Mick Sleeper has been a DJ and passionate fan of Jamaican music for 20 years. Since 1995, his radio shows and podcasts have been heard around the world.
Mick has been on the airwaves in one way or the other since 1993, when he co-hosted the Caribbean music program Dread Beat and Blood on CJSR. In 1995, he launched the popular Soul Shakedown Party, which ran for 12 years and turned Mick into a dedicated reggaeologist. During that time, Soul Shakedown Party was re-broadcast in England, Germany, Spain, and Australia, long before the days of podcasts. Besides his radio work, Mick was also in demand as a live DJ, spinning tunes for diverse acts such as Mikey Dread, Bad Brains, Big Sugar, and Heavy Trash. Over the years, he has interviewed many of reggae's crucial singers and players, including Lee Perry, Alton Ellis, Desmond Dekker, Willi Williams, Ansel Collins, and many more. Mick has also produced reggae specials for 2SER radio in Australia, Free FM in New Zealand, and the venerable BBC program On The Wire.
In 2007, feeling it was time to change the mood, Bass Culture stepped forward. Anchored in classic roots reggae and dub from Jamaica, the program also explores the dynamic genres of soul, funk, and Afrobeat, as well as the newest underground offerings of these styles. Bass Culture's musical compass swings in many directions and crosses many borders, but the needle always points to music with a message.
Blissfully unaware of pop music for the past decade, Mick operates in a musical vacuum where Auto Tune doesn't exist, The Sonics still rock, and King Tubby runs things.