Mikey Thunder likes to party. But more than that, Mikey Thunder just so happens to be the party. Thunder spins a genre-blending, bass-driven partyrock, fusing funk, soul, hip-hop, EDM, jazz, reggae and anything else the party may call for on the fly. With 19 years in the game, he’s mastered the art of improvisation with an uncanny ability to work with and rework the vibe of the party with precision. If you’re a true connoisseur of the Colorado music scene, you’ve seen Mikey share the stage with any number of your favorite artists- no matter the genre.
It all began for Mikey at the age of 15 when he discovered DJing in Burlington, Vermont and immersed himself in the diverse musical culture of his hometown. In the fall of 1999, he relocated to the mountains of Jackson Hole where he was soon kidnapped by Michael Franti and Spearhead for the Stay Human Tour. After opening for Spearhead in Jackson Hole, Thunder was handpicked by Michael Franti to open the rest of the tour, where he mixed beats into their sets, during set break, and scratched with their beatboxer, Radioactive.
After the Spearhead tour Mikey relocated to Boulder and continued to pursue his musical career. At that time Thunder also was an Atari playing stuntman/ DJ in the band Sonar. The band shared the stage with the Wailers at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the String Cheese Incident, and played Hightimes Magazine’s SXSW party, and the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. In the fall of 2009 Mikey joined the Pretty Lights crew, opened for over 30 shows on their tours and performed cuts on the Making Up a Changing Mind EP, released in 2010.
Since that time, he has made his presence known in every single facet of the Colorado music industry. He has shared the stage with an extremely diverse range of musicians, including (but certainly not limited to): Jurassic 5, Bassnectar, The Disco Biscuits, Blackalicious, The Glitch Mob, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Pretty Lights, Prefuse 73, People Under the Stairs, Lettuce, Bonobo, Savoy, Z Trip, DJ Qbert, Dead Prez, Michal Menert, Nightmares on Wax, Lyrics Born, DJ Krush, and Big Boi of Outkast. Additionally, he has been prominently featured on such festivals as Shambhala, Sonic Bloom, Snowball, Global Dance Festival and many others.
Mikey Thunder’s true talent lies in his versatility. Every Thunder performance presents something familiar in an entirely unfamiliar way, as well as something unfamiliar presented in a way that is immediately recognizable as Thunder genius.