Mike Joyce

Now is your chance to have one of The Smiths tell their story, live to your audience.

There was life before The Smiths ... Mike Joyce’s first band was a punk outfit called The Hoax, who played a handful of gigs in and around Manchester in ‘79-‘80 and released a 7” single Only The Blind Can See In The Dark and a 12” single So What. From there, Mike went on to play with Irish band, Victim in ‘80-‘81

And then 1982 happened.. and for the next 5 years Mike’s life was intertwined with that of Johnny Marr’s, Andy Rourke’s and Stephen Morrissey… better known as The Smiths.
On their demise, Mike, joined by Andy, toured with Sinead O’Connor during one of her most successful periods.

In late ‘88 and ‘89 Mike reunited with his former Smith, Morrissey. He played on two hit singles, The Last of the Famous International Playboys and Interesting Drug. Not wishing to let the grass grow under his feet, Mike then spent two years touring and recording with Mancunian punk legends, Buzzcocks.

1992 saw Mike playing with another of his heroes, the mighty Julian Cope.  A British and American tour with Public Image Limited followed in 1993, allowing Mike to meet and play with John Lydon and team up with the Siouxsie And The Banshees guitarist, John McGeoch.

In 1995 Mike collaborated on a track with Soul diva P.P.Arnold.

From 1996 through to 1998 Mike played and recorded with Liverpool’s Pete Wylie from The Mighty Wah! aka Wah! Heat.

Since 1998, Mike has played and recorded with many artists including Bonehead from Oasis , with whom he and Andy Rourke formed Moondog, Aziz, once of Stone Roses, and Vinny Peculiar to name but a few.

In July 2007, Mike and Andy Rourke produced ‘Inside The Smiths’, a DVD which chronicled their experiences of being in the band.

Since 2006 Mike has been an in demand DJ, both in clubs and on radio.

His radio show, ‘Alternative Therapy’ began broadcasting in 2006 on 96.2 The Revolution (along side Mani, Clint Boon and Martin Coogan).

Mike then moved the show to Manchester Radio Online.  The success of Mike’s show, over 100,000 listeners every show,  caught the attention of Jon Tattersall, from The Official Charts Company, who asked him to present The Coalition Independent Chart Show. The show featured the chart run down alongside interviews and sessions.

After discussions, Mike decided to take the chart show to East Village Radio, New York’s hippest station. At this time Mike also became a regular on BBC 6 Music as their first stand in for Marc Riley, Radcliffe & Maconie and Guy Garvey.

The strength of Mike Joyce’s legendary ex-Smith’s status has attracted bands like The Drums, The XX, Noah and The Whale, Girls, Ian Brown and Delphic who have been in the studio for interviews and exclusive sessions.

Alongside his radio shows Mike ran a hugely successful night at The Brickhouse in Manchester called ‘Alternative Therapy’ as well as a monthly DJ residency at the intimate surroundings of The Drawing Room, West Didsbury, Manchester.

2017 will be Mike’s busiest year for many years with national radio shows, TV appearances and interviews. It’s also happens to be the 30th Anniversary of the demise of The Smiths with many features planned.

If you would like to book Mike or for more information please email me on matt@locotalent.co.uk