We are all familiar with a little red-headed orphan named Annie and her infamous "hard-knock life." Now hold on, don't go anywhere. This isn't going to a piece about a 38-year-old movie. In fact, quite the opposite.   

Man posing at bar

Mike Mondella, better known as Hard Knocks, is looking to relieve thrill-seekers and party-goers of their "Hard Knock Life" through his energetic, crazy, and uplifting Dj'ing style. A New York native, Hard Knocks was raised in Yonkers and was immediately immersed in the music and entertainment scene. At the age of 13, Mike began working with a relative who made a name for themselves in the private events space. It was at this point that he got hooked by the art of Dj’ing and the seed for "Hard Knocks" had been planted. The energy that the music provides for the crowd was something Hard Knocks had to have control of: “watching how the people reacted to the music and how you could manipulate a crowd is what made me fall in love with Dj’ing."

DJ Hard Knocks performing

While in high school, Hard Knocks was developing and experimenting with his mixes and techniques at bars and other venues throughout New York. He would go to local EDM events in the city on the weekends to learn what it truly takes to be a professional in the business.  His passion and love for music and producing only grew throughout high school and while attending College in New Rochelle, New York. Upon graduation, Hard Knocks kicked things into high gear, moving everything aside to pursue Dj’ing. Now, having performed in multiple venues throughout Westchester and New York City, Hard Knocks has really taken his "hobby" and turned it into his passion. Taking inspiration from his idols, Avicii, Martin Garrix, Tiesto and others, Hard Knocks brings energy and vibes to create an experience that his listeners have never heard before. Live mixing EDM with today’s hits and creating remixes, Hard Knocks really produces some headbangers and absolute heat. He's been able to bring his music to notable spots in NYC including Cielo, Gilded Lily, and High Bar.

DJ Hard Knocks at Club

Hard Knocks also has some hits that are available on his Sound Cloud which is absolutely worth a follow. You should especially check-out and download his new edit, "Yummy", by Justin Bieber (HARD KNOCKS EDIT), it has really great taste (no pun intended).  You can also keep up with Hard Knocks on Instagram as well as his FacebookStay updated on Hard Knocks new projects by following him on all of his social media to see what his new releases and venues will be. We can't wait for that next drop!

 

Interested in booking? Contact Hard Knocks': email: djhardknockss@gmail.com or call/text: (914) 462-7858

 

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