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Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike talks Metallica tour, Beasties history, and more

The pioneering DJ will be an opening performer on Metallica’s 2017 'WorldWired' tour

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Today on the Culture Creature podcast: an interview with Mix Master Mike. Mike rocked the globe with the Beastie Boys for many years and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 2012. He was recently announced as one of the opening performers on the US leg of Metallica’s 2017 ‘WorldWired’ tour. Listen to the complete Mix Master Mike interview via the player above or in your podcast provider of choice.

Mix Master Mike Interview Highlights

Mix Master Mike on joining the Beastie Boys:I felt like I was groomed for it. I understand their concepts, I understood their way of production, I studied the lyrics of course and everything. I felt like I groomed myself to become their DJ. I felt like I had something for them that they were missing in this department. It was a match made in heaven. The stars are aligned.”

Mix Master Mike on Beastie Boy Adam Yauch:Everything he did – he was our wild card and the captain of the ship. He pretty much was that guy that you knew he was gonna give you sixteen bars that was unique. You know, his flow, his lyrical delivery and his voice. His voice  – you’re never gonna come across a voice like that in hip hop. That goes for all of the Beastie Boys, but Yauch particularly, anything he did, I couldn’t wait.”

Correction: I stated in this episode that Mix Master Mike was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Beastie Boys in 2012. That is inaccurate. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lists Beastie Boys inductees as following: Michael “Mike D” Diamond (born November 20, 1965), Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz (born October 31, 1966), Adam “MCA” Yauch (born August 5, 1964, died May 4, 2012).


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