Mike Clark Podcast
Mike Clark (Agent X)
Detroit native and resident, Mike Clark, best known as Agent X, is one of those quiet ones to watch out for… behind the decks. With over 35 years of experience in the music industry, his laid back demeanor is a cover for the deeply passionate love of music that ranges from Jazz to Disco, House Music to Funk. As one of the pioneers in the DJ generation that invented scratching, trim and edits his contributions to the music scene reach far and wide.
His calling to DJ started at the tender age of thirteen, Mike was introduced to the DJ lifestyle by his older brother and took to the decks seriously by the time he was fourteen. Destiny brought him all the way about after a sports injury changed the direction of his professional career.
Embracing the new path life took him on; Agent X played the true underground scene, DJing at all forms of parties and events, learning everything he could about the equipment that would lead him to work with the Who’s Who of the House Music Industry. Never one to shy away from technical challenges that all DJs face, he invites them: “… because the challenging part is to play and make it all look fun and easy no matter what the issue” is how he approaches the adventure of playing to a live crowd.
His passion for gadgets and creating sounds that bring and keep music lovers on the dance floor keep him in touch with the dancers. “There is nothing on earth better than playing a personal favorite on a super system and everyone is enjoying it as much as you.
That’s excitement! The response of the people when it’s better than you expect”, Mike admits as he stops to think of artists who move him. Inspired by such producers as Josh Milan, Louie Vega, Richard Earnshaw, Joey Negro, Amp Fiddler, Roy Ayers, Stevie Wonder, Afronaut, Mark De Clive, Kaidi Tathem and Earth, Wind and Fire, he joins in the journey of getting lost in the music and “hears … those chords change and invert… it gives me goose bumps.”
During his extensive career, Mike has taken on DJing, production, remixing, live performances and engineering live
DJ sets for such colleagues as Derrick May, Carl Craig, Juan Atkins, Eddie Folks, Norm Talley, Delano Smith, Electrifying Mojo, Theo Parrish, Charles Spencer, Dj Romain, Colonel Abrams, Leroy
Burgess, Carolyn Harding, Kem, Randy Muller, Louie Vega, Steve Hurley, Jesse Saunders, AMP Fiddler, Kevin Saunderson, UR Inner City, Maurice Joshua, Oscar P, Glenn Underground, Boo Williams, Phil Asher Afronaut and Kid Rock as the world of music revealed itself to be his true calling.
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Mike Agent X Clark - legendary DJ/Producer; musician - globally known as the "Ambassador Of House Music.” He is the founder of international record label, Strictly Beatdown Recordings & clothing line, Strictly Beatdown Detroit. He entertains large audiences throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. Mike Agent X Clark, an original part of the turntablist movement in the 1980’s, is an educator, speaking on the origins of a music genre he helped shape. Mike has received numerous awards for his work in the field. He won, Detroit Music Awards for Producer of the Year and DJ Of The Year.
Mike is also a part of the "Detroit Innovators," which bridges the gap between the artist and the business of the industry. This includes Mike guiding and empowering other individuals in and around the industry. Mike Agent X Clark is a Lions Club affiliate. Mike spoke multiple times for Redbull Academy – was on the original board that created the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF). Mike is part owner of the Corktown Music Festival, former co-owner of Detroit Magazine. Martial Arts is a great influence in Mike Agent X Clark’s life. Mike’s contribution and commitment to Detroit and the Detroit music industry is unparalleled. Mike Agent X Clark is well respected, worldwide.