Mix Master Mike is an American turntablist, entrepreneur, DJ, TV personality, and singer. He is best known for providing backing vocals and his DJ skills during live performances of the hip hop group Beastie Boys between 1998 and 2012.

Born Name

Michael A. Schwartz

Nick Name

Mix Master Mike

Sun Sign


Born Place

San Francisco, California, United States


Los Angeles, California, United States




He ran away from home at the age of 16 and didn’t graduate high school.


DJ, Turntablist, Entrepreneur, Singer, TV Personality


  • Father – Mark Schwartz
  • Mother – “Mzlanikai”
  • Siblings – Katie (née Schwartz) Farah (Sister), Megan (née Schwartz) Fredrick (Sister)
  • Others – Tony Bennett (Uncle), Jack Dylan Grazer (Nephew)


Mix Master Mike is represented by Copeland Entertainment (Talent Agent, Manager) in Encino, California, United States.


Turntablism, Rap Rock, Hip-Hop/Rap


Vocals, Turntables, Mixer


  • Grand Royal
  • Capitol Records




5 ft 8 in or 173 cm


80 kg or 176.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Mix Master Mike has dated –

  1. Diana “Dianne” Copeland (1996-Present) – He started dating Diana Copeland, who is also his manager, on July 4, 1996. They got married in 1999 and have a daughter named Mercedes “Ceydee” together.

Race / Ethnicity

Mixed (White and Asian)

He is of Filipino descent on his maternal side and of German-Jewish descent on his paternal side.

Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Bushy eyebrows
  • Multiple tattoos

Brand Endorsements

Mix Master Mike is a big supporter of the OperationSmile and Vogel Alcove organizations.

Mix Master Mike Favorite Things

  • Fighter – Nate Diaz

Source –

Mix Master Mike Facts

  1. He grew up listening to his uncle Tony’s massive record collection. He was also a big metalhead at the time and listened to bands such as Slayer, Led Zeppelin, and Motörhead.
  2. Mix Master Mike got his start by working venues such as weddings, celebrations, garage DJ battles, and house parties.
  3. He, DJ Qbert, and DJ Apollo decided to form a turntablist group named titled Invisibl Skratch Piklz, formerly Shadow of the Prophet, in 1989. All 3 of them were of Filipino descent and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  4. He calls members of his fanbase Mix Fam.
  5. International Turntablist Federation honored him with a 1995 Grand Wizzard Theodore lifetime achievement award.
  6. He is well-known for his intricate scratch routines, using heavy bass, and using a wah-wah pedal with his turntables, which is commonly used by rock and metal guitarists.
  7. Mix Master Mike was often credited with inventing the ‘Tweak Scratch’. To achieve the drop in sound and pitch, he moves his record back and forth while the platter motor is stopped.
  8. A secret character that physically resembles him can be unlocked by entering a cheat code in SSX Tricky (2002), a snowboarding video game.
  9. With the help of Skullcandy, he designed and released official Mix Master Mike headphones on December 2, 2010.
  10. He, alongside other Beastie Boys members, was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame in May 2012.
  11. After the release of their 9th studio album, Elephants on Acid (2018), announced Mix Master Mike would become a member of the hip hop group Cypress Hill. With that, he joined other members – , DJ Muggs, and .
  12. Mix Master Mike listed his biggest influences as , John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. The most important thing he learned from Miles Davis is the power of silence on building up excitement within the crowd.
  13. He has his line of sunglasses as part of Black Flys Eyewear, named MMMFLY.
  14. He is good friends with John Rinehart, an author, short film producer, speaker, and CFO of Sacramento Kings, and his wife.
  15. Mix Master Mike is a big believer in Malcolm Gladwell’s “10k hours rule”.
  16. Mix Master Mike, by his approximation, has 80k records at home and chose 5k of his favorite records to display in his studio.

Featured Image by Michael Morel / Flickr / CC BY-2.0


Facts of Mix Master Mike

  • full nameMix Master Mike
  • Date of Birth April 04, 1970
  • Age 51 years 7 months
  • Horoscope Aries
  • Lucky Number 7
  • Lucky Stone Diamond
  • Lucky Color Red
  • Best Match for Marriage Leo
  • weight80 kg
  • height5 ft 8 in

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