mike callander


Mike Callander started DJing in 2001, and since then has been recognised as one of Australia’s most diverse and yet consistent selectors. He continues to open and close for countless touring artists in Australia and at various destinations across the world, but more importantly has helmed critical residencies at home in Melbourne clubbing institutions such as Honkytonks, for which he also compiled and recorded The Last Dance mix CD released globally in 2007, and more recently at Revolver, where his weekly Friday night offering continues beyond its seventh year. 

In 2008 Mike co-founded Haul Music and began releasing ambitious avant-garde techno productions including a long-player “Antarctica” and subsequent remix album, from which his tracks found their way on to mix CDs such as Dave Seaman’s Renaissance Masters, as well as into the crates of various tastemakers, and surprisingly even onto morning television. Mike continues to challenge the listener with his production style, but as time progresses the artistic gap has narrowed between the music he plays in DJ sets and that which he feels worthy of release, and currently some of his best DJ moments are attached to the dissemination of his own productions to the dancefloor. 

In 2012, alongside accomplished sound designer Davide Carbone, Mike co-founded School of Synthesis, an educational facility that offers high-end hands-on training to music producers and DJs. His work at SOS led him to become an Ableton Certified Trainer, one of only 250 people in the world endorsed by the company to demonstrate their software. Most recently Mike expanded his educational focus to include mentoring and technology classes at The University of Melbourne’s Bachelor of Music in Interactive Composition.

In 2016 and 2017 Mike’s production skills took him across Australia and the world for more than 30 shows with The Avalanches. This chart-topping Australian band is one of many to engage Mike’s live-show programming skills to take their project from the studio onto stages such as Glastonbury, Roskilde, Rock Werchter, BBK Live and Nos Alive. At the other end of the performance spectrum Mike is equally at home performing solo improvised electronic sets in sweaty nightclubs, or alongside T-Rek and Honeysmack as The Broken Acid Experiment.

Beyond 2017 Mike is more inspired for DJing and live performance than ever, but has an additional focus: Zero Percent, the production team he formed with Kim Moyes (of The Presets) and their new record label Here To Hell, with their first releases imminent and to be distributed globally by Kompakt.


Dan Fabris: dan@watartists.com