Whether its house, techno, trance, EDM, or drum & bass, the UK’s love for electronic music runs deep. The DJs and other electronic music artists from Britain have been making a global identity for a very long time. Calvin Harris, the first-ever electronic music producer, and DJ to win the Ivor Novello Songwriter of the Year Award and the first British solo artist to reach more than a billion streams on Spotify.

Similarly, Carl Cox, Duke Dumont, Fatboy Slim, Judge Jules, Pete Tong, and Skream are all worldwide known DJs who have emerged from the land of the United Kingdom. All in all, the electronic music scene in the UK is intense and is influencing the whole world. There is another British name that is making worldwide recognition in the electronic music industry – Mike McGuinness, professionally known as Lempo.

The club scene magician, Mike McGuinness is a Manchester-based music producer, radio presenter, and an entrepreneur. He is a popular DJ in the North-West of England and has held residencies at several of the regions’ most prominent nightclubs. He has made some significant contributions to the music scene due to which he has established a globally known identity.

The journey from a Manchester-DJ to a World Wide success

Michael Edward McGuinness was a resident of Knutsford, UK, where he lived for 16 years. He was passionate about music in his youth and stepped into the club scene when he was just 17 years old. He attended the University of Salford in 2003 and graduated with Bachelor’s of Arts {hons} in Graphic Design.

Mike started his career by DJ-ing in venues around Cheshire and Manchester. He worked at Knutsford venues, Amber Lounge for five years and at Room, which later became Moda, for four years. In 2006, Mike became part of the club brand named, “Bitch,” as resident DJ for two of Manchester’s most famous nightclubs, Venus and Sankeys. Mike used to perform before the headline artists as the warm-up act, gaining him the nickname ‘The Party Starter.’ He took on the guise, “Lempo,” when he began performing actively around the country. In the year 2010, Lempo was voted Manchester’s number one DJ on The DJ List. His career as a DJ took off when he performed at Parklife Festival, an annual event held by The Warehouse Project, where he performed for four consecutive years from 2012 to 2015.

Mike also featured on the bill at Mint Festival in Leeds between 2012 and 2014 alongside fellow ‘Bitch’ residents Pete Mobey and Martyn Russo under the guise of ‘B3’. He has also made regular appearances for other international club brands, including the Ministry of Sound, Pacha, and Cream.

Lempo released a single, “Goinout,” with Canadian MC Flipside, which was shortlisted for Best Dance Track at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. His music was gaining worldwide popularity, and his songs were being placed on some of the most prominent broadcasting networks, including Channel 4 (UK), The X-Factor (Australia), and Disney XD (USA). Lempo has also had official remix commissions for artists such as Snoop Dogg, General Levy, and Dawn Penn.

Mike’s career involves some major collaborative projects as well. Some of the highlighted projects include the single “Jack In Boots” for Susu Music with Nancy Sinatra in 2012. The single reached 13th in the Music Week Club Chart. Other collaborative projects include “Playboy Bunny” with Ashley Taylor Dawson (Hollyoaks) on vocals and co-producer, Artful Dodger in 2013. In 2019 Lempo released the single “Dance Master” with Ruff Diamond. The track spent eight weeks on the Beatport top 100. He has also collaborated with American singer and songwriter, Roland Clark, for “House Doctor” on Todd Terry’s InHouse Records in 2017. Moreover, the pair is set to release another single, “Dance Without a Reason” on BMG subsidiary, Strictly Rhythm in June 2020.

Lempo as a Radio Presenter

Mike also stepped into radio presenting with “The Lempo & Carr Show” for two years from 2010 to 2012. It was a weekly show that was aired on Cheshire FM. He also hosted “The Bitch Show,” that was aired on Unity Radio for two years from 2012 to 2014. In November 2014, Mike launched the “Twisted Melon” show, which is currently being broadcast on Café Mambo Radio and Data Transmission radio.

Role in UK’s Cardiovascular Research

In the year 2018, Mike McGuinness fell victim to a severe heart condition, which could have proved fatal. He underwent critical heart surgery. After recovering from the condition, he released a single, “No More,” using a sample of his own heartbeat. The song was a tribute to the British Heart Foundation, and it received an overwhelming response. The song has gained more than 100,000 streams since its release. In addition to this, the single acquired a rank on the top 40 charts on iTunes. The money that he has earned from the release has been donated to fund cardiovascular research in the UK. The track was heavily supported by Manchester City Football Club, as a lifelong fan and season ticket holder since 1995, this meant a great deal to Mike.

Lempo is now a prominent figure in the UK’s music industry. He has been making his mark on electronic music since 2006. His productions, remixes, and DJ sets create hype and excitement on the dance floor. Mike’s contributions in the music sector, as well as to cardiovascular research, are worth the praise.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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