Wherever you are in the world and you hear someone say “HEY!!” you turnaround and immediately pay attention. It’s been the same international reaction for award winning DJ Michel de HEY since his arrival at the club turntables back in 1986 – a year that recognises him as one of the first techno artists to emerge from The Netherlands.
Two decades later, HEY! has evolved to encompass two labels [HEY! Records & EC Records], regular HEY! parties, the HEY-Muzik radio show, as well as a string of awards and chart soaring productions. With performances taking him around the globe each week from Time Warp to Tokyo to Ibiza, Michel’s career and accomplishments show no signs of stopping – just like the global clubbing crowds that he moves on the dancefloor. Funky, sexy & smooth. This is the techno and techhouse sound that defines Michel De Hey. A sound that can be heard scorching the global club systems each week as well as frying the radio waves, courtesy of his show HEY-Muzik. Broadcast nationwide every Friday on Fresh FM it won the top prize in 2009 for Holland’s best ‘dance radio show’. Michel is no stranger to dance music awards though, he’s received a string of nominations for best Techno DJ over the years, claiming the prize an impressive four times. With this in mind, it’s no surprise to know that since 2003, London based agency Litheum has been managing all his performance dates outside of Benelux, alongside the likes of DJ greats Carl Cox and John Digweed. But it was already in the eighties that he started to mix and DJ. His first producing break came in 1992 with the aptly titled release “Break” where he shot into the top 10 of the US billboard Dance Charts.
Now living in Amsterdam, the charts have been a second home to him since then, residing there across the years as both a solo artist as well as his genius collaborations with artists such as M.I.R.K.O. Together they co-created The Fast Forward Anthem “Be My Guest” [EC Records] which soared to the number 1 spot in the 2004 Dutch Pepsi charts as well as Beatport welcoming them back to their top ten last year, with “Be My Love” on imprint Noir.
As well as being a clubclass producer and international DJ, Michel champions the Dutch techno and techhouse sound through his involvement as an ambassador and anthem maker for Holland’s annual festival FFWD, the Dutch equivalent of Love Parade, as well as his mixes on an impressive list of compilations. These mixes so far include the 'Essential Elements' series, the 'Technological Elements' series, Dance Valley on Ibiza' 'Dance Valley Main stage Edition', 'Syntec', ‘MDH 01’ ‘Two faces’, ‘Recorded in Rotterdam’ and ‘No Nonsense’. His latest release is just out on his own label, HEY! Records Above all though, it’s his DJ sets that have branded him a pioneer of the underground techno scene and sent his status soaring to Holland’s #1 techno and tech house DJ, guaranteeing him a summer residency in Ibiza every Friday (SuperGround by SuperMartxe, PrivilegeIbiza) as well as a stage each week on the global club circuit (including party hotspots: Ibiza’s Space, Japan’s Womb and Wire Festival, Time Warp in Germany and Holland, Monegros in Spain, Circo Loco at DC10, Cocoon, Creamfields and many more). From Ibiza to Indonesia - Michel de Hey guarantees quality long sets that entertain, engage and cook the dancefloor. In 2011 the successful HEY! club nights, which already has seen guests like Ricardo Villalobos, Gaiser, Karotte, Paul Kalkbrenner, Josh Wink and many more, continue their party crazyness. This year HEY! will host its own area at Free Your Mind festival, next to their monthly nights. Still Michel has found time to do some more productions after his successful release for Paul Ritch" Quartz imprint and his second release for Circle records in Germany. new releases for HEY! and EC will followSo if you’ve missed Michel’s sounds and performances in the past, then “HEY!”
- It’s now time to pay attention.