Member Spotlight: Mick Batyske

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Mick BATYSKE

“Parenting is not Uncle Phil or Danny Tanner. Good fatherhood means you’re doing your best.”

What do you do and what led you to this career?

First and foremost, I travel the world deejaying. My clients have included everyone from Jay Z to LeBron, Michelle Obama to Prince, and all your favorite brands: Adidas, Cadillac, GQ, Instagram, Samsung, etc. It’s a complete blessing to do this for a living.

Most people don’t know this, but I am self managed. Thus, I have always placed a huge focus on my personal development. Theoretically, I may be the world’s most educated DJ, with an MBA from John Carroll University, as well as some post-grad coursework at Harvard.

I then combined my creativity and education into a career that has multiple tentacles. I speak regularly at conferences and universities about creativity and personal branding. I am an avid start up investor, including Winc, DotDotDash and Backdrop. Lastly, I’m launching a podcast (via Anchor, another one of my investments) speaking to business leaders about their cultural influences. It’s going to be really fun, and combine all of my loves into one program.

What is the name and age of your kids?

Myles Xavier - who is 3. He likes to think he is 3 and a half. But he isn’t. We let that shit slide though, cause it’s cute.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a father?

Seeing a tiny, living, breathing, amazing, fantastic better version of me.  Significantly more fashionable, a better dancer, and he has way cooler hair.

And what is the most challenging?

I’m gone EXTENSIVELY for work.  Up to 4 flights a week.  That’s pretty touch being away from him so much, but God invented FaceTime so are make it work.

What has been your greatest career achievement thus far?

I’ve been blessed to do a lot of really fun and amazing things in my life.  Deejayed for people who I idolize.  Worked on projects with people I consider legendary.  Turned a deejaying career into multiple other avenues that I use to support my family.  But all of that has come under the umbrella of working for myself.  That, to me, is the best part,

What is your best advice for someone new to your industry?

It’s about people and relationships before it’s ever about money.  In any industry.

What is your best advice for a new dad?

You’re gonna fuck up.  You’re gonna be clueless.  You’re gonna miss out on moments.  But always remember - you can set your own normal. Parenting is not Uncle Phil or Danny Tanner. Good fatherhood means you’re doing your best.   

What is your current favorite activity with your kids?

We do morning coffee runs, and catch up on things like his school and my travels.  Beyond that, we both love Transformers and Spider-Man.  It’s always Christmas in our house, because I am a big kid.  I named Myles after Miles Morales, the new, mixed Spider-Man from Brooklyn.   Definitely a cool role model for him to have.

Lyrics to live by:

Jay Z once rapped "I'd rather die enormous than live dormant” which means ambition over stagnation.  A great rule to live by.


Follow Mick at @mick