It’s been four years since Vegas native M!KEATTACK appeared on the cover of Las Vegas Weekly, not long after landing a coveted Tao Group residency. Mike had cut his teeth in the Downtown indie scene, playing hipster spots like Artisan and Beauty Bar, before working his way to the Strip.
The man born Michael Mohammednur landed a residency with Ghostbar at the Palms, followed by one with Encore Beach Club, and then, in 2013, the Tao Group gig, which found him playing Marquee’s hip-hop-focused Boom Box room. In the years since, he has played Marquee Dayclub and Nightclub weekly, sometimes multiple times a week.
“The beginning parties [Downtown] were all indie rock, and we were playing vinyl,” Mike recalls. “Marquee taught me how to play hip-hop.” In those days, he’d finish up a hip-hop gig at the Cosmo, then rush Downtown to play an afterhours party, pivoting to techno and house music, sometimes until 9 in the morning. “It was stressful,” he says. “It was crazy.”
With hip-hop and house dominating most Vegas clubs, M!KEATTACK is a natural at getting the party moving, and he’ll do just that again October 4 at Marquee Dayclub. After that, he’ll spin at the poolside club two more times in October before the venue closes for the season.
“The crowd changes every week, [so] you never know what you’re going to get,” he says of playing on the Strip. That’s a big reason he loves Marquee, he says. Plus, he’s won the hearts of some big- name DJs there like Mustard.
“I’m the only DJ that supports him [at Marquee], because we built this relationship, which is huge,” Mike says. “I know it’s not my time to shine. It’s his show, and he noticed that.”
It’s a fine line to straddle, keeping the crowd vibing without stepping on the headliner. But it’s a skill upon which the experienced M!KEATTACK prides himself. “That’s where all the time that I have underneath my belt [comes in],” he says. “I know how to dig for music.”
These days, when Mike isn’t spinning at Marquee, Lavo’s Party Brunch or Downtown (he still plays Commonwealth on occasion), he’s a father who enjoys cooking and spending time with his family. And while he hopes to connect with a different side of Vegas sometime in the future—he says he’s interested in opening a business here someday—M!KEATTACK won’t be curtailing his club schedule anytime soon. “I love DJing so much,” he says. “Whether I’m headlining or supporting, I’m giving it my all. My main thing is to give people an experience, and that’s what I try to give every time I play a show.”
M!KEATTACK October 4, 11 a.m., $20-$30. Marquee Dayclub, 702-333-9000