Mike Williams (DJ)
Mike Williams (born 27 November 1996; real name Mike Willemsen) is a Dutch DJ and music producer, predominantly active in future bounce and future house. In 2016 he released his first successful singles and performed at major festivals for the first time. In 2017, he celebrated his first single chart success with the song Feel Good, which he produced together with Felix Jaehn.
Until 2015: Musical beginnings
Williams began playing the piano at the age of four. He began producing music at twelve. Early in his career, Williams released remixes and bootlegs. He first gained recognition from other artists, including Oliver Heldens, in 2014 for his bootleg of Calvin Harris’ single Blame. On 31 January 2015, he released his debut single Konnichiwa through self-distribution. A few months later, he produced the song Candy together with Dutch DJ and producer Dastic. In parallel, he contributed a remix to the song I Really Like You by US singer Carly Rae Jepsens. This was played more than three million times on SoundCloud, which brought him further fame.
2016: Musical breakthrough through collaboration with Tiësto
In the fall of 2015, Williams met Dutch DJ and producer Tiësto during the Amsterdam Dance Event, who told him he was a fan of his music. As a result, his track Sweet & Sour was signed by Tiësto’s record label Musical Freedom and Williams himself was signed by its parent label Spinnin ‘ Records. Sweet & Sour was released as a single in February 2016 and managed to reach #6 on the music portal Beatport’s charts. After Tiësto brought Williams on stage in March 2016 during his performance at Ultra Music Festival, he went on to perform at Mysteryland and Electric Daisy Carnival, among others. Furthermore, he contributed an official remix to the song The Right Song (Wombass) by Tiësto, Oliver Heldens and Natalie La Rose. The release of the song Groovy George, which he recorded in collaboration with Justin Mylo, was followed in August 2016 by I Want You, a collaboration between Tiësto and Williams. In October 2016, he released his debut single on Spinnin’ Records. This was titled Take Me Down.
2017: Big festival appearances & commercial success Feel Good
In January 2017, Williams started his own weekly radio show called Mike Williams on Track. At the same time, he released the song Bambini, with which he reached the top 10 of the Beatport charts for another time. This was followed in spring 2017 by the song Another Night, whose vocals were contributed by US singer Matluck. On 13 March 2017, Williams announced on social media that his laptop had been stolen in the course of a break-in at his home. A reward of US$2000 was offered for tips that helped convict the perpetrator. On 27 April 2017, he performed at the SLAM! Koningsdag 2017 at the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar. On 8 May 2017, he released the song Don’t Hurt with US indie pop singer Brēzy, for which an official music video was also released. An official remix of the song Hunter by US duo Galantis followed shortly after.
On 3 July 2017, the song Let’s Go was released, which he produced in collaboration with Dutch DJ duo Lucas & Steve and musician Curbi. The official music video was released two days after the release and was filmed with all four musicians in Amsterdam. In early August 2017, Williams released the single Feel Good together with German DJ Felix Jaehn. On this, Williams shared that the collaboration was supposed to happen back in 2015, but kept getting postponed due to time constraints. In 2016, Jaehn finally let him have the vocals of the song, after which Williams subsequently contributed the instrumental. The result turned into a commercial success, streaming over 120 million times on Spotify. It also spent eleven weeks on the German music charts and four weeks on the Austrian music charts. A few weeks later, the copyright-free track Step Up was released, which was created in collaboration with Tom & Jame. In September 2017 followed, together with Brooks, the song Jetlag, in October the solo single Melody (Tip Of My Tounge) and in November 2017 the song You & I, his second collaboration with the producer Dastic.
2018: Success with Lullaby and Wait Another Day
In January 2018, Williams released the song Lullaby, which was a collaboration with Dutch DJ and producer R3hab and sung by Swedish duo Smith & Thell. This was able to follow up the success on Feel Good, also reaching over 120 million streams on Spotify. It also moved up to the top 10 of the Norwegian singles chart as well as the top 100 of the Swedish singles chart. Two more commercial singles were released with the songs Feels Like Yesterday in March 2018 and Give It Up in May 2018. In July 2018, he released the instrumental The Beat, which had been his intro track the months before. The song stood out for its catchy melody, which is also the theme of the official music video. Dutch DJ and producer Hardwell, who produced a remix to The Beat, also featured in the music video. The song Rocket followed in September 2018, loosely based on the melody of the song Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann. On December 7, 2018, Williams released the song Wait Another Day, which was produced in collaboration with Dutch DJ and producer Mesto. Dutch musical duo The Companions assisted as vocalists and songwriters. The official music video was released on the same day and depicts a video series themed around a love triangle.
2019: I’m Not Sorry, Wait For You and Dynamite
On January 25, 2019, Williams released the song I Got You, whose music video continues the story of Wait Another Day. The song was sung by Robin Valo, with whom he had previously worked on the song Feels Like Yesterday. In late February 2018, Williams announced that the collaboration with Dutch producer Hardwell, which premiered together at ADE 2018, would be released in March 2019. The track is based on a vocal sample that Williams and Hardwell stumbled upon while in the studio together. Titled I’m Not Sorry, the future-bounce track was released on March 8, 2019. The official music video was shot in Thailand’s Phuket province and stars Asia’s Next Top Model contestant Dorothy Petzold. The song Wait For You followed in May 2019, which was his first production in pop music. Supporting him on vocals was Swedish singer Maia Wright, who also took a role in the music video that follows I Got You. On July 26, 2019, Williams released the song Kylie, which was his third collaboration with Dastic. The song is a cover of the 2005 Romanian band Akcent’s song of the same name. In late July 2019, Williams performed on the main stage of Tomorrowland for the first time. On August 30, 2019, the song Day Or Night was released. On November 1, 2019, the track Dynamite was released, which was a collaboration with Nicky Romero and singer Amba Shepherd.
