Stereo Mike
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Stereo Mike

London, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | MAJOR

London, England, United Kingdom | MAJOR
Established on Jan, 2004
Solo Hip Hop Alternative

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“I’m not going to claim to understand Greek, but music is so much more than just words. Hip-hop in particular is about flow: the flow of the beat, the flow of the MC, and how they flow together. Stereo Mike’s brand of hip-hop is modern, but not obnoxious. The flow is strong. The production is clean. Nothing feels forced. Nevermind the words: Stereo Mike’s music makes you want to dance!” - SXSWfm


"XLI3H really means Evolution for Stereo Mike. The second studio album of the artist a.k.a. Mike Exarchos, demonstrates the multi-dimensional artist's intentions even with its title. A word-play that exposes not only the evolution, but also the XL personality of Mr. Stereo and his international stance…" - Hiphop.gr


"Stereo Mike is nominated for Europe's Favourite Act at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awads" - Hiphop.gr


"The evolution has been extremely interesting, as I wondered like a Satirical Nomad in the musical world of Mike, where independence, an open mind and total dedication to music rule..." - Hiphop.gr


"After his two huge hits, yet another single from album XLI3H … taking us on a journey around his Piraeus 'hood… XLI3H is the title of Stereo Mike's album, which in 2008 won him the most votes from the Greek audience making him the winner of MTV's Best Greek Act but also the first Greek nominee at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in the category of Europe's Favourite Act 2008." - MTV Greece


"After the mega-hit Fevgo (with Haris Alexiou…), Stereo Mike returns with a new single and video. With him, Moixos24, Lagnis and the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra." - Mad TV


"Their soul does have the fire and they managed to elevate the European crowd, on the night of the first Eurovision semifinal!"
- MTV Greece


"With numerous songs and positive energy, Haris Alexiou meets Stereo Mike on Lycabettus hill, for a special night against drug addiction! With classics and new songs alike, the big Greek voice, Haris Alexiou, will be on stage for two hours enchanting her audience, whilst the youth's favourite, Stereo Mike, will open the concert with his hits!" - Mad TV


"Stereo Mike once again puts his magic touch on yet another special urban/hip-hop song, this time next to ... Despina Ricci's performance…" - MTV Greece


"From Europe, to the world… and back to the 'hood. This is how Stereo Mike welcomes us to his third studio album, "Aneli3h". A piece of work that confirms that good things come to those who wait. Partly due to Mike's perfectionism that reminds of Dr. Dre…" - Hiphop.gr


"After a long period of concentration and dedicated work in London, the talented Stereo Mike returns with his new record "ANELI3H" to put things and mics back to their rightful place. Revitalised and with a modern, more electronic sound, the second part of his XLI3H-ANELI3H-KATALH3H trilogy is finally here and, with this, his return to the hits is given." - Mad TV


"He surely is the face of today. His collaboration with Loucas Giorkas … not only received the warmest welcome from the most demanding people in the scene, but also carried his music - Hip-Hop - to a much wider audience." - MTV Greece


Discography

2012 "De S' Afino Ap' Ta Matia Mou", Universal Music
2011 "Akoma" (single, SchiZm), SchiZm / EMI Music
2011 "Watch My Dance", EMI Music
2011 “ANELI3H” (album, Stereo Mike), EMI Music
2011 “To Sklabaki Tis Agapis”, Sony Music
2010 “Now I Know”, EMI Music
2009 “O Paradisos Ine Makria (Remix)”, Lyra
2009 “Ti Na Mas Kani I Nihta”, Sony Music
2009 “Salsa”, Lyra
2008 “Piase Me (Remix)”, Sony Music
2008 “Pump It/Missirlou (Remix)”, Sony Music
2008 “S' Opion Aresi”, EMI Music
2007 “XLI3H” (album, Stereo Mike), EMI Music`
2007 “O Mikros Rockas”, EMI Music
2007 “To Pio Oreo Tipota (Littlest Things)”, EMI Music
2007 “Ola Alazoun”, EMI Music
2007 “O,ti Ke Na Pis”, EMI Music
2006 “Rap Tou Tipota”, Minded Rap Records
2006 “Robot Poetry”, The Sound Of Everything
2005 “O Alos Mpampis/I Polis”, Universal Music
2005 “Guernica”, Atlantis Records
2004 “Satiri Nomades” (album, Stereo Mike), Mo' Money/AMG Records

AWARDS/NOMINATIONS

2008 Best Greek Act, MTV Europe Music Awards

2010 Best Duet, VMAs (Greece)
2009 Best Male Artist, VMAs (Greece)
2009 Best Hip-Hop Video, VMAs (Greece)
2008 Europe’s Favourite Act, MTV (Europe)
2008 Best Video Of The Year, VMAs (Greece)
2008 Best Hip-Hop Video, VMAs (Greece)
2006 Best Hip-Hop Video, VMAs (Greece)

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Bio

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Mike started his musical journey on piano performing in blues and rock bands, but soon found himself experimenting with beats, synths and poetry. By 18 he reached the UK to study Music Production, before embarking on a sound-engineering career specialising in Hip-Hop. His original work brought about interest in the UK and he soon signed his first independent contact releasing his debut album Satiri Nomades in 2005. The innovative DualDisc release of his first two singles - coupled with two groundbreaking music videos - saw his work being licensed to Universal Music and a Best Hip-Hop Video nomination followed in 2006.

"Stereo Mike, is considered one of Greece's best known all round musicians, a rear combination of musical talents. He's a multi-instrumentalist, a lyricist, a fantastic rapper, and a successful music producer with international reputation. His work often carries a social message that translates into any language and his live performances are not to be missed. Watch out..."

Mykaell Riley (Steel Pulse, Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra, China Black, Mark Morrison, East 17, Jamiroquai, Soul II Soul)

A number of major offers met his increasing buzz in 2007 and he chose EMI for his forthcoming album trilogy XLI3H-ANELI3H-KATALH3H. In the following two years, XLI3H produced four successful singles, an MTV Best Greek Act award, four VMA nominations (including Best Hip-Hop Video, Video of the Year and Artist of the Year) and an MTV Europe's Favourite Act nomination, as well as collaborations with local legend Haris Alexiou and London’s Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra. Mike toured extensively and opened for international acts such as Busta Rhymes and De La Soul. One of his forthcoming singles - Peraia Mou - became the modern anthem for the Olympiacos sports team, leading to two live appearances at Piraeus Basketball Court.

In 2010, Mike got nominated for Best Duet, extended his live shows to London and accepted the position of Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where he is now Deputy Course Leader in Commercial Music. He released his follow-up album ANELI3H in 2011 and then created Rapcore outfit SchiZm, receiving sponsorship from Red Bull for their debut single Akoma. His collaboration with legendary group Imiskoumbria led to him joining their Imiz Biz collective in 2012, just as he started working on his follow-up record. In 2013 he became the first Greek artist to ever perform at South By Southwest festival. Mike is now working on album KATALH3H and a documentary from his trip to Austin, Texas, funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. XLI3H has just been included in Greek magazine's Sonik's 30 Best Greek Hip-Hop albums of all time.

"(Mike's) International reputation assured through his various MTV nominations - and most importantly his message - transcends musical boundaries; the hooks, melodies and arrangements are immense and cross sub-cultural divides with ease... His music is the message!"

Alan Fisher (Cabaret Voltaire, Take That, Bjork, Boy George, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, 808 State)

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