Michael The Lion x Amy Douglas – Find A Way (featuring Steven Klavier)

Apt One @ November 19th, 2019 ... · No Comments

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Amy Douglas and I have a NEW single out called Find A Way featuring Steven Klavier. I’m really, really, really excited for the world to hear this record. Fingers crossed, but I think this track is really going somewhere. It’s an anthem.

Listen to it below, stream it, buy it… and if you have time, read on for some of my long-winded thoughts about this single and the EP that to come! There is a release party in Philly this Saturday at Foto Club that you can attend, I’d love to see you there.


Amy Douglas and I have been working on music together since the fall of 2011. Eight years. First we made Funk Train, which started as a piece of a sprawling LP I was making). That song transformed into a bruiser of a vinyl 12″ on Soul Clap in the summer of 2014. That tune still lights up dancefloors to this day.

We knew we were on to something, so as I started working on a self-titled Michael The Lion EP, I asked Amy to contribute a song, which became Get It On – a positivity anthem that we performed live in Philly on a day where we shot promo photos all throughout the alleys of the Gayborhood. That tune, and the remixes it spawned, put the world on notice that Amy was about to storm the disco and take dance music to another level. If you’ve checked the charts recently that is 100% happening.

We knew we could catch this spirit in a bottle, shake it up and the pour out all kinds of goodness for the world to hear. We got to work.

Fast forward to today, and we are beginning to roll out a brand new EP on Soul Clap, starting with this song. It’s no coincidence that Steven Klavier features on this – he and Amy are a dynamic vocal duo and he’s an unbelievable writer and performer. The EP, out in the spring, features the talents of an amazing array of musicians, including keyboardist Dan Paul, guitarist James Hart, bassist Leon Boykins, percussionist Eugene Tambourine, producer Sammy Bananas, and drummer Gary Dann. The legendary John Morales is mixing extended versions of the record for 12″ play.

Thank you very much to Eli and Charlie of Soul Clap, Seth and Nathan of Soul Clap and Crew Love, Oz, Brent Lippincott, Sharon of Shine PR and our designer Erik Brown for facilitating the non-music side of this record, and thank you to our families, who basically enable any and all of this to be possible.

Stay tuned…

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Do What U Wanna Do (Edit) – FREE DOWNLOAD

Apt One @ September 19th, 2019 ... · No Comments


A long-time funky staple of my DJ sets can now be yours, courtesy of Crew Love and Soul Clap Records family. Get it for free at my Bandcamp page.

Play it loud!

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Michael The Lion “Demos 2009-2012″ – Out Now on Soul Clap Records

Apt One @ May 22nd, 2019 ... · No Comments

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The original conception of DJ Apt One’s Michael The Lion project was as a continuous LP of sample-driven, instrument rich disco tunes. Although the project turned into a persona and the LP evolved into 5 years of singles, EPs, edits and collaborations – the original demo version of the project is worth a listen. Not only is it a long-form piece in an increasingly short-form world, but it’s a window into the past of Michael’s catalog. It’s full of alternate versions of now-well-known tunes (including a post-punk style version of Funk Train featuring Amy Douglas) and tracks that are only now coming to light (Hear What I Say featuring Shyvonne). The cassette also features numerous unreleased songs and sketches, including a tribute to the infamous Tunnel Vision rave of Michael’s youth in Pittsburgh, PA.

Buy it now – only on Bandcamp!

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Hear What I Say f. Shyvonne – Now Available on the Earth Night Compilation

Apt One @ April 22nd, 2019 ... · No Comments


Happy Earth Day.

Very excited to be a part of the Earth Night compilation by DJs For Climate Action – nearly 60 tracks donated by artists from 12 countries raising awareness and funds for #ClimateAction. All proceeds from its sale are being donated to climate change fighting initiatives. Some amazing artists on this compilation – Little Boots, The Revenge, Joey Negro, Mr. V, Marcel Vogel and more.

Climate Change is THE challenge of our lifetimes, and I’m very happy that Sammy Bananas, Eli Soul Clap, Mira Farenheit and the whole DJs For Climate Action team have made it possible for Shyvonne and me to amplify our voices and make a difference.

