August 10, 2015 therebelsociety

Five O’Clock | Mick Batyske

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I have always heard about and respected Mick for the work that he has been putting in, for what seems like forever. Congrats to him and his new baby. Check out this article to see how he spends his days.

“On a normal day, I’d get up at 7:30am, go for a run, and be at my desk by 9:00am,” Mick Batyske tells us. Today is not a normal day. Mick has been sick, his wife Rana is very pregnant, it’s past 10, and we’re standing around the island in their Park Slope kitchen eating Ample Hills Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace ice cream for breakfast (a Five O’Clock first). Mick, to his credit, steers clear of the brown sugar and cinnamon spiked scoops in favor of yogurt and berries. Rana had laughed earlier: “I was going to wait until you guys left to dive into this ice cream, but what the hell?” Mick shrugs. “We chose Rana’s OB-GYN because the office was next to Pinkberry.”

When he isn’t moonlighting as a connoisseur of frozen confections, MICK is a well-known DJ (his clients have included Rihanna, LeBron James, and Jay-Z), and dabbling entrepreneur. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, his music career began as the DJ for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He moved to New York seven years ago and his foot hasn’t left the gas since. In the works currently are a slew of remix albums (something Mick has made his signature after mashing up Coldplay and Jay-Z for Viva la Hova back in 2011), scores for EA Sports’ NBA Live franchise, party gigs for A-Listers, and everything else Mick does to fill his time. “The shit I do during the day is really my job. The cultivating of relationships, all the things you have to do to have a creative career,” Mick says as he sips on a plastic bottle of Grape Powerade Zero. “Getting to play music for a few hours at an event is like the cherry on top.”

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