Born and raised in Washington, DC., Michael Robertson, Brotha Mike, became fascinated with the effects of signal on audio equipment as early as 8 years old. His fascination began with watching signal from a high current amplifier, burn, in almost promethean fashion, a woofer from a dismantled speaker. Sounds like a simple concept to an audio engineer, but very intriguing for a child—so began his study of audio and its equipment and how it worked. He began Djing at a very young age at house parties that friends of his mothers had invited her to—being the DJ as often as the parties would happen. As early as 6 months into his 10th birthday, Michael began Djing at a small late night club, under the supervision of his mother, in 1981.
At age 15, after shipping off far away from home to boarding school, Michael tried his hand at radio, in Sheffield, Ma. At a station called lettered WBSL-FM. He began his radio career programming what was then called Dinner Jazz (MOR) format, playing artists such as: Wes Montgomery, Eric Dolphy, Art Blakey, Art Pepper and Oscar Peterson, to name a few... He also managed the station during his junior and senior years and was instrumental in growing the radio station's music collection through his contact with major and independent record labels. He was deemed one of the best managers the station had seen in many years. As a DJ he would program a variety of different genres of music to set specific mood and atmosphere over the airwaves.
During summers away from school he would apprentice under a DJ at WPFW in Washington, D.C. As well as DJ at the station under the auspices of a DJ that would call himself the 'Po Man, who programmed Blues.
After matriculating into college at the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio. Michael began to DJ at WCWS-FM, the College's public radio station. In his tenure there he became a music director that was charged with listening and categorising obscure college format music that included electronic music.
After moving from Columbus, Ohio to Pittsburgh, Michael had trained at WRCT, the Carnegie Mellon University radio station, and became a DJ there. He had hosted a show called Michael's Eclectic Kitchen for six years. Because of the radio stations mantra of providing music that can not be heard anywhere else on the FM dial, Michael had developed a programming that was oscure encompassing Indie-Rock, Jazz, and House music throughout his program. His show would start with the Indie-Rock and oscure musics sand end with mixing House music.
During his tenure at WRCT, Michael was asked to be the resident DJ at a Club called Club Havana in the Shadyside neighbourhood of Pittsburgh. Each week he would play host to a packed house, serving Deep House music all night long. As a resident, he would play alongside such notables as Norm Talley (Detroit, Beatdown Sounds), Charles Tate of King Kooba (Om Records), Tommie Sunshine, Shawn Rudiman (Technoir Audio), and many others. Michael resided at Club Havana for eight years.
In March of 2005, Michael and his residency at Club Havana were a feature story in the Pittsburgh City Paper— and also listed as artist of the week. During the same year Michael had guest Djed at a club in Miami called the Harrison Lounge during Winter Music Conference. During his fourteen years in Pittsburgh, Michael has been asked to DJ at many events in almost every club in the City from Metropol to the Matrix, New Amsterdam, Alto (as a resident), Z:Lounge, and many others.