Mike Bocek (pronounced "Bo-Czech"), aka Exxxplosivo (pronounced Exxx-Ploe-See-Voe), has been DJ’ing professionally since 2004. Exxxplosivo has always prided himself on his vast musical collection, which allows him to comfortably spin diverse and eclectic music to fit any mood or party. Exxxplosivo accepts bookings for weddings, club dates, and private parties primarily in the greater Los Angeles area. Recently, Exxxplosivo DJs have expanded their services to the San Francisco Bay Area, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and beyond.
Q: What is your philosophy for finding the right balance of songs to play at weddings?
A: I encourage a healthy conversation about music between the clients and myself in the weeks leading up to their wedding. At the event, I play as many of their song requests/suggestions as I can, provided they fit into the vibe of the evening – all the while peppering in my musical tastes to create a night of musical bliss.
Q: What are some artists that never leave your dance floor rotation?
A: This isn’t so cut and dry…it just depends on the type of gig. But generally MJ, JT, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, Prince, Sugarhill Gang, Moloko, Roisin Murphy, Beck, Gorillaz, Jamiroquai, Outkast, Kennedy, Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, LMFAO, Breakbot, James Curd, Crazy P, Holy Ghost!, Beyonce, Outkast, Pitbull, Sammy Bananas, Curtis Mayfield, Snoop Dogg, Robyn, Timbaland, Britney, Justice, Miike Snow, Firefly, etc….etc.
Q: What are your favorite concerts attended of all time?
A: (in no particular order) - Radiohead – Hollywood Bowl (2008); Holy Ghost! – Echoplex (2011); The Doors – Whisky a Go-Go (2011); Ghostland Observatory – Club Nokia (2011); Franz Ferdinand – Vegas (2006); Pearl Jam – Santa Barbara Bowl (2006); Beck – Denver (1999); Kings of Leon – Santa Barbara Bowl (2009); Moloko – Prague (2003); David Byrne & Arcade Fire – Hollywood Bowl (2004); The White Stripes – Vienna (2002); Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Belgium (1999); The Who – Denver (2003); Neil Young – Red Rocks (2000); The Roots – Hollywood (2005); Chuck Berry – Orange County (2010); Miike Snow – Hollywood (2010); Die Antwoord – Hollywood (2010); Mayer Hawthorne – Hollywood (2010).
Q: You are heading to a desert island and can only take a few albums with you. Which ones do you take?
A: Um, I can’t take my iPod? Really? It’s the same size as a deck of cards. Who thought of these questions? Sheesh. OK, here goes: Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak; Pearl Jam – Binaural; Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – The Will to Live; Beck – Midnight Vultures; Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings & Food; Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle; Feist – Open Season; The Beatles – Rubber Soul; Hot Chip – Coming On Strong; Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand; The Whitest Boy Alive – Rules; Holy Ghost – Static on the Wire; Roisin Murphy – Ruby Blue.
Q: If you could go back in time to see one band live in their prime, who would it be?
A: The Doors. But a close 2nd is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Q: What are your biggest influences?
A: My DJ friends. I'm constantly amazed and in awe of the killer sounds that I hear from DJs in LA and around the world. I'm proud to be friends with DJs with such excellent musical taste. You cannot go wrong with: Sick Beats, Dance Floor Bananas, and Party Time Action.
Q: What exactly is Exxxplosivo?
A:This is Exxxplosivo: