1977-1980 Sheila Tronn (Michael’s mother) takes Michael, 7, and his brother Adam, 5, to Roxy, then a roller disco complete with neon rainbows over a mirrored skyline (and all ages afternoons). Michael becomes a regular in homemade fringe-sleeved t-shirts, (they don’t make club clothes in children’s sizes!) Young Michael eventually has his 10th birthday there.
1982 Intrigued by the TNT-stick shaped invitation, Michael convinces his mother to take him to Limelight, a former gothic church, for The Jermaine Jackson “Dynamite” Album release event. It’s a scene! He finds the architecture and décor inspiring!
1983 Michael has his Bar Mitzvah… and the party is held on a Saturday night at the one and only Studio 54. Needless to say… it exceeds his dreamlike expectations!
1984 Michael discovers and frequents AREA - the exclusive hangout of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, Grace Jones, etc. It’s the antithesis of everything he came to expect on the heels of disco. Everyone wears black, has tons of attitude and the club spends $100,000 every six weeks changing set design quality, theme installations. It changes Michael’s perspective… and literally changes Michael’s life.
1984 Though only 14, Michael befriends Keith Haring who becomes a major inspiration in his life. Michael will go on to paint with Haring on projects including The Statue of Liberty Centennial, The Brandywine Mural in Pennsylvania and work with youth charity The CityKids Coalition in NY.
1985 Designer Steven Sprouse inspires Michael to take up fashion design.
1985 Michael is mentored by painted jacket designer/artist David Leigh.
1985 Palladium opens and this Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager sequel to Studio 54 becomes the art mecca in New York. Art by Haring, Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Francesco Clemente adorns the 1920’s baroque megatheater turned unparalleled nightclub.
1985 Michael creates a painted jacket to wear to Keith Haring’s “Party of Life” at Palladium.
1985 Michael is inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs hanging in the gallery of Palladium’s Michael Todd Room.
1985 Michael becomes a regular at Palladium and, as always frequents Area and Danceteria. A small clique of funky young people is in its infancy but has most definitely come alive!
1986 Michael creates a collection of painted jackets for his first fashion show – to be held at British import club, Stringfellow’s. He changes his name from Michael Tronn Cooper (Tronn being a Russian family name) to Mykul Tronn to make it more compelling for the event. It sticks. The show is produced by Julie Vayneshelbaum (who becomes Julie Jewels) and directed by Long Nguyen – who goes on to produce shows for Jean Paul Gauliter and later creates Flaunt magazine.
1987 Mykul continues his fashion phase with shows at The Saint (yes that Saint!), 10/18 (The past and future home of Roxy) and at new club Tunnel, for what will be the final “Mykul Tronn Fashion Show”.
1987 Mykul throws his first non-fashion show party! Tunnel is the place, the theme is XXX
1987 Rudolf (the creator of Danceteria and now Director of Tunnel) realizes that a scene is burgeoning and he loves it! He now pays the strangely charismatic Mykul to keep throwing parties. Wow! Getting paid to throw parties! What’s more fabulous than that?!!! The job “Promoter” is born.
1988 The scene at Tunnel explodes! Mykul Tronn along with Michael Alig are the creators and leaders of a new brand of nightlife filled with thousands of young colorful boys and girls; kind of like an artsy high school and they are the stars… Alig the thrift-store oddball, and Tronn the fashion-punk. Like Salvation Army vs. Trash and Vaudeville with a hint of Mugler! Mykul’s historic events include a fete for the ultra-hot band Vicious Pink and their record “Can’t You See” – a subversive club anthem; and a performance by Lady Hennessy Brown - who squirted milk from her breasts over Mykul’s grandmother’s head at his 18th birthday party that year!
1988 New York Magazine (the bible of the city) puts Tronn and Alig on the cover with an expose of the scene they created! The headline reads “CLUB KIDS” coining the term from then on. (Also featured is Tronn’s friend Peter Davis, now famed writer for Vanity Fair, Vogue, etc.)
1988 Geraldo (NBC-TV) picks up the story and Mykul is on the panel along with RuPaul, Alig, Julie Jewels, Michael Musto, Patrick McMullen, Toni Senecal, Larry Tee, and James St. James. Mykul’s father, Stanley, is in the audience and Gerlado surprises him by asking him how he would feel if Mykul came home with a drag queen. Stanley gets a loud round of applause from the audience when he says, “I wouldn’t care. I only want Mykul to be happy.”
1988 The World, a fabulously decrepit club in a former theater and church in the then dangerous but artsy East Village, courts Tronn to bring his special brand of mayhem there. It’s got a punk-rock scene on one floor and gospel inspired dance music scene above which later becomes known as House Music. This is the place where David LaChapelle first exhibited his photographs and where Mykul first befriended and worked with Frankie Knuckles. It is owned by Frank Roccio and legendary rocker Arthur Weinstein.
1988 Nell Campbell (Nell in Rocky Horror) & Keith McNally open Nell’s in contrast to the big club scene. It is so culturally elitist they turn away Cher for being too campy, but that prompts a double page story in The Daily News. Mykul is a welcome guest everywhere now that he’s a local celebrity and he shares a dance with the artist then still known as Prince.
1988 Mykul is hired to create a weekly Tuesday night event at MK – a fancier quirkier parody of Nell’s in a former mansion with a basement vault. He calls his event “The Church of Love and Self-Expression” and it is! (MK is opened by AREA’s creators Eric Goode and Serge Becker who will later go on to create Bowery Bar, Joe’s Pub, The Park, and The Maritime Hotel). Sean Penn attends sans Madonna on their anniversary and scandal in the media ensues. Steve Rubell was also in attendance that night.
1988 Liz Tucillo (writer of the TV show Sex & The City) asks Michael to do a performance at a benefit she is producing. He agrees but as a then non-performer he has to come up with something artsy to do. He suggests Liz read from his journal while he sits onstage smoking in a spotlight. She likes the idea. Onstage she reads, “Sometimes I feel like Andy Warhol…” as Mykul’s then white cherubim hair glows in the light as he smokes.
1988 At MK Mykul meets Alissa Belletini, MTV Exec, (who goes on to create House of Style). She produces a story on Mykul shot by then cameraman John Norris (now a famed MTV journalist.) – including filming Mykul doing his famous Unicorn hairdo. She later interviews Mykul for “Sex in The 90s” and for various style-news stories and House of Style.
1988 The World expands to open a VIP annex directed, designed and promoted by Tronn. It is called simply “IT”, and Tronn creates an army of new “superstars” to serve as the fabulons of the nocturnal cult of personality. Tronn decides the top floor must be decorated RED, RED, RED, to honor style guru Diana Vreeland; and so he calls it The Diana Vreeland Room. Mykul hires 2 colorful scenemeisters from Michigan to do the door, prompting their move to NY and crowning them The IT Twins – even though they aren’t. The opening teaser causes a fabulous panic-fueled hype… thousands of handwritten envelopes with no return address and only a regular sheet of paper reading “It is coming” in plain type in the center. It is fabulous and “IT” becomes fabulous! Mykul makes a “superstar” of Bertrand – the nude model he met at art school and now the nude model of IT. On the opening night, Tronn hires mountain climbers to rappel down the face of the building before opening the doors to the crowd waiting out front.
1989 At the height of his celebrity, Mykul leaves New York to study art and fashion at the Parson’s School of Design in Paris. He is now the Garbo of Disco, and he’s just turned 18!
To Infinity and Beyond:
from New York to Paris… and from Mars to the Sun
1989 Maurice Brahms, acclaimed owner of former disco “New York, New York” is opening his new club Red Zone and insists Mykul be part of it! One night Mykul gets a call in Paris (after 9pm, zut allors!) and they won’t take no for an answer! Mykul is flown in for a party in his honor the 2nd night the club is open. The décor comprises giant projections of Mykul posing in front of Parisian landmarks… (at the club’s request of course!)
