Nightvision’s very own twisted house purveyor, Philo aka Mike Hanlon has been rocking dance floors all over the region for some time now with his filthy, nasty, warped out tech, acid, tribal, progressive house and breakbeat sounds. Beginning his career with a monthly residency at one of Pittsburgh’s premier club nights “Solution @ Chemistry” Mike was able to build a strong fan base for himself which demonstrated to be quite helpful when opening up his own Friday night club night, the now defunct “Fridays @ Muse.” With these two residencies Mike has been able to make a name for himself in the region and subsequent bookings have followed, Opening for such artists as D:Fuse, Lee Burridge, T-1000, and even DJ Assault to name merely a few. Following the shutdown of Muse, Philo and Nightvision shifted their focus into a new night at Pittsburgh’s premier house club Z:lounge. “Forward” (named for the brand of forward thinking music that was played there) proved to be extremely successful and pushed Philo and Nightvision into their current endeavour alongside SoulGlo and DynamixCrew with “Spin @ Sanctuary.” Arguably the best nightclub in the city of Pittsburgh, Sanctuary has played host to a myriad of international talent. With Philo's role in this new project, big things will surely follow in 2006.
Trained formally in both piano and guitar, Philo has an immeasurable range of musical knowledge, which are now carrying over into the studio into his own original productions. Introduced to electronic and industrial music by artists such as Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, and God Lives Underwater in the early ‘90s Mike’s infatuation for the electronic sound began. Not very long afterwards Mike discovered artists such as The Crystal Method, Hybrid, Sasha & Digweed, Lee Burridge and Umek. Listening to these artists made Mike realize the power they can have on the dancefloor thus making the turntables his new instrument of choice.
sound is constantly evolving and taking new form but has firm roots in
tech house, acid house and progressive. Always one to seek out records
that are as individual as he is, Mike keeps his sound fresh and inventive,
a true supporter of the underground house movement.