mike q's i-Deal ballroom party

The New Jersey DJ and producer is pretty much the authority on underground ballroom and vogue-house culture.

by Courtney DeWitt
12 March 2015, 11:38pm

Mike Q is the Jersey born and bred producer/DJ responsible for bringing the largely underground vogue and ballroom sound and culture up and into the club culture of now. Chronicled in the iconic 1990 documentary Paris is Burning and introduced to the world at-large via Madonna's video for "Vogue" in the same year, the ballroom and vogue sound is in a house league of it's own. When Mike Q is not touring the globe spreading the vogue and ballroom gospel he can be found back home in New Jersey holding down his own label, Qween Beat as well as regularly releasing tracks, mixes and edits with his Fade to Mind and Mad Decent Records familia.

While on tour across clubs in Australia, Mike Q shared the ingredients of an i-Deal ballroom party. 


Ball guests? My Mom, All The NYC/NJ Russian, Asian, Parisian Ballroom Girls, Missy Elliott, My whole Qween Beat, Melissa McCarthy, My friends Marcus, Ash B, Mike, Pache, Jane, Venus X, Ian Isaiah, Miss Prissey, Kelela, Rizzla and the whole Fade to Mind crew L - Vis 1990 & Bok Bok, Sara Jordeno, Rashaad Newsome, Sinjin Hawke & Zora, Prince Will, Big Freedia, Beyoncé because the girls would gag, Amiyah Scott, Rusty Lazer, FKA Twigs, Sharaya J and Mad press.

Ball dancers and performers? Everybody from NYC, THE MOTHER Sinia Ebony, Koppi Mizrahi, Leiomy Prodigy, Dashuan Lanvin, Pony Zion, Cassandra Ebony, Rocky Ebony, Katrina & Malaysia Ebony, Boots Mizrahi, Shea Mizrahi, Omari Mizrahi, Erica Kane Lanvin, Kia Labeija, The Russians, Paris. like everybody and it's so many to name all houses.

Hottest ball tracks and DJS? DJs Carlton, Byrell The Great, Vjuan Allure, Angel X, Delish, Spider Revlon playing all the great tracks we make!

Location? My Ball is gonna be huge so why not do it in my own state, Prudential Center In Newark, New Jersey.

Everyone will be dressed by? Rick Owens, Hood By Air, Luar Zepol, Muschi Kreuzberg, Gypsysport and just everything you can think of that's cool and hot and top of the line.

Decor and vibe? I think it would have to be a dope industrial theme. Very metal, rock and rock.

Hostest with the most? Gregg & Dashuan Lanvin, Buddah The Commentator, Symba McQueen, Jack & Selvin Mizrahi, Cassandra & Precious Ebony, Mariah Revlon.

Ball guest who is the ultimate shade thrower? I really am not sure whose shade I live for the most right now, there are so many and I can't just name one.

Overall theme? It's gunna' be 'The $1000 ball', 10 categories all $1000. No shade or politics at my ball just fun for everybody. 


Press play on Mike's loved up mini mix before catching him live in Perth and Melbourne this weekend.


Text Courtney DeWitt

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