|Mix Master Mike Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||April 4, 1970|
Mix Master Mike is an American turntablist, entrepreneur, DJ, TV personality, and singer. He is best known for providing backing vocals and his DJ skills during live performances of the hip hop group Beastie Boys between 1998 and 2012.
Michael A. Schwartz
Mix Master Mike
San Francisco, California, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
He ran away from home at the age of 16 and didn’t graduate high school.
DJ, Turntablist, Entrepreneur, Singer, TV Personality
- Father – Mark Schwartz
- Mother – “Mzlanikai”
- Siblings – Katie (née Schwartz) Farah (Sister), Megan (née Schwartz) Fredrick (Sister)
- Others – Tony Bennett (Uncle), Jack Dylan Grazer (Nephew)
Mix Master Mike is represented by Copeland Entertainment (Talent Agent, Manager) in Encino, California, United States.
Turntablism, Rap Rock, Hip-Hop/Rap
Vocals, Turntables, Mixer
- Grand Royal
- Capitol Records
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
80 kg or 176.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Mix Master Mike has dated –
- Diana “Dianne” Copeland (1996-Present) – He started dating Diana Copeland, who is also his manager, on July 4, 1996. They got married in 1999 and have a daughter named Mercedes “Ceydee” together.
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (White and Asian)
He is of Filipino descent on his maternal side and of German-Jewish descent on his paternal side.
Dark Brown (Natural)
- Bushy eyebrows
- Multiple tattoos
Mix Master Mike is a big supporter of the OperationSmile and Vogel Alcove organizations.
Mix Master Mike Favorite Things
Source – Instagram
Mix Master Mike Facts
- He grew up listening to his uncle Tony’s massive record collection. He was also a big metalhead at the time and listened to bands such as Slayer, Led Zeppelin, and Motörhead.
- Mix Master Mike got his start by working venues such as weddings, celebrations, garage DJ battles, and house parties.
- He, DJ Qbert, and DJ Apollo decided to form a turntablist group named titled Invisibl Skratch Piklz, formerly Shadow of the Prophet, in 1989. All 3 of them were of Filipino descent and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- He calls members of his fanbase Mix Fam.
- International Turntablist Federation honored him with a 1995 Grand Wizzard Theodore lifetime achievement award.
- He is well-known for his intricate scratch routines, using heavy bass, and using a wah-wah pedal with his turntables, which is commonly used by rock and metal guitarists.
- Mix Master Mike was often credited with inventing the ‘Tweak Scratch’. To achieve the drop in sound and pitch, he moves his record back and forth while the platter motor is stopped.
- A secret character that physically resembles him can be unlocked by entering a cheat code in SSX Tricky (2002), a snowboarding video game.
- With the help of Skullcandy, he designed and released official Mix Master Mike headphones on December 2, 2010.
- He, alongside other Beastie Boys members, was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame in May 2012.
- After the release of their 9th studio album, Elephants on Acid (2018), B-Real announced Mix Master Mike would become a member of the hip hop group Cypress Hill. With that, he joined other members – Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Bobo.
- Mix Master Mike listed his biggest influences as Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. The most important thing he learned from Miles Davis is the power of silence on building up excitement within the crowd.
- He has his line of sunglasses as part of Black Flys Eyewear, named MMMFLY.
- He is good friends with John Rinehart, an author, short film producer, speaker, and CFO of Sacramento Kings, and his wife.
- Mix Master Mike is a big believer in Malcolm Gladwell’s “10k hours rule”.
- Mix Master Mike, by his approximation, has 80k records at home and chose 5k of his favorite records to display in his studio.
Featured Image by Michael Morel / Flickr / CC BY-2.0