Mick, one of America’s most in-demand DJ talents, has traveled the world working with some of the biggest names in fashion including Audemars Piguet, Brian Atwood, Jimmy Choo, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren and IWC Watches. We chat with him about the rise of DJs as pop icons, what he wears to work and what we should be listening to come New York Fashion Week.
theFashionSpot: Can you describe your style? Does what you wear when you're DJing differ from what you wear when you're not working?
Mick: My style is classic meets streetwear. I love to combine random high/low things together like a Lanvin shirt with some Nike Flyknits. Or vice versa — Prada shoes with a hoodie. When I'm home and chilling in Brooklyn, it tends to be slightly more casual, but not much.
tFS: What's your day-to-day schedule like? Do you work mostly at night? When do you wake up in the morning/go to bed?
M: I manage myself and run my entire crazy, oddball life, so my day is kinda hectic all the time. It's usually like:
- 8 a.m.: Crossfit
- 10 a.m.-Noon: return emails
- Noon: lunch with my wife
- 1 p.m.-4 p.m. meetings and more emails
- 5 p.m. and on: getting ready for that night's event or gig
I go to bed at different times depending on if I am working that night.
tFS: What do you make of DJs being seen as pop culture figures in their own right?
M: It's amazing and awesome. Even for the DJs who suck ass. It still makes DJing as a culture more visible.
tFS: Can you tell us about some of the brands you've worked with and how those opportunities have come about?
M: A few include Adidas and EA Sports. In both cases, they were fans of my music and mixes and wanted to come up with some cool concepts together, so we did. Both brands have been great partners.
tFS: Any brand you'd love to work with?
tFS: Any particularly memorable event you can single out?
M: DJing Jay Z's 2 Kings dinner with LeBron and Beyonce!
tFS: What's your take on the model turned DJ trend?
M: If it helps float the boat overall, we can all benefit and make more money. I don't feel as handsome anymore though!
tFS: On that note what do you think it takes to earn credibility as a DJ these days?
M: I don't think it matters to most brands and consumers anymore honestly, but there are a few people who came into the game for the wrong reasons and then corrected themselves midway through. Now, they are great assets to the culture, which is dope.
tFS: Why do you think there is such a strong link between the music and fashion industries?
M: They are different branches on the same tree. Designers create clothes and program fashion shows with music as a key element. Fashion on singers and musicians has been important for like… 100 years. You really can't have one without the other.
tFS: Could you give us a playlist to keep editors and buyers energized while on-the-go during NYFW?