Shoutout to the amazing Shyvonne for bringing the spirit to this one. If you saw her performing it this past weekend at House of Yes in NYC, you had a real treat.

Available wherever fine digital music is sold.

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Hooked Returns with Tiki Disco’s Andy Pry

Apt One @ December 20th, 2018 ... · No Comments

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The spirit of the boogie is back!! Philly’s original party for classic disco and the music it inspired makes its triumphant return.

After almost a year on hiatus, Hooked returns, this time to the Dolphin Tavern in South Philly. Andy Pry of NYC’s legendary Tiki Disco party joins Del and yours truly next Friday, December 29th.

Andy Pry (Tiki Disco, NYC)
with residents
Michael The Lion (Soul Clap, Razor-N-Tape)
Del (5 Magazine, Do You Wanna Boogie)
@ The Dolphin Tavern
1539 S. Broad St., Philly
Saturday, December 29th.

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Summer Tour Wraps in NYC at House of Yes this Saturday

Apt One @ September 4th, 2018 ... · No Comments


A summer of good times wraps up for me this weekend at the singular House of Yes in Brooklyn. As always, it will be extravagant, there will be costumes, and it will be fun as hell.

House of Yes presents
Free before 11pm with RSVP | Tickets $15-30

Change your hair, change your life.

: : : DRESS CODE : : :

Wigs, headpieces, fabulous creativity!

: : : MUSIC : : :

Michael The Lion
Zephyr Ann
The Wig
Sue Avenue

: : : FEATURING : : :

High Fashion Photo Booth
Beauty Parlor
Delirious Hair Design Sculpture Salon
Aerial Hair Spectacles
Performance Art Mayhem
Big Wigs

21+ | No Re-Entry
*Free before 11pm with RSVP only on Eventbrite*

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The Changer (FSQ Remix) Now Out on Soul Clap Records

Apt One @ June 13th, 2018 ... · No Comments


My label-mates FSQ have put together the first of what will be two whole LPs of remixes from the Soul Clap Records catalog. My tune The Changer from last year’s Michael The Lion EP got the remix treatment on this one. Out now wherever fine digital music is sold.

All proceeds from the sale of the record go to the family of the late S’aD “The Hourchild” Ali of FSQ, who passed away recently and is dearly missed.

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Good Company at The Dolphin (Philly)

Apt One @ April 5th, 2018 ... · No Comments


Joining my mellow lil’dave of illvibe Collective at the Dolphin this Friday with the outer space jams and the inner spiritual groovers. Last Philly party for a bit – see you there!

Good Company

Michael The Lion (Soul Clap Records, Razor-N-Tape, Defected)
lil’dave (Eavesdrop Radio, illvibe, OSAGE)

The Dolphin – 1539 S. Broad St, Philadelphia
Friday April 6th, 10-2


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Friday – Hooked Returns to Philly’s Liaison Room

Apt One @ March 29th, 2018 ... · No Comments


The spirit of the boogie is back! Philly’s disco classics party – showcasing the classics and all they inspired – returns to Liaison Room for its quarterly dip into the soulful waters. We will also be celebrating the release of Shawn Ryan’s new Superprince EP on Razor-N-Tape! Can’t wait to see y’all there – next one isn’t until the summer – don’t miss it.



music by residents:
Michael The Lion | Soul Clap Records • Razor-N-Tape
Shawn Ryan | Universal Cave • Superprince • Razor-N-Tape
DEL | Do You Wanna Boogie? • 5 Magazine

@Liaison Room
1253 N. Front St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
(enter through Front St. Cafe)
FREE b4 11pm | $5 after

We do not tolerate intolerance | Respect the vibe ♥

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Michael The Lion, Shawn Ryan and Elvin T for One Night Only

Apt One @ February 6th, 2018 ... · No Comments


We don’t always get to do what we want, but on one night in February we are gonna be Livin It Up together.

Getting together with two of my closest buddies to play great dance in a cozy room in Philly with no cover.

Michael The Lion (Soul Clap, Razor-N-Tape, Defected)
Shawn Ryan (Universal Cave, Superprince, Razor-N-Tape)
Elvin T (Let’s Play House, Rizumu)

Feb 23
Upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie
Front & Thompson Streets, Philadelphia
No Cover

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