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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Soul Clap Winter Residency in Brooklyn This Friday

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


Amy Douglas and I will be in Brooklyn this weekend singing the hits, I’ll be playing some plates, and Midnight Magic, The Illustrious Blacks and Bamboozle will be there too. Totally unreal lineup in a great space.

Soul Clap Records Winter Residency
Feb 2nd, 11PM-4AM.
C’Mon Everybody
325 Franklin, BKNY

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2017 Year In Review

Apt One @ December 19th, 2017 ... · No Comments


This was a really exciting year. My self-titled EP came out on Soul Clap, and we licensed a fantastic remix by Bosq to Defected Records. Amy Douglas and DJ Bruce turned in stellar vocals and remixes, respectively. I had the honor of remixing Midnight Magic. I got to play some really fun parties in the UK, Miami, NYC, Pittsburgh, DC and beyond. Funk Train has started to grow in DC, NY and Philly. Most importantly, I got to share it with lots of great friends and my family as well. I got to watch many of my friends achieve some great things in their careers – it’s been very satisfying.

I’m happy that some of these things were recognized by some of the music outlets I like most. Juno named the Bosq Remix of Get It On and my remix of Midnight Magic as two of its top 30 disco tracks this year, and Traxsource named me one of their top 100 indie dance artists for the second year in a row.

Next year should be a fun one too! Amy Douglas and I are working on a lot of new music and I have plenty of other fun projects in the works. Thank you for all the support from Soul Clap, Razor-N-Tape, Diggin Deeper, Giant Cuts, Defected Records and anybody else who has put out my music recently. Thanks to Brent from Rogue Agency and Sammy my mix engineer. Thanks to Jeff Fry for great graphic design on all the Funk Train fliers and thanks to everybody who has listened to my music, come to see me play or supported me in any way!

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