Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Mike Else is the ineffable, genre-less creator known worldwide as Professor Kliq. Recognized for his signature funk-inspired breaks and soaring solos, Mike isn’t one to disappoint.
Starting with 2001’s The Scientific Method, a dystopian concept album speaking from the heart of a restless teenager, his discography marches on for the next decade, with each release embodying a different attitude. Nowhere is this more evident than Guns Blazin’, the 2005 electro-rock release that quickly became a fan favorite and catapulted him into the spotlight.
But for Mike, music isn’t something to tinker with privately and expose only on a planned release schedule; it’s internationally-recognized language of emotion, begging to be shared. Thanks to the Creative Commons licenses, Guns Blazin’, and every record since, is available for free online – and without compromising his rights as an artist.
By allowing fans around the globe to share, remix, and reuse his work in productions of their own, Professor Kliq sits at the center of a passionate global community. And while this might scare some, Mike is seeing a positive impact on his bottom line. With little traditional publicity, he’s had the opportunity to score for film and television. Recent years brought placements with Vimeo, Adweek, and Ubisoft.
Now with his sixth major release, Curriculum Vitae, this prolific artist forges ahead; unveiling a collection of sounds unlike any other electronic act today. If you doubt, slip on your cans and press play.