Featured Base DJ – Lo Key

Written by on March 11, 2013

This week’s Featured DJ is also one of our most loved, most respected DJs. Lo Key aka Mike Haru is one of the names that crops up the most when other Base DJs are discussing who influences them, who’s show they enjoy the most, who they look up to. If you’re not already one of his faithful listeners then your Thursday mornings are seriously missing some goodness. You should probably do something about that and tune in to Low Maintenance this Thursday from 10am – 12pm. And if you’re needing that live Lo Key experience in your life then this Sunday get along to Rakinos where he is opening for Oddisee and Olivier Daysoul! International and everything.

When and how did you get into DJing?

I started djing in 1987 the time of a record store that I used to work at on Queen St called 256 Records (now EB Games Queen St)


When did you start DJing at Base?

I cant remember, you could ask Jazz or Dylan? A few years I think and still lovin’ it!


The last record you bought that would surprise listeners the most?

The Simpsons Theme song re flipped by producer Dexter (Hot Sheeiit)


What song got you out of bed this morning?

Sadly no song, I was running later for work after a heavy weekend of djing hehehehe


Favourite DJ?

I have two – Manuel Bundy and Cian (of Conch records)


First record/CD/tape cassette you ever bought?

Some read-a-long story book with a teddy bear on it I think….


Your Guilty pleasure?

The ABCs Of Death and Ice Road Truckers


What’s your proudest achievement?

Hmmmmm… Still being able to play the music and collect records I love and to play at venues that appreciate my style


What track do you open with to revive a dying dance floor?

The Jackson 5 -ABC (Re-Flex Edit) Cheese Cake Mix”


Favourite holiday spot?

Camping Grounds with the Family up at Orewa


What do you do for fun when you’re not DJing?

Buy Records! And more Records!


Your signature dish to impress friends with?

Wickman Way Bakery ! hehehe


What would you save in a house fire?

Family or…Records then Family nah hehehe


Dream venue or party to DJ at?

The Do-Over at some beautiful tropical island I’ve never been to…


Something most people don’t know about you?

Your Parents used to listen to me on Mai FM


Erykah or Lauryn?

Erykah! …And Lauryn of course.


Favourite bar?

The Mangere Bridge Tavern for the house bingo on Tuesday nights! (Fire)


Top 3 concerts of all times?

Michael Jackson

Justin Timberlake



Favourite festival in NZ?

WOMAD fo’ sure!


To keep up with where Lo Key is playing tunes at next, follow Maori HiFi on twitter


Dopamine Presents : Oddisee and Olivier Daysoul

Sunday, March 17th, from 4pm

Support from: The Means Live, Lo Key, Greg Harper, MC’s J.Double and Dames Brown


Photo Source : Grant Apiata

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