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Mike McGuinness, best known by the stage name Lempo, is a British DJ and music producer. Renowned for his four-to-the-floor cocktail of hip-hop and swing influenced house music.
His DJ career began in 2006 with a residency at the legendary Sankeys nightclub in Manchester. Further residencies followed in Liverpool, Leeds and London. In 2010, Lempo was voted Manchester's number one DJ on ‘The DJ List’. Lempo is no stranger to broadcasting, having presented his own radio show’s on Cheshire FM, Unity Radio FM, Digitally Imported FM and Global Radio between 2007-2014. Lempo has since switched from the airwaves to Mixcloud and has gained a cult following, with his ‘Twisted Melon’ mix-tape series consistently topping the streaming network house music chart. Lempo's success has seen him tour the world, performing shows for major club brands including Ministry Of Sound, Cream, Pacha and The Warehouse Project. A seasoned pro on the white isle of Ibiza and a regular fixture on the UK festival circuit - Lempo has had the honour of supporting household names such as The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Disclosure, Steve Aoki and Skrillex.
Lempo can always be found locked away in the studio working on his own material. It all started back in June 2010 with the release of his first full-length EP titled ‘The Death of Micky Fidget’ on Wonked Records which despite mixed reviews gained support from Laidback Luke and Kissy Sell Out.
In 2011, ‘The Organ Grinder’ was signed to Cr2 Records and would later get re-released as ‘Hi De Ho’ sampling the swing king Cab Calloway’s ‘Hi De Ho Man’ and be featured on Channel 4’s ‘Heston’s Fantastical Foods’ TV show (UK). In July 2011 Lempo launched his own imprint Applique Music with the labels first release, ‘The Best Times’ featuring Brazilian chanteuse Angelita Jimenez, which reached #2 on Trackitdown, #3 on Traxsource, and #21 on Beatport, supported by Eric Morillo and Roger Sanchez.
In 2012, he released the single ‘Jack In Boots’ a collaboration with Japwow on SuSu Music - Sampling Nancy Sinatra’s signature hit ‘These Boot’s Are Made For Walking’, which reached #13 in The Music Week Club Chart (UK), #36 on Beatport and was featured on the iTunes homepage upon release. Next up was a collaboration with Dirtybird Records’ Will Clarke on ‘Sound Of The Horns’ which reached #21 on Beatport. The electro-swing favourite ‘Boston Boogie’ a collaboration with Will Gold and Japwow swiftly followed, becoming Lempo’s first number #1 when it topped the Trackitdown store.
In 2013, Lempo released collaborations with several acclaimed artists including remix group K-Klass on ‘Brass Attack’ and the BBC’s Daniel Pemberton TV Orchestra on ‘Leaders Of Men’, which featured on the Sony Playstation game ‘Little Big Planet’. The stand-out track of 2013 was undoubtably ‘Playboy Bunny’, a collaboration with Craig David’s producer Mark “The Artful Dodger” Hill, featuring Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor Dawson on vocal, which reached #1 on Juno Download and #54 on iTunes, supported on BBC Radio One with plugs from Greg James and Nick Grimshore.
In 2014, Lempo released a trio of collaborations with Japwow under the Ninjury alias. Starting with ‘Cowabunga’, which was featured on a series of TV adverts for Channel 7’s ‘The X-Factor’ (Australia). The track also reached #1 on both Traxsource and Juno Download, was supported by Claude VonStroke at Ultra Music Festival in Miami along with BBC Radio One plugs from Pete Tong and Danny Howard. Roland Clark featured on ‘The Fat Lady’ with Ninjury, which also reached #1 on Juno Download - Roland is an American vocalist, best known for his international hit singles ‘Flowerz’ with Armand van Helden and ‘Star 69’ with Fatboy Slim. The third and final Ninjury collaboration was ‘Wishbone’ which achieved another brace of number #1’s on Traxsource and Juno Download.
2015 started with dance-floor favourite ‘Woo Yeah’ reaching #1 on Juno Download and #82 on Beatport, with several plugs on Capital FM and Kiss FM. In the summer Lempo released the sun-kissed deep house single ‘Making Love’, a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’ with a fresh vocal from X-factor (Holland) finalist Barry James Thomas, which reached #1 on Juno Download, #20 in the Music Week Club Chart (UK) and #32 on Beatport.
2016 began with the piano-house single ‘Soz’ being selected as Spinnin’ Records first ‘Track Of The Week’ for the new year, it peaked at #2 on Juno Download and #19 on Beatport, gaining support by Andi Durrant on Kiss FM. Canadian vocalist MC Flipside - who broke onto the scene as the voice for dance anthem 'Hi Friend' by Deadmau5 in 2008 was next to work with Lempo, on the single ‘Goinout’ which became a Juno Download #1 and Trackitdown #1, not to mention it’s inclusion in the first-round ballot for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards within both the ‘Best Dance Track’ and ‘Best Music Video’ Categories. Next up was a collaboration with American rapper Princess Superstar, best known for her single ‘Perfect (Exceeder)’ with Mason. She teamed up with Lempo on the hip-house single ‘Triumph’ which went straight to #1 on both the Juno Download and TrackitDown stores. ‘In The End’ a collaboration with British indie band Darktown Jubilee, reached #1 on TrackItDown and #15 on Juno Download. The year ended with Lempo curating ‘5AM’ the 5 year anniversary compilation for Applique Music which peaked at #19 in the Beatport Top 100 releases.
In January 2017, Lempo was commissioned to remix ‘Let Me Hit It’ by rap legend Snoop Dogg for Los Angeles Imprint Docka Records, which reached #5 on Beatport. ‘House Doctor’ a collaboration with Roland Clark was released on Todd Terry’s InHouse Records in February reaching #1 on Juno Download and #30 on Traxsource.