1989 Bored in Paris a week later, Mykul decides to return home and reclaim his throne.
1989 Mykul produces his first art exhibit at the Red Zone Gallery; sculpture, painting, and photography - including the transformation of his good friend Charles getting dressed becoming Heather. Charles later becomes Heather all the way!!!
1989 Patricia Field (doyenne and stylist for Sex & The City) asks Mykul to be in The House of Field, and walk in a “ball”. (See the film “Paris is Burning”) He decides to walk in the category “Labels, Labels, Labels”; since he knows Jean Paul Gaultier will dress him in couture for the event! He gets 5 layers from the designer and is going to peel layer after layer!!! Fierce!
1989 Rudolf (Tunnel, Danceteria) is planning his latest club MARS - 4 floors in the then scary Meatpacking District. Michael Alig is the face…. But the Japanese owners aren’t happy. He’s too… (see the film “Party Monster”). They want the intrigue but not the danger and now that Mykul has returned to the U.S. Rudolf can hire Tronn to captain the launch. He does and Tronn produces Saturday nights; legendary DJ/Producers Mark Kamins, Larry Tee and Moby play the music on the multi floor hotspot, while Tronn “superstar”, nude model Bertrand, entertains the guests with his penis and existential conversation.
1990 David Leigh - one of Mykul’s original fashion and art inspirations - along with partner Lee Chappel start Locomotion Saturdays at The Roxy. It quickly becomes “the new Studio 54” with Linda, Naomi, Christy, Cindy, Marc, and Isaac, all frequenting the place. Mykul is asked to throw his birthday party there… and the 100+ of the who’s who of NY’s fashion and nightlife scene are on the inviting committee; from Michael Musto of the Village Voice to Patrick McMullen – famed celebrity photographer.
1991 Mykul is a celebrity spokesmodel for Alain Mikli, the couture eyewear maker from France. As such he models in The Love Ball, a fashion forward charity event benefiting DIFFA.
1991 Making more headway with his art, Mykul displays his abstract pointelist portraits of Madonna (of her mouth only, entitled “The Sacrifice of The Virgin”) and Warhol (“God”) at Arlene Altman Gallery Beverly Hills. A portrait is commissioned by the gallery for romantic sensation, Julio Iglesias.
1991 The Underground gets renovated and re-opens as The Palace under the ownership of Maurice Brahms with director Steve Lewis. It’s THE hotspot. Legendary photographer, Francesco Scavullo, (Cosmopolitan, Vogue, etc.) requests to take Mykul’s portrait. The final photos are displayed at Michael’s 21st birthday party there themed “Life is Art. Art is Life”. From Oscar winner Sylvia Miles to downtown vixen Pheobe Legere, to Lady Bunny and Lahoma (the toilet paper queen) are hosting. The scene is very Warholian combining the stars of uptown and downtown! Jellybean Benitez (known for discovering Madonna) and Anita Sarko – famed DJ at Palladium’s Michael Todd Room and Paper Magazine writer - are the maestros. Supermodel Naomi graces us with her attendance. McMullen captures Tronn with famed vixen Toni Senecal, (now the national WB entertainment reporter) holding an inflatable Keith Haring “atomic baby”. It comes out in Interview as the lead for Patrick’s picture page.
1991 The Rainbow Room plays the setting for a more private 21st birthday affair for 50 of Mykul's closest friends. Betty Buckley surprises him by singing “happy birthday”.
The Promoter Becomes The Director.
