House Shoes

Michael Buchanan, better known as House Shoes, is an American Detroit-born hip hop producer and DJ, who lives and works in Los Angeles, California.[1] He served as a producer on albums by Phat Kat, Proof, Elzhi, Pumpkinhead, Marv Won, J Dilla, Danny Brown, and Quelle Chris among others.[2] He is a three-time Detroit Music Awards winner for Outstanding Hip-Hop DJ (from 2005 to 2007).

DJ House Shoes
House Shoes in 2016
House Shoes in 2016
Background information
Birth nameMichael Buchanan
Also known as
  • HouseShoes
  • Smokey The Cat
BornLathrup Village, Michigan, US
OriginLos Angeles, California, US
  • Producer
  • DJ
Years active1994–present
  • House Shoes Recordings
  • Tres Records
  • Fat Beats
  • Street Corner Music
Associated acts


Buchanan grew up in Lathrup Village. He went to Southfield-Lathrup High School and Eastern Michigan University.[3]

He was a resident deejay at the hip hop staple St. Andrews Hall from 1994–2004. He worked at a number of record stores, including Melodies & Memories, Street Corner Music[4] and later also worked as a manager for Fat Beats.[5]

As a DJ, Buchanan has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with artists Guilty Simpson, Illa J, Exile, Aloe Blacc, Percee P, Phat Kat, Slum Village and Elzhi, to name a few, as well as on his own. But he has garnered the respect of acts far outside the scope of Detroit hip-hop. Most recently, Buchanan performed as tour DJ on Mayer Hawthorne & The County's Spring 2010 16-city headlining tour.[6]

House Shoes founded Street Corner Music in 2013.[7][8]


Studio albumsEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

  • The House Shoes Collection Vol.1 : I Got Next (2004)
  • House Shoes & Street Corner Music Present: The Gift Vol. 7 (2015)
  • The Makings (2016)

Extended playsEdit

  • Do-Over Vol. 1 10", (2010) w/ Flying Lotus
  • Los Angeles 4/10 10", (2010) w/ Jordan Rockswell
  • Crown Nation EP, (2011) w/ Quelle Chris
  • The Time EP, (2012)

Instrumental albumsEdit

  • Let It Go Instrumentals (2012)


  • The King James Version: Chapter 1, Verses 1–5 (2009)

Hosted & unsortedEdit

  • Jay Dee Unreleased, 1997
  • ElzhiOut Of Focus EP, 1998
  • Phat Kat - Dedication To The Suckers 12", 1999
  • Loungin' Vol. 1 : Live at the Buddha Lounge, 2005
  • NowOn – Don't Call It A Mixtape w/ Haircut aka Mayer Hawthorne, 2008
  • J1's Starship 27 Volume 2 (compilation): Castles, 2011
  • Behind Closed Doors 45: Purist, 2012

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2005 Himself Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Outstanding Hip-Hop DJ Won
2006 Won
2007 Won [9]


  1. ^ Cunningham, Jonathan. "It's gotta be the shoes". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  2. ^ "House Shoes". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  3. ^ "He's got next". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  4. ^ "House Shoes | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  5. ^ "Fat Beats: The End Of A Hip-Hop Era". Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  6. ^ "House Shoes". Time Out. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^ "2007 WINNERS". Detroit Music Awards. Retrieved June 5, 2020.

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