I started in this business at the age of 12, working my first gig on New Year’s Eve for friends of my parents. I made the princely sum of $20, plus an additional $6 in tips. In fact, I still have that original $26 payout to remind me of when I started. By age 15, I had my own oldies show on a local South Coast radio station. Before I was old enough to drive, I found myself working as a deejay at a restaurant, a roller skating rink, and various private functions. I remember often reflecting on how truly lucky I was to be able to have a career doing something I loved – playing music and entertaining. I found it such a thrill to be a part of people laughing, smiling, dancing, and having a good time. Thirty years later, I still have the same respect, passion, and love for this wonderful business.
My music library continues to grow, with over 40,000 songs now available. I am able to provide music from a wide variety of genres, including light dinner/background music (classical, piano, easy listening, soft rock, and smooth jazz), tastefully chosen and played at an appropriate volume so that guests may engage in conversation. We can also accommodate other tastes including music from the big band era, country and western music – both traditional and modern – oldies but goodies (featuring one of the largest collections in New England), all-time dance classics of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, current Top 40 hits, and much more.
I do not “farm” out my work or hire other disc jockeys to work for me. When you hire Mike’s Music Machine, you get Mike Bollea. For me, it’s a quality control issue. I strongly believe that this is the best way I can guarantee the results a client requests and deserves. Mike’s Music Machine is unique. With our focus set squarely on professionalism, personality, and that personal touch that dresses up every occasion, we draw on four decades of experience to create a comfortable, pleasant, and fun atmosphere.
Through the years, I have been honored to provide musical entertainment for thousands of shows and clients and have had the good fortune to work with a variety of artists including Tony Orlando, Herb Reed and the Platters, Joey Dee and The Starliters among others. For the past eight years, I’ve had the opportunity to perform at various public and private functions for one of New England’s largest casino properties. Make no mistake about it, though, Mike’s Music Machine can tailor the program to your event regardless of venue or crowd size. I have provided music for over 1,500 weddings, and countless anniversary celebrations, class reunions, birthday parties, car hops, and other events at hundreds of function halls and night clubs throughout New England. It never gets old, and I’m always looking forward to the next engagement!