1992 Mykul is offered the job of making The Supper Club - a glamorous 1940’s restaurant with a big band - into a nightclub. Mykul reclaims the spelling “Michael” and directs various weekly events there, including the revival of “Soul Kitchen” and “Giant Step”. He also conceives uniting fashion designers to show their collections under one roof – as they do in Paris – during NY Fashion Week (before the Bryant Park tents existed). Michael produces shows at The Supper Club for Phat Farm, Kalinka, Zang Toi, Roland Nivelais, Label, and Ruben Toledo; as well as for the launch of Jean Paul Gaultier Jeans when Michael directs a show complete with ballerinas on point and manikins being lowered from the ceiling. He also conceives and produces theatrical shows including “Joey Arias on Broadway “ (Joey is now the star of Cirque Du Soleil’s “Zumanity”) and “Triumph of Innocence” starring Phoebe Legere, as well as concerts by jazz legend Jimmy Scott. While at Supper Club, Michael co-creates Mecca – a trendy Soho-cum-hip-hop event that was the catalyst towards later becoming the infamous weekly gangsta jam.
1994 Michael becomes the Director of two more clubs - The Grand and The Tribal Lounge – owned by Neil Cohen of Cat Club fame; and working with his then protégé Marc Rose, who later became one of the biggest promoters in the straight model scene. (It’s the beginning of “models and bottles”.)
1994 Peter Gatien, infamous owner of Limelight and USA (the club) courts the elusive Tronn to throw a birthday event in USA’s Thierry Mugler Room. Michael decides to give working with the notorious Gatien a try.
1994 Tronn takes over The Library at Limelight; the iconic, authentic, anti-VIP, VIP room there. The opening night - despite the fact that NY had a blizzard, and it was the very day The Gulf War was declared – was an incredible amalgam of the who’s who from the scene past and present, Tish & Snooky (owners of Manic Panic) and Fred-Rothbell Mista (aka Rocco Primavera), Steven Saban (the Detail’s Magazine eminent nightlife chronicler) and even Dianne Brill (the original blond bombshell of the night.)
1994 Understanding that Michael’s success in business is because of his skill rather than his popularity, Faith Popcorn hires Michael as The Gen X Expert for her famed corporate consulting firm The Brain Reserve.
1994 Michael conceives new products and positionions new and existing brands for Nabisco, PepsiCo, and Philip Morris – who based on Michael’s analysis and presentation re-introduces the Lucky Strike brand.
1995 Michael accepts a position at IMG Models marketing and positioning the agency (owned by business guru Mark McCormack) as more editorial and fashion forward. Michael art-directs and produces 300+ photo shoots and manages runway bookings for top models including Tyra Banks, Angela Lindval, Jodie Kidd, Niki Taylor and Stephanie Seymour. He redesigns the agencies marketing materials which are still in use today.
1996 Michael brings his odd mix of fashion and funk to “Undochine” and “True” fashionable old-school hip-hop and funk events, working with his old friend Bill Spector.
1996 Michael becomes more involved with the chic-hip-hop scene co-creating Monday night’s “Purrrrr” at 2i’s, then at Cheetah. He also works the uber-hot bi-curious female fashion fest “Juicy” - the hip place for superstarlets to disrobe - including Kate Moss, and voyeurs Queen Latifah and Alicia Silverstone, amid the burlesque performers; explicit but ultra artsy too.
1996 Next Phase Records hires Michael to do a remix of its song “Forever” by Frank Delour and Queen Mary. Michael creates “The Demolition Mix” giving the song an epic story of a woman whose lover is going off to war. Michael uses the sounds of helicopters, explosions, bombs falling, water crashing, and birds in his crescendo bridge. Michael makes it sound like an army of soldiers is marching across the dance floor by creating new mixing techniques. His track is innovative and exciting, and makes the playlists of Junior Vasquez at Arena and Danny Tenaglia.
1996 Michael exhibits his tropical native series of paintings at Galleria Pacifico in Mexico. “Adam & Eve in Paradise” is acquired by museum, The Museo del Cuale, for its permanent collection.
