Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
A pop culture icon, and I mean that in a taking-a-piss-out-of-myself kind of way. I’m full of the most useless and–at the the same time–useful information. The art, books, movies, and fashion I gravitate towards the most are that of pop culture-related. I actually have pop culture icon tattooed on my forearm as well.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I’m currently the wearer of many hats. DJ, party promoter/host and graphic artist. Currently I’m working on bringing a new life to the party scene in New York. Trying to create something different and something interactive. I’ve teamed up with the talented Santiago Felipe to bring these ideas to life. And so far, it’s been pretty successful. In the works now, I have a fashion party with Richie Rich and his business partner Jean-Luc coming in February, continuing the Pop! party series with Santiago Felipe (the next one being Britney Spears Engagement Party), and a whole bunch of other goodies in the works.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I was born in Staten Island, New York at the age of five. I managed to escape the accent. Although every time I’ve said that to someone, they always say they like the accent. Then I watch Mob Wives and thank Victoria Beckham (God) that I do not have said accent.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
As sad as this may seem, I don’t have any heroes. I feel like placing people on pedestals just leads to disappointment. I have people I look up to but for various reasons for each. No one encompasses an entire hero to me. But if I had to name two special ladies I look up to, they would be my mother and my grandmother. Their strength, humor, and life inspire me every day.
5: What book is your bible?
I don’t have anything that I read to gain help from, but one book that I’ve been obsessed with for the past couple of years is called How I Paid For College by Marc Acito. The wittiness and the realness of the book is something I don’t find very often as a reader. I also really enjoy autobiographies and seeing how people get from point A to point B.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
Good friends, good fun, and good food…are three things I hate. But all kidding aside, I love my family, my friends, thai food, movies with Whoopi Goldberg (but she has to be playing a musically inclined nun), The Spice Girls, adventures, making people laugh, partying, movie nights, and creating things (from art to music to parties to costumes). As of late, I love watching people dance to the music I play when I DJ. It gives me this natural high unlike any other. I hate liars and people I can’t trust. I’ve come across both a lot in 2011, so I’m weeding them out of my life hardcore from now on. People in the city always ask why its so hard to trust people, and I think “Why is it so hard to keep a promise?”
7: What is your raison d’être?
I think it’s to make people happy through art. Whether its music, humor, paintings, or parties. I’m pretty good at making people have a good time, and pretty good at making people smile. So I think my reason for being is to make people feel better about anything and everything and to forget their problems and just be happy.
8: What is your favorite color?
Turquoise or any shade of blue in that family. It just pops wherever it’s placed. My old bedroom was painted turquoise, then the guy who moved in after me painted over it with white (bring a book).
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Catwoman has always been my favorite superhero/villain. When I was little I’d watch the Adam West series and be enthralled into the character, but then when the Michelle Pfeiffer version appeared…instant orgasm (well as much as a nine-year-old can have). To this day I’m still in love with that version; in fact, I would like to get it tattooed on my body.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
It depends on what i’m in the mood for. If I want a a cheers like vibe, I’ll go to Sugarland in Brooklyn. Every body there has become a friend and invaluable to me. There is never a dull moment and some of my fondest outings have taken place there. If I want utter, utter insanity I really enjoy Greenhouse, but during the week on straight nights. I used to promote there and in one night they gave me four bottles of vodka, two bottles of Hennessy, glow sticks, and sunglasses. Afterwards I feel like they should have given out ecstasy to the crowd as well, considering all the props.
11: What turns you on?
Right now, what turns me on is one word. Noah. And that’s all I’m going to say.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
It would be ‘Whose your favorite musician of the past year?’ Because I feel like music is very telling of the human character. For me, it would be Ellie Goulding. Aside from her album she has a catalog of unreleased material that is moving, heartfelt, and genius. Her voice is so unique as well, I could listen to her all day. I had the opportunity to meet her a few times, and she is so down to earth and friendly. I remember I made her laugh so hard, she couldn’t stop while taking pictures with these two little girls who were fans of hers.
Mikey Pop has been an avid fan of nightlife and parties ever since he could remember. It was not until recently that he made it his full time career. Now mostly focusing on being a DJ as opposed to a party promoter, he’s taken off and he’s taken off fast. He’s played some amazing venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn, such as Webster Hall, District 36, Hotel Chantelle, PH-D at The Dream Hotel & Sugarland to name a few. He wants to continue with providing unique parties, with an interactive feel. He wants the crowd to not feel like patrons of the venue they are at, but feel like they are part of what makes the party ultimately fun and exciting.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by PAUL BRUINOOGE for Patrick McMullan.com
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Mikey Pop, THE HOUSE OF MAJOR by Richie Rich & Jean-Luc Launch Party, PH-D, Dream Hotel Downtown, NYC, November 11, 2011, Photography by PAUL BRUINOOGE for Patrick McMullan.com