Mike Exarchos (aka Stereo Mike) is a hip-hop musicologist and award-winning rap artist (first MTV Best Greek Act winner, 2008), with nominations for multiple VMAs and an MTV Europe Music Award. He is the programme leader for BA (Hons) Recording, Mixing, and Production at London College of Music (University of West London) and his publications include articles for Routledge, Bloomsbury Academic, Popular Music journal, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and the Journal of Popular Music Education.
His self-produced album, Xli3h, has been included in the 30 Best Greek hip hop albums of all time (Sonik, 2013) and he is the first Greek artist to perform at South By Southwest festival (2013). Mike holds a first-class honours degree in music technology (BSc), and postgraduate qualifications in higher education (PGCert) and audio production (MA), both awarded with distinction. His studio engineering career began at Vault Recording Studios in Hackney, London, where he worked with several British hip hop artists, including Klashnekoff, Bury Crew, Skinnyman, Taskforce, Iceberg Slim, and Mike GLC.
As Stereo Mike, he has produced three critically acclaimed solo albums and numerous singles for international artists on labels such as EMI, Universal, Sony, and Warner Music.