1997 Michael meets Ingrid Casares on a trip to Miami. The next day she introduces him to Chris Paciello and that week they hire Michael as the Director of Miami’s most famous club and celebrity hangout, Liquid. He directs the production of all events, implements his marketing and promotion programs, and conceives and produces innovative fashion image styled advertisements, which he places in the “front of the book“ when he buys media in fashion magazines. This is highly controversial and causes industry frenzy… especially when other clubs looking to copy these innovations are refused.
1998 Michael launches a Friday night fashion-bonanza, which he names “GUIDO” in a twist of irony. Opening night celebrates Bettie Page photographer Bunny Yaeger’s birthday. GUIDO becomes ultra VIP, and is the only event before and since to have the real movers and shakers of Miami attend weekly, from Glenn Albin and Jacquelynn Powers, Eric Newill and Brian Antoni (Ocean Drive Magazine Editors), to Tara Solomon and Nick D’Annunzio (Tara INK. owners) who began dating there, to Tara Gilani, Belkys Nerey, famed stylist Danny Santiago, and hoards of fabulous local celebrities. This was THE place to see and be seen, and to enjoy the fun - changing costumes weekly with the ever-changing themes and décor, from “PUNK” to “A Passage To India” – where Michael created and actual Indian Wedding. GUIDO was also the launch pad for a new-girl-DJ-in-town, the now superstar DJ/Producer Tracy Young. Additionally, Michael brought real fashion to Miami – not just boutique shows. With the designers themselves, Michael Tronn’s GUIDO played stage to full runway stageshows by Anna Sui, Todd Oldham, Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Rowley, and JOOP! GUIDO also played host to cultural events for The Museum of Contemporary Art and The Bass Museum.
1998 While the Director of Liquid, Michael writes his first full full length fiction book, "The Boy & The Prince", an inspirational fairy tale for adults and young adults.
1999 Miami explodes with production! Michael accepts a position heading up Development at Big Time Productions, owned by Eugene Rodriguez. He conceives numerous projects to produce for WAMI - TV, and feature films. He is the liaison between BTP and The City of Miami Government in regards to construction, permitting, city protocol and relations, as well as marketing and event planning. For the launch event of The Ice Palace, Michael produces The Futurist’s Ball - an event benefiting The Wolfsonian Museum, featuring furniture by noted design house Luminaire on runways with models in fashions presented by Neiman Marcus. Michael conceives an innovative set with translucent dressing rooms on the runway and tables hanging from the ceiling.
1999 In the wake of Barry Diller pulling the plug on WAMI, Michael partners with Alan Roth and Sean Saladino, the trio creating Global Venture Partners - a specialty trend, luxury marketing and event company. They create “The Beach Witch Project” Halloween event, for which Michael directs a short film mockumentary of Blair Witch starring all the South Beach celebs.
1999 The trio creates and co-owns Rumi, a hip eatery with a fashionable and spiritual flair.
1999 Crobar is coming! 6 months before opening the owners of Crobar contract Michael and his partners to give direction to every facet of the anticipated Mid-western club import.
1999 Cartier hires Michael and his partners to produce and market the launch of the new Cartier Sport Tank Watch. The invitation only gala is held at The Paris Theater Studios. The luxurious watches are displayed in museum cases amidst the beluga and champagne white glove service.
1999 Michael produces the Tanqueray Tens launch event at Ice Palace Studios. It is a fashion and music extravaganza. For the only time before or since, Michael’s company brings together the social leaders of Miami to host the event including Michael Capponi, Carmel Ofir & Mykel Stevens, and Mark Leventhal.
1999 Michael’s company produces the unprecedented opening night event of Crobar. Michael once again creates lavish spectacular entertainment installations and marketing innovations. His work generates unprecedented hype, anticipation, and buzz. Michael conceives and creates the invitations - rolled parchment placed inside over 2000 hollowed out fresh goose eggs in nests in unmarked boxes for the opening event (People have still saved those eggs to this day). And on that night Michael actualizes his long standing dream of creating an actual car wreck with models being photographed atop them in the street out front. The models wear Dolce & Gabanna; the photographer famed Dah-Len, an old NY friend. The 2 car pileup outside the club entrance with glittering young models, in flashy designer duds, with movie set lights, an RV (from Big Time of course) and fire from flairs on the street quite literally stops traffic, and creates burnt in memories of what fabulous REALLY is!!! The images are used as a fashion editorial in Detour Magazine.
