Mike grew up surrounded by music in Nashville Tennessee in the late 60’s early 70’s, his dad, an Englishman from Eltham Kent had ended up getting involved in the early Traditional American Folk scene in the early 60’s. His mum or should that be Mom, a “Southern Belle” from Alabama married the old sod and before too long … well… there he was. With musicians turning up at the house all the time, and music leaking out of the most unlikely orifices, it was just a matter of time !
They moved to England in 1976 and a few years later Mike was playing the piano badly and having lessons with a scary double bass player from the womensTrinidadian military band. Well that was enough to make him give up, go buy an electric guitar and play it without an amp for a year,… boy was he shit ! Later when he got an amp the police would pop round and tell him to turn it down, it wasn’t long and he was wigging out to Hendrix \ Hawkwind \ Led Zep \ early ZZ top, old blues, trippy music, rock music, two tone… you know the score, ANYTHING BUT 80’s SHITE !!!!!!
Later he got a band together called the Purple Frizbeez that played and did well locally, but no one really understood what he wanted to do and the other band members didn’t really like him telling them (in no uncertain terms) what he wanted, get the picture… yep petulant git,… that’s right.
It wasn’t long before he realised that making music on his own, at home, would be a more successful idea, i.e., 100% input = 100% output, even if it did turn out to be rubbish it would only be his rubbish.
He endeavoured to buy a computer and teach himself how to run it, writing with midi etc. Previously a very acoustically minded musician he found it an enjoyable struggle to get more organic with the digital restrictions a good quality studio puts the budget beginner in, even these days.
He prides himself in his mixing which considering the very restricted system he had is “top bloody hole”.
This year, he have mostly been influenced by “Mezzanine” by Massive Attack.
He’s made it my goal to produce a finished product in the shape of a CD every now and then, to give him a focus, this one “The Last Songs On Earth” took a whole year and he threw out a lot of material that had taken months to finish for three tracks that he put together in the space of a week, sometimes it’s important to gather in and display that spontaneity that sequencing often irons out of arrangement and mix,… methinks.
A little while ago an underground label from London “Digidub” seemed interested but he won’t be holding his breath, He’ll just do what he does… make music.
Mike gives thanks to Mick and David at Sanctuary, and big up the whole Sussex Posse. Jah liveth itinually in the hearts of all men, until such time, SELAH.
Influence list in order of god \ goddess like status. NICK DRAKE \ JIMI HENDRIX \ U-ROY \ LEE SCRATCH PERRY \ AUGUSTUS PABLO \ MASSIVE ATTACK \ TOM WAITS \ VAN MORRISON \ KING TUBBY \ SCIENTIST \ MAD PROFESSOR \ RAS MICHAEL AND THE SONS OF NEGUS \ THE CONGOES \ FOO FIGHTERS \ STEVE VAI \ FRANK ZAPPA \ CAPTAIN BEEFHART \ THE BAND \ J.J. CALE \ HANK THOMPSON \ HANK WILLIAMS \ CHEMICAL BROS. \ BRIAN ENO \ HAROLD BUDD \ PHILLIP GLASS \ INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC \ BOTHY BAND \ JONI MITCHELL \ DONOVAN \ EDITH PIAF \ SHEILA CHANDRA \ SANTANA \ … JUST BLOODY F**K LOADS REALLY !
EQUIPMENT