2020: Make You Mine
On December 30, 2019, the Future Hits mix released by Spinnin’ Records announced the song Make You Mine, with vocals contributed by Swedish songwriter Moa Lisa. The latter previously wrote Williams’ song Wait for You. The song was released as a single on January 17, 2020.
|Highest Placement, Total Weeks, AwardChart PlacementsChart Placements
(year, title, album, placings, weeks, awards, notes)
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First release: August 4, 2017
Sales: + 200,000; with Felix Jaehn
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Initial release: 26 January 2018
Sales: +45,000; with R3hab
- Candy (with Dastic)
- Battlefield (as WLLMS with Robby East)
- Sweet & Sour
- Groovy George (with Justin Mylo)
- I Want You (with Tiësto)
- Take Me Down
- Another Night (feat. Matluck)
- Don’t Hurt (feat. Brēzy)
- Let’s Go (with Lucas & Steve & Curbi)
- Step Up (with Tom & Jame)
- Jet lag (with Brooks)
- Melody (Tip of My Tongue)
- You & I (with Dastic)
- Feels Like Yesterday (feat. Robin Valo)
- Give It Up
- The Beat
- Wait Another Day (with Mesto)
- I Got You
- I’m Not Sorry (with Hardwell)
- Wait For You (feat. Maia Wright)
- Kylie (with Dastic)
- Day Or Night
- Dynamite (with Nicky Romero & Amba Shepherd)
- Make You Mine (feat. Moa Lisa)
- Take Me There (with Curbi)
- Fallin’ In
- You’re The Future (with SWACQ)
- Face Up To The Sun (with Justin Mylo feat. Sara Sangfelt)
- I Hope You Know (with Jonas Aden)
- Get Dirty
- Becky G – Shower (Mike Williams Future Remix)
- Calvin Harris feat. John Newman – Blame (Mike Williams Future Remix)
- Ummet Ozcan – Raise Your Hands (Mike Williams & Mesto Future Bootleg)
- Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – Outside (Mike Williams Remix)
- Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You (Mike Williams Future House Bootleg)
- One Direction – Drag Me Down (Mike Williams Future House Bootleg)
- Tiësto & Oliver Heldens feat. Natalie La Rose – The Right Song (Mike Williams Remix)
- Janieck – Feel The Love (Mike Williams Remix)
- Throttle feat. Lunchmoney Lewis & Aston Merrygold – Money Maker ( Mike Williams Remix)
- Galantis – Hunter (Mike Williams Remix)
- R3hab feat. VÉRITÉ – Trouble (Mike Williams Remix)
- Dada Life – We Want Your Soul (Mike Williams Remix)
- Hardwell feat. Conor Maynard & Snoop Dogg – How You Love Me ( Mike Williams Remix)
- Cheat Codes & Daniel Blume – Who ‘s Got Your Love ( Mike Williams Remix)
- Tiësto feat. Stevie Appleton – Blue (Mike Williams Remix)
- Topic and A7S – Breaking Me (Mike Williams Remix)
- Toby Romeo, Felix Jaehn & Faulhaber – Where The Lights Are Low ( Mike Williams Remix)
Awards for music sales
- 2020: for the single Lullaby
Note: Awards in countries from the chart tables or chart boxes can be found in the same.
|Country/RegionAwards for music sales
(country/region, awards, sales, sources)
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– Image collection
- Mike Williams on Discogs, retrieved October 31, 2018.
- Soulful future bounce anthem on dance-charts.co.uk, 20 March 2018, retrieved 4 December 2018 (English).
- Mike Williams – DMC World Magazine on dmcworld.net, March 2, 2016, retrieved October 31, 2018 (English).
- Mike Williams’s Remix of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” Will Have You Dancing Like a Twelve Year Old Girl on thissongslaps.com, April 19, 2015, accessed October 31, 2018 (English).
- Mike Williams on insomniac.com, retrieved 31 October 2018 (English).
- Mike Williams on iflyer.tv
- Mike Williams – Sweet & Sour on nieuweplaat.nl, retrieved 31 October 2018 (English).
- Akshay Bhanawat DJ Tiësto presents new Dutch talent Mike Williams during Ultra Music Festival in Miami on “The Music Essentials”
- Sign up for Meet & Greets with Quintino, Mike Williams and Pep & Rash on spinninrecords.com, July 6, 2016, accessed October 31, 2018 (English).
- Dj-talent (19) uit Kortehoef draait op ADE: “Droom die uitkomt” on nhnieuws.nl, 23 October 2016, retrieved 31 October 2018 (Dutch).
- Mike Williams On Track – Playlist on YouTube, accessed October 31, 2018.
- Leonard Llangozi Thief Breaks Into Mike Williams’ House And Steals His Laptop on EDMTunes
- Mark Hofman Mike Williams drops nieuwe track met Brézy on “Partyscene”
- Abel Haile Mike Williams interview on “Dance Charts”
- Chart sources: DE – AT US
- Mike Williams Releases the Official Music Video of His Last Single I Got You on “Wide Future”
- Henry Einck Mike Williams in an interview on “Dance Charts”
- Line-up – Festival – Tomorrowland , on tomorrowland.com, retrieved 22 July 2019 (English).
- Top 100 DJs on djmag.com, retrieved 31 October 2018 (English).
- Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike win DJ Mag top 100 voting 2019! on djmag.com, retrieved October 20, 2019.
- Awards: Germany
|ALTERNATE NAMES||Willemsen, Mike (real name); WLLMS (pseudonym)|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||dutch DJ and music producer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||27. November 1996|