Mike Willemsen (born November 27, 1996), better known by his stage name Mike Williams, is a Dutch DJ, record producer, musician and remixer from Kortenhoef, North Holland. He is best known for working with Tiësto and as an artist of Spinnin’ Records, who recognized him as an “artist of the future”. He is regarded as a pioneer of the future house subgenre, “future bounce”.
Willemsen was born on November 27, 1996 in Drunen, Netherlands. He started playing the piano as a kid at the age of 6.When he grew a little older, he learned to read music sheets when he takes on piano lessons, but would rather devise, make and play his own songs. Afterwards, he quit his lessons and started working on a laptop with amplifier and his father’s speakers.At the age of 12, he learned to DJ and produced his first dance track. At 14, he performed as a DJ in a club for 500 people. He was regularly booked for gigs after that.
At the beginning, he released numerous remixes and bootlegs of songs such as “Blame” by Calvin Harris and “I Really Like You” by Carly Rae Jepsen, which received over 3 million plays on SoundCloud. The remix of Harris’ single was well-received in the market and was regularly played by other DJs such as Oliver Heldens at their sets. Later on, he started releasing his own songs, as well as collaborations with other artists and his first single was “Konnichiwa”, which was released on January 31, 2015. On June 6, 2015, he released “Candy”, a collaboration with Dastic. Williams’ single “Battlefield” under the alias WLLMS with Robby East was released on June 26, 2015. Since then, he was approached by labels and managements before signing with Spinnin’ Records. He was signed by Tiësto who later on also released a single with him, and managed by MusicAllStars.
On February 29, 2016, he released “Sweet & Sour”, his first single through Tiësto’s label Musical Freedom. The single peaked at number 6 on the Beatport Top 100 chart. An official music video for the song was released. On March 8, 2016, he was a guest and performed at Bij Igmar on SLAM!. During the Ultra Music Festival in 2016, Tiësto introduced Williams to the crowd and invited him to perform on his set. On May 16, 2016, Williams released “Groovy George”, a collaboration with Justin Mylo through Musical Freedom. An official music video for the song was released. That same month, the two were guests and had performed at Bij Igmar on SLAM!. On August 5, 2016, together with Tiësto, he released “I Want You” through Musical Freedom as a free download. The single received over 16 million plays as of March 2017. That same month, he performed at the 2016 Mysteryland festival. In September, Williams remixed “Feel the Love”, a single by Janieck, officially released on September 26. On October 17, 2016, he released “Take Me Down”, his first single through Spinnin’ Records. That same month, he performed at the Amsterdam Dance Event for the first time. His remix of “Money Maker” by Throttle featuring LunchMoney Lewis and Aston Merrygold came out on November 7, 2016, was his last release for the year.
On January 5, 2017, he started his own radio show titled “Mike Williams on Track”, which is a part of the weekend schedule of Dutch radio station SLAM!. Four days later, he returned to Musical Freedom and released “Bambini”, his first single of the year. On March 3, 2017, he released the single “Another Night” featuring Matluck on Spinnin’ Records. An official music video for the song was also released. An acoustic version was released four weeks and five days later. On March 13, 2017, Williams announced on social media that his laptop has been stolen at Sunday night. While he was sleeping, a thief broke into his home in Amsterdam. He then woke up, but it was to late and he saw the thief running away with his laptop. The laptop had valuable data for him as a producer prompting Williams to offer a $2000 reward to whoever helps him to get it back. On April 27, 2017, he performed at AFAS Stadion in Alkmaar during SLAM! Koningsdag 2017. On May 8, 2017, he released the single “Don’t Hurt” on Spinnin’ Records, which featured Brēzy. An official music video for the song was also released. That same month, he was a guest again and performed at Bij Igmar on SLAM!. Shortly afterwards, Williams released an official remix for “Hunter”, a single by Galantis. A month later, he collaborated with Lucas & Steve and Curbi for the single “Let’s Go”. The four had then hosted an episode on the Spinnin’ Records radio show Spinnin’ Sessions. On August 4, 2017, he and Felix Jaehn released the collaborative single “Feel Good”. Which was in the top 50 on the Apple Music dance charts, and spent a couple of weeks on the A-list dance playlist on Apple Music. A week later, he released “Step Up”, a collaboration with Tom & Jame on the sub-label Spinnin’ Copyright Free Music as a free download. On September 4, 2017, he released a single with Brooks, titled “Jetlag”.
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