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E3: Mike Exarchos (Stereo Mike). Lessons of a major label HipHop artist, an academic and lecturer

Season 1, Ep. 3

S1E03 – Mike Exarchos (Stereo Mike)

A podcast about Education in Audio, Music Production, and Music Technology. 

In this episode, we chat with Hip Hop Artist and MTV Award winner Mike Exarchos. Mike was born in Greece and came to the UK to study in Leeds and London. During his studies, he continually worked as a sound producer in the British hop hop scene, including working with names such as Klashnekoff, Bury Crew, Skinnyman, Taskforce, Iceberg Slimm, Mike GLC and JMC.

His first album attracted industry attention and he was nominated at the Mad Video Music Awards in 2005 for "Best Hip-Hop Video Clip" and in 2008 for "Best Hip-Hop Video Clip" and for "Video Clip of the Year". He also featured in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest Final, and being signed by EMI, in this episode we thus will be talking about that juggling act of allowing a high-profile industry practice to interact with an academic practice. 

Additionally, we chat about how we in our universities allow industry and the educational space to become much more interlinked than ever before, how our universities become more permeable. This of course despite some challenges of being both an academic and a industry practitioner at the same time. 

Links and Sources featured in this Episode:

Correction: Tim mentions a survey by NME showing percentage of artists from private schools, the survey was actually conducted by the now defunct The Word magazine, but is quoted as follows in the Daily Mail article referenced below: “A survey from 2010 by The Word magazine found that at least 60 per cent of chart pop artists went to private schools, but 20 years before this figure was just one per cent.”

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