Michalis Manolakos aka Manolaco was born in Athens, Greece in 1983. He started practicing music from a very young age. At the age of nine he began music studies in a local music school. For the next seven years he studied theory and harmony of music and practiced his keyboard skills as well.
At the age of thirteen his first major influence was West Coast Hip Hop and Detroit House music. He was also influenced by Big Beats, Soul, Funky and acid grooves. In the summer of 2004 he played as resident DJ in club Linardo (paros island) along site many famous local Djs. After that his friend Pascal (Deejay) included him in “Majestic crew” where Manolaco played in some of the hottest local clubs like Home, Club 22, Hilton (Athens), Motel, Danza, Plus X amongst international House artists like Kenny Carpenter, Mateos & Matos, Kenny Hawks, Roger Sanchez, Mr. V, Onsulade and many more.
In the year 2006 his was musically influenced by his good friend Lorenzo (BLEND) which resulted in his turn to Electronic House with funky elements. This development gave him the opportunity to participate in few Blend events at clubs like FUZZ, LUV, Shadow, Ammos, Blend Club (Athens) and Cavo Paradiso (Mykonos), next to artists like Richie Hawtin, Ali Dubfire, Gaiser, Magda,Troy Pierce, Terry Francis, Ray Okpara, Nekes, Matthias Tanzmann, Raresh, Kreon & Lemos. 2010 was a year of studio dedication, inspiration and creativity for Manolaco.
His fresh ideas were nicely put together with his rocking beats and managed to finish fifteen quality house tracks, some of them with his other music half and good friend Ikee in well known labels such as Monique Musique, Unlock Records, Greelpound, Akbai Music, Arjaus Records, Datagroove and Sound Mass.
The outcome of this effort was a massive support by many international artists including: Ronan Portela, Ariel Rodz, Marco Carola, Alexis Cabrera, Urss, Someone Else, Anja Schneider, Nic Fancioulli, Jay Tripwire and Utku Dalmaz to name a few. What is next? Well, this year is looking very promising for Manolaco as he joins Blend’s huge artist roster among world’s top international djs and producers.