2000 Michael is asked by Crobar to bring his intellect and innovation to create the gay night. Michael coins the name “ANTHEM” and creates innovative marketing in response to the commonplace and homogenized portrayal of other gay club events. ANTHEM is an instant smash success! Michael conceives the themes, designs the ads and invites, and books the DJs and entertainment. ANTHEM pulses weekly at Crobar through 2004.
2000-2003 Michael is asked to be on the Nightlife Board of The City of Miami and The Beaches. He and only a few other nightlife businessmen work with the mayor and commissioners on nightlife related issues as well as the marketing of Miami as a whole. Michael suggests replacing the Midwestern targeted ads in Good Housekeeping with more fashion forward ads in W, Vogue and trend setting publications. He makes a strong case for this and the entire advertising campaign is redone and the media buying is redirected.
2001-2002 Michael expresses his artistic side by repeatedly participating in group exhibits at Lombardi Properties’ “Roving Fridays” in the Wynwood Art District.
2002 Steve Polisar (famed attorney and head of the Miami Beach Nightlife Commission), impressed with Michael’s work revamping the marketing plan for Miami, offers Michael a partnership with him in opening a restaurant on Ocean Drive. He accepts. Michael calls it Studio. The theme is art. Ocean Drive Magazine writes a 4-page story on Michael and the restaurant. It is crowded with cool locals from the day it opens, a big change for the beachfront locale.
2003 Michael creates “33.1 InsiTions” an installation of 12’ tall philosophical banners exhibited at The Diaspora Vibe Gallery in the Design District. 400+ scenemakers, VIPs, fashionistas, and media attend. DJs from WVUM radio play on the decks. Bacardi sponsors the cocktails. The after-party is at crobar. Michael gives out 500 T-shirts stating “HUMAN” in silver on black. They are still seen being worn around town.
2003 Because of his expertise and a successful history together, plus excited by his expanding sphere of influence in art, the Crobar owners lure Michael back to NY with an offer he can’t refuse, a six-month gig with a bevy of perks. Michael creates the “neo-punk” image, branding, and positioning of Crobar NY, once again inventing new ways to spread the word, creating an unusual guerilla street team strategy to get the jaded New York crowd intrigued. The “anti-marketing” marketing works perfectly, and the real scene-makers of the hard to penetrate, in-the-know crowd that is Michael’s family and coterie from the 80’s, is very excited! The anti-high-tech atypical campaign Michael creates is a rare achievement. The real scenemakers and fashion mavens are optimistic by the promise of a club for “us”, creating lots of insider buzz. Michael produces the $70,000 opening night event with over-the-top production and the perfect amalgam of music from NY’s legendary DJs Johnny Dynell, Stretch Armstrong, Lady Bunny, and “Godfather of House” Frankie Knuckles.
2003 Michael returns to Miami to pick up where he left off – producing the only happening gay night in town – ANTHEM.
2004 Michael creates “Exemplary Invasion” a text based philosophical art piece painted on the exterior of a gallery in the emerging Wynwood Art District of Miami, named “The Farm” .
2004 Michael moves his iconic gay event ANTHEM to MANSION; bringing in a legendary but new roster of artists including Peter Rauhofer, Junior Vasquez, Mark anthony (Black & Blue founder), and Danny Tenaglia.
2004 Michael produces and promotes White Starz at the Coconut Grove Convention Center, the White Party Week official Saturday night event benefiting Care Resource. He designs the décor and layout, rigging and tech, as well as all entertainment production. He handles the expense and budgeting. He creates and handles all marketing and promotion. He enrolls the talents of Junior Vasquez and Tony Moran to provide the soundtrack. The legendary Yoko Ono performs. It is an incredible event grossing over $150,000. Michael produces this event pro-bono.
