Mike Joyce is best known as the drummer with The Smiths, although he’s played with many other artists including Sinead O’Connor, Buzzcocks and Julian Cope in a career that began in the late 70s.
More recently Mike has worked in radio and his show Alternative Therapy began broadcasting in 2006 on 96.2 The Revolution alongside Gary Mounfield (“Mani”), Clint Boon, and Martin Coogan. In 2008, Mike took his show to Manchester Radio Online, which at the time became the most successful internet-based radio station in the UK. The success of Mike’s show caught the attention of Jon Tattersall from The Official Charts Company who asked him to present The Coalition Independent Chart Show. The chart featured numerous artists who Mike invited onto his show for interviews and live sessions.
The strength of Mike Joyce’s legendary ex-Smith’s status has attracted bands like The Drums, The XX, Noah and The Whale, Metronomy, The Charlatans, Ian Brown, Delphic, and numerous other artists who have been in the studio for interviews and exclusive sessions.
Mike also took the chart show to East Village Radio, New York’s hippest station, and has worked at BBC 6 Music, standing in for Marc Riley, Radcliffe & Maconie, and Guy Garvey.
Over the last few years, as well as sustaining a career as an in-demand DJ, Mike has branched out in more diverse areas of entertainment. He hosted an award ceremony at Gorton Monastery in 2013 and in November 2014 featured in his radio acting debut on BBC Radio 4 in a piece written and starring Maxine Peake.
2017 is proving to be one of Mike’s busiest years for radio, TV, and live events as it coincides with the 30th anniversary of The Smiths’ lamented demise.
Mike is available for awards hosting, as an MC, or a DJ for your event.