Mike Caren is an American record producer, songwriter, and music executive. As of 2009, he was the executive vice president of A&R for Atlantic Records, and the co-president of Elektra Records.
After completing jobs with SRC/Loud Records and Ruthless Records, Caren started his career at Atlantic in 1995 at the age of seventeen as Manager of Rap Marketing for the label’s Big Beat imprint. He has since been responsible for signing numerous artists that have earned gold and platinum-selling records. His signings include: Trey Songz, T.I., Flo Rida, Cody Simpson, Trick Daddy, Twista, Trina, Wiz Khalifa, Juvenile, Prince Royce, and Brianna.
As a record producer and songwriter, he contributed to the production of T.I.’s Grammy Award-winning "Swagga Like Us", and produced Trick Daddy’s "Sugar (Gimme Some)" (gold), Cobra Starship’s Hot Mess (gold), Flo Rida’s "Jump" (gold), Bruno Mars’ "The Other Side", Kanye West’s "Hell of a Life", B.o.B’s "New York, New York," and Jennifer Lopez’s "Everybody’s Girl", among others. He is also credited with co-writing Flo Rida’s hit single, "Sugar", and David Guetta’s "Where Them Girls At".
In 2009, Caren established a boutique publishing company, Artist Publishing Group (APG), in association with Warner/Chappell Music. The company has placed songs with Madonna, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Flo Rida, Chris Brown, B.o.B, Enrique Iglesias, Sia, Toni Braxton, T-Pain, T.I., Keyshia Cole, Lupe Fiasco, Sean Kingston, Birdman, Chamillionaire and numerous television programs and films. APG has had more than twelve Top 40 Billboard hits to date.