You only have to see Mike Gushansky play live to know you’ve made a special connection. He’s an improviser and storyteller, light and sure on his fingers, fluently guiding the long set. He feeds off the thrilling variables of a live performance—the mood of the room, the nuances of vinyl, all those things within and beyond control that can make a night memorable. He cares more about the groove than the genre, probing that golden spot between techno, house, disco and funk until he’s brought the party home. And he knows that no two parties are the same, which means that each set is crafted for the moment, an intimate interplay between the artists, the space, and the audience.
Gushansky’s broad reach reflects his long and varied musical upbringing. Trained as a classical pianist, he bought his first pair of Technics at the age of 17. He developed his signature style while living in Santa Cruz, where he threw Don’t Panic, a series of renegade raves in the forests outside the city borders. Under the mentorship of Direct to Earth’s Bob Five and As You Like It’s Jeremy Bispo, he moved on to Oakland and the underground warehouses around the San Francisco Bay Area. Those unpredictable situations, whether the wilderness or an illegal space, were a perfect training ground to make him the versatile, hands-on DJ he is today.
Now a decade into the game, Gushansky is a co-creator of the renowned Redline series in his hometown of Los Angeles, as well as a resident of San Francisco’s wildly popular As You Like It parties since 2013. In addition to playing up and down the West Coast of the United States, he’s appeared at Hot Mass in Pittsburgh, Smartbar in Chicago, SAFE in Miami, U Street Music Hall in Washington DC, Wherehouse in Tijuana, and Sessions in Mexicali, alongside the likes of Marcellus Pittman, Mike Servito, Antal, Hunee, Gerd Janson, Carlos Souffront, Move D, Prosumer, Peggy Gou and The Black Madonna.
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