2004 Michael produces Noche Blanca Platinum the next night at ANTHEM at Mansion also benefiting Care Resource. Michael Tronn Enterprises makes a donation of over $35,000.
2004 Michael creates “FUCK SHAME. STRIP FEAR.” - an exhibit entirely of oversized photographs of all nude explicit self-portraits for Art Basel '04. The show is about overcoming the fear and shame of nudity and sexuality in our society. Michael sells 13 pieces to collectors.
2005 ANTHEM celebrates its 5th anniversary by becoming an even bigger, more anticipated holiday spectacular.
2005 Michael produces ANTHEM for Winter Party Week - donating $30,000 to The Task Force – the rights organization benefiting from Winter Party.
2005 Nocturnal courts Michael to produce an event launching the club to the gay crowd, and he does.
2005 Another new mega-club, Metropolis courts Michael to move ANTHEM there, and with 5 distinctive rooms, plus after-hours capabilities Michael agrees.
2005 Michael creates the aptly named “Photographs” to be exhibited as part of Art Basel. The theme of the show is recognizing beauty in spontaneous often overlooked moments. Amanda LaPore, the world’s most famous transgendered fashion legend, is a subject in the show. Michael sells 18 pieces to collectors.
2006 Always one to promote self-realization, Michael produces “Follow Your Dreams”, the ANTHEM New Year’s celebration, and 6 year Anniversary.
2006 Michael is selected to be on the board of The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. He consults on all facets of festival operations and marketing and creates the ad campaign and cover of the program.
2006 LOGO TV identifies Michael as the leader of Miami Gay Culture. He is featured on their show “Round Trip Ticket” as the authority of nightlife and fashion.
2006 Michael’s ANTHEM “Make Love Not War” event is conceived as the beginning of Michael’s yearlong 20th Anniversary Celebration - as a nightlife icon and prodigal party producer. Peter Rauhofer (Grammy Winning DJ and Producer) who has emerged as the Anthem resident, plays to a packed house till dawn, when Susan Morabito pumps The Patio till 11. The venue - Pawn Shop – selected for its synchronous theme décor, is transformed into a “LOVE-IN” style installation of “hippy ideals in the new millennium” like never before! A Unicorn out front and totally nude models in fluorescent body paint posing on grass inside make this a shocking, fabulous, unforgettable start for the anniversary year.
2006 Wire Magazine puts Michael on the cover with a 4-page feature story.
2006 Hot Spots Magazine shoots Michael and his posse in the nude for the cover.
And the Beat Goes On…
Michael has been voted one of the “50 most Powerful People” by Sunpost, one of the “10 Most Important People in Miami” by Wire. Anthem has been singled out as the “Best Gay Event” by New Times.
Throughout the years Michael and his events and art happenings have been continuously covered in articles and social columns in the following media:
The Village Voice, NY Post, NY Daily News, Paper Magazine, Interview Magazine, New York Magazine, The Geraldo Show, MTV, LOGO TV, Italian Vogue, Detour, Checkmate (Japan), Ocean Drive Magazine (multiple features and numerous social column pieces and pictures), Wire, New Times, Sunpost, Miami Herald, Channels, Fashion Spectrum, Lincoln Road Magazine, Project X, HX, Next, Hotspots, 411, Biscayne Boulevard Times, Circuit Noize, Nightlife Magazine, clubplanet.com, justcircuit.com, greatpartypics.com, moodypics.com, circuitdog.com, partylist.com, justpartysobe.com, Markslist.com, etc…
Michael has been featured in the following non-fiction and semi-fictitious books:
The Golden Age of Disco – Anthony Haden Guest
Clubland – Frank Owen
Party Monster – James St. James
So80s – Patrick McMullen
Diary of a South Beach Party Girl – Gwen Cooper
FOR THE MUSIC: (Michael has worked with the following DJ/Producers and performers.)
