DJ Juan Atkins, DJ Terrence Parker,
DJ Minx, DJ Marcellus "Malik" Pittman
DJ Rick Wilhite, DJ Mike Clark
DJ Theo Parrish
Cornelius "Atlantis" Harris,

October 21, 2006
Willkie Auditorium
DJ Mike Clark aka "Agent X"

Born on the North-end of downtown Detroit to an energetic mother and an electrician, and raised on the West side off the infamous 7 Mile Road, surrounded by the electrifying energy of the Funk and Disco era, Mike “Agent X” Clark served his time during the late 1970s in the gang-riddled 7 Mile / 8 Mile youth environment that was West Detroit.  He spent much time shadowing his father on various electrical jobs, as well as installing sound systems in local bars, including one where his father also DJ’d during the 1960s. 
The 1980s dawned and Clark’s older brother began sneaking him into the hottest local dance clubs, soon becoming a regular at legendary discotheques such as L’Uomo, Cheeks, Studio 54, and the Park Avenue Club.  This is when Clark first saw three of his models, Ken Collier, Darryl Shannon and Delano Smith, spin.  These three jocks can lay claim to selling Agent X on his life’s mission.  To this day, he specifically remembers that Detroit’s earliest DJs such as Dwayne Montgomery, Kevin Dysard, and the iconic Ken Collier, never ceased to amaze him with their skill, craft, and showmanship.  It was the competitive nature of this era of DJing that influenced Mike the most.
High School for Clark meant several months of longing – longing to belong to the popular new youth subculture phenomenon of DJ crews – opposing teams of turntable masters.  At this time there were three main crews; the now world-renown “Deep Space,” “Direct Drive” (eventually Clark’s crew), and “Audio Crew” (home to UR member, Buzz Goree).  From then on there was no turning back -  DD founder, Todd Johnson, along with members Hassan, Darryl Shannon, Al Heath, Kevin Dysard, and Dwayne Montgomery welcomed their newest addition, Mike Clark.  He was now playing with the best… in Clark’s eyes.
Mike notes that joining Direct Drive, or any of these prime DJ crews, came with a benefits package – instant popularity.  During these late high school years, and those immediately following, Clark spent much time playing backyard parties and underground club gigs – battling his peers in full-on exhibitionist turntablist showcases (the athletic, quick-limbed DJ style Terrence Parker and the like are still known for today) – all the time wearing the prized DJ crew jacket, a mid-1980s ticket to celebrity status.  Everyone wanted to be down, yet only a select few made the cut.  Eventually, Clark landed a residency at club Cheeks – his first favorite residency to date – and later at Studio 54 (now known as the City Club / Labrynth).
For Clark though, channeling his abundant supply of energy into the turntables, through the speakers, and onto the dancefloor replaced his turbulent junior high years in a field of gang violence and fulfilled his yen for a challenge.  Yet, the discovery of the magic and mystery of the maestro of the dancefloor had an even greater, arguably more profound, impact in changing his life – not only did music and club life, alongside a strong tie to martial arts, literally save him from the dangerous and risky world of gang life around him, but it opened is eyes to the amazingly endless and enigmatic nature of the human race.  He saw people and their possibilities for the first time as this powerful force.
Ever since, seeking to connect with people through the dancefloor has proven, at least for Clark, to be one solid path to a universal communication – one without the rigid lines of class, color, creed, or gender. Read more>>
DJs will present performances on Fri. (Oct. 20) and Sat.(Oct. 21)evening at Second Story Night Club, located at 201 South College Avenue (corner of 4th and College), Bloomington, IN 47401.
Details at http://www.secondstorynightclub.com/
A list of Bloomington-area accommodations can be found at: http://www.visitbloomington.com/ (click on "Where to Stay"). 
Please note that the conference occurs during Homecoming weekend at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, so many hotels in Bloomington might have limited availability.  If you are having trouble finding a place to stay, please contact us at, so many hotels in Bloomington might have limited availability.  If you are having trouble finding a place to stay, please contact us at sufass@indiana.edu/ (812) 855-8547.
The conference has been partially funded by the College Arts and Humanities Institute with co-sponsors: the IU Departments of African and African American Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Communication and Culture, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, School of Journalism, African American Arts Institute, Foster International Living-Learning Center, RPS Academic Initiatives and Services, Foster Quad Community Council, and Foster Quad Student Government. Additional support March 22, 2010 Unirhythm, and the record outlet Vibes New & Rare Music.


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March 22, 2010

March 22, 2010

Please note that this conference occurred in 2006. We are no longer accepting registration forms.

Advance Registration
(Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2006)
Student: $5.00/person (with ID)
Non-student: $15.00/ person

After October 16, 2006, please plan on registering at the door.
Student: $8.00/person (with ID)
Non-student: $20.00/person