, a division of ABC where Mickey became syndicated on over 100 stations from coast to coast. Spreading house music to appreciative fans around the world performing at places like the Mecca of dance music itself, the Balearic Island of Ibiza!
Mickey Oliver started Hot Mix 5 Records, along with Kenny Jason & Ralphi Rosario from the Hot Mix 5. They produced and released many hits, as two have stood the test of time as being in the Top 10 All-Time House Music Records, “In-Ten-Si-T” and “You Used To Hold Me”.
The Chicago Bull’s basketball legend himself, Michael Jordan, commissioned Mickey to provide the music soundtrack to a documentary for the Michael Jordan Foundation, for which Mickey wrote the song “Pick Me Up.” Offers by the sports world began to follow. He edited the music for the Chicago Bulls, their Cheerleaders the Luvables, and for various Sports Networks. He also had the main song in the #1 Box Office Hit Movie “Red Heat”, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belushi.
Later, Mickey founded Powerhouse Records Remix Service. In two short years, it was voted the top Remix service for DJs in the Country. Around that same time he teamed up with Hot Mix Radio Network to put together the comprehensive ten-hour “Mix Of The 80’s” helping to launch The Hot Mix Radio Network on the ABC Radio Network.
Mickey Oliver has been named by the London Observer as one of the 10 most influential DJs of all time. Mickey produced and directed a 10 Episode Television Show called Intensi-T TV that aired on DirecTV, Channel 354 the Resort & Residence Channel and on Dish Network’s Colours TV.
Mickey’s live stage show also played at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood.
Today, Mickey spins around the world and can be found doing his own amazing boat parties and club gigs here in Chicago.
Back in the day, people used to record the mixes on the radio so they wouldn’t miss them. Today, we go one better, we archive all the mixes so you can listen to any of the mixes from any of our mix shows on demand.