Michael 'Mikey J' Asante
East London born Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante is a producer, composer, singer, dancer and DJ, whose 20-year career history is firmly etched in the UK urban music industry.
As co-founder and co-artistic director of hip-hop dance theatre company Boy Blue, Asante is credited with the direction and composition of REDD, Outliers, Blak Whyte Gray, The Five & the Prophecy of Prana, Touch, Legacy, Pied Piper: A Hip-Hop Dance Revolution and the film R.E.B.E.L.
As a music producer, Asante has created music for films Street Dance 3D and All Stars and enjoyed session work and production for artists including Delilah, Raleigh Ritchie, Estelle and George The Poet (whose sold out Search Party tour he also delivered musical direction for). Asante worked in engineering and production on Kano’s critically acclaimed album Made In The Manor (winner of the MOBO Best Album Award) with whom Asante has collaborated extensively on the albums Home Sweet Home, London Town and 140 Grime Street. Recent work includes composition for Tree at Manchester International Festival and a collaboration with Brian Eno on Netflix’s Top Boy.
Outside of the studio, Asante mentors and delivers master classes in directing, choreography and music and is Professor of Electronic Music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was awarded an honorary fellowship (HonFGS) in 2018.