more than 150 songs to his credit,
his musical influence started with Nirvana and an old guitar his
mother gave him.
It wasn't as easy as he thought and on the verge of giving up
trying to play guitar, a high school friend taught him to play
'power chords', a simple technique, he says, it makes you look
like you're good and sound like you're good, without actually
being that good.
With renewed hope and ambition, Mike and Alex could be found
rocking out in Mike's parents' garage after school and every
spare minute, playing random songs. Mike would practice for
hours everyday until he finally was able to play and sing Smells
like teen spirit one of Nirvana's hits. He went on to play bass
guitar, keyboard and drums and started recording his own music.
He bought a TASCAM 4-track recorder (the kind that turns a
cassette tape into a 4-track) and recorded song after song after
song. He still thought his singing was less than amateur at best
but he didn't give up.
He obsessively wrote his own songs for the band to play. With
his confidence soaring, Mike played in several bands in high
school which were basically just regroupings of the same 10
friends over and over again. Each time one of us would quit or
rejoin, we would change the name he recalls with a grin.
Some of the bands he played with in high school were, "Enemy
dog", Products of Society, Tommy in Shorts and Anal combustion.
Mike recalls, I was always the singer/rhythm guitarist and
songwriter even though I clearly still did not know how to sing,
he laughs. But the guys thought I could so I kept doing it.
None of the bands that Mike joined in high school stayed
Mike recalls, If the lead guitarist was good, the drummer wasn't
and if the drummer was good, the bass guy wasn't. We just
couldn't seem to find the right players to make the right sound.
Mike learned very quickly that the bands he joined would come
and go like the common cold. That meant that songs came and went
with the owner of the song. Mike wanted to be able to play the
same songs regardless of who he played with in the band. Because
of that and the fact that he was the sole songwriter in most of
those bands, he learned to copyright his music with the library
of congress and kept writing songs on his own and then brought
them into each band he joined. When the band would break up, I
would take the songs with me because they were my own original
work and use them for the next band and the band and the, well,
you get the idea. He explained.
One of Mike's first gigs was to play "Sundae night live", (the
main event for the local high school's Drama performance ) with
his two friends and band members Oliver and Brian. Parents and
students had to buy a ticket to get in so, it was a huge
community event, Mike recalls. He and his band buddies would
rock the house and then everyone (including the band) scurried
out for scrumptious sundaes!
Mike and his best friend at the time, John Simmonds, also played
in a city-organized concert called, "Band Fest '97" at Hart
Park. It took a lot of convincing but he finally talked his
sister Amy into playing drums that day for the event. He went on
to play the Whiskey a Go-Go and some cozy cafes before taking a
break in 1996.
His newest CD titled Music of My
Youth was recorded during his fling with the band Project PS.
Check it out right here and grab an MP3 download or just listen.
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