We had the good fortune of connecting with Michaelanthony and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michaelanthony, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Pursuing a career in djaying has taught me the ability to step out of my comfort zone. I wouldn’t have gotten this far in my career if I was still living in my own comfort. I’ve learned the ability to ease my nerves when performing in front of crowds of people who don’t know who I am. I have exchanged conversations with some of the most influential people in the entertainment industry. I’ve learned how to work with different kinds of people and personalities. I learned how to balance my emotions when things don’t go my way. Making a name yourself as an artist and dj is such a rollercoaster. You’ll have many highs and many lows, but I have braced myself with grit over the years. Seven years in the game and I feel like I’m barely starting.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I go by the name of DJ MIKECOOL, all caps, one word. The Most Versatile Millennial DJ, always doing it for the culture! Surpassing the greatest and breaking records daily! With all that said, I’ve been djaying for about 7 years and consider myself the most versatile millennial DJ because there’s no other dj doing it like me.
Born and raised in San Francisco, I’ve always been inspired and uplifted by the diversity and culture that surrounded me growing up. Falling in love with hip-hop at such an early age influenced my style of djaying as a turntablist. I strive to keep the DJ culture alive with my scratch and mixing skills combined with my creativity and diverse music knowledge. I’m the type of DJ to mix an Evanescence acapella over a DJ Mustard beat, along with some bay area flavor. I’m a multi-genre DJ because no genre should be left untouched. It is my goal to combine different styles of music and allow people to appreciate it in ways they never thought of.
I’ve opened up for several acts, including Jermaine Dupri, G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, Sage the Gemini, the late great, Nipsey Hussle, and many more. I have won the 2015 Campus DJ competition for best college DJ at San Francisco State University.
I’ve djayed some of the biggest nightclubs in multiple cities across the Bay Area, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. I’ve been part of nightlife for the last 5 years and have held several residencies over the years.
Additionally, I work for one of the top radio stations in the Bay Area, 99.7 Now FM as an on-air dj and programmer. It took me a lot of determination and overcoming mental battles to get where I am today. Being an artist can be difficult because your career is never set in stone and it is an emotional rollercoaster. You can have it all today and lose it all tomorrow. One day you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, the next day you’ll feel low and question yourself. But overall, just being myself has advanced my career. I always believe that talent gets you through the door, but your character keeps you in the room. Being a good person and having good morals have carried me far.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first thing I’d tell them is, welcome to San Francisco! Since I love to eat, I would take them to my favorite taqueria, Taqueria Guadalajara near the neighborhood where I grew up. I have been going there for years, and it is still good to this day. Then we’d go bar hop in the Mission. We’d start at Double Dutch bar then work our way down Mission St until we end up at Beauty Bar. First round on me! Going out for drinks is my go to especially if I’m spinning that night or one of my favorite djs is spinning.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank my dj crew Mixsterious, and everyone who’s helped me along the way in my career. Also I’d like to thank everyone who didn’t believe in me because you guys motivated me to push forward!
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