Peter Rauhofer, Tracy Young, Junior Vasquez, Manny Lehman, Abel, Tony Moran, Victor Calderone, Danny Tenaglia, Moby, Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Satoshi Tomiie, Louie Vega, Ralphi Rosario, Kenny Carpenter, Tony Humphries, Brett Henrichsen, Susan Morabito, Alyson Calagna, Roland Belmares, Hex Hector, Chris Cox and Barry Harris (aka Thunderpuss), Eddie X, Ed Bailey, Angelo Kortez, Joe Guthreaux, Matt Consola, Matthew Harvat (aka Circuit Mom), Demarko, That Kid Chris, Billy Carroll, Connie Casserole, Monty Q, DJ RA, Johnny Dynell, Anita Sarko, Jellybean Benitez, Merrit, James Anderson, Alex Lauterstein, Cedric Gervais, Ivano Bellini, Cue, Stefan Luke, Amalia Leandro, Mark Anthony, Jojo Odyssey, David Waxman, Lazaro Leon, Jody McDonald, Robert Rodriguez, Lord G., David Flower, Alex Angel, Bill Hallquist, Deejay Smeejay, Shannon, Ani Phearce, DJ Pride, Sage Molotov, DJ Miik, Mike Haze, Craig Demo, Escape, Razor & Guido JRNY, Nelson Diaz, JoJo Infinity, DJ Melissa, Power, Daisy D., Larry Tee, Bruno, Johnny McGovern, Formika, Miss Guy, Lady Bunny, Jon Jon Bubblegum, MrWilsonDJ, Girlina, Honey Dijon, Billy Beyond, Derek Foxx, T-Pro, Eddie Baez, Jonathan Peters, Mark Kamins, Chip Duckett, Bugie, Lily of The Valley, Michael T. (Motherfucker NYC), Juan Mejia, David Padilla, Mark Leventhal, Radamus, Sugar, Peach, Brooke Grabow, DHM, Andrews Lorenza (Spiderpussy), Frank Delour, She DJ Hana, JP Rigaud, Claudio Holze, Stretch Armstrong, Kip Lavinger, Jules, Belinda, DJ Leo, Pierre ZonZon, Marc Christopher, Marc Vane, Oren Nizri, DJ Roxx, Snezana, Bill Kelly, Angelo Russo, Derek Scott Graves, Mira Rashidzada, Brian Long, Jerome Farley, Sue (JVM), David (Strata), George Dellinger, Aimee Newman, Derek (Masterbeat), Ken Harwood, Mark Katz, Mike Mazer, Kristine W., Niki Harris, Jason Walker, Kevin Aviance, Ceevox, Alan T., Depa Soul, Ari Gold, Melanie S., Michael Stanley, Elaine Lancaster, Jojo Infiniti, Kitty Meow, Chanel Dupree, Betty Dupree, Monica D’Angelo, Jenna Sequoix, Enestra, Leslie Quick, The Kunty Boys, Cirque X
FOR CAPTURING THE MEMORIES:
(Michael has been written about by the following journalists and authors and captured on film by the following photographers.)
Patrick McMullen, Richard Johnson, William Norwhich, Liz Smith, Francesco Scavullo, Dah-Len, Leslie Abravanal, Tara Solomon, Glenn Albin, Suzy Buckley, Tom Austin, Eric Newill, Jacquelynne Powers, Karl Simone, John Simone, Carl Zablotney, Jason Bell, William Iannarelli, Kevin Hopper, Andy Zeffer, Daisy D., Adora, Tony Miros, Peter Davis, Mark Berkley, Tina Paul, JR Davis, Jose Antonio, Tom Grizzle, Seth Browarnick, Mark Haines, Michael Murphy, Steven Saban, Brain Keith, Stephan Lupino, Tomas Loewi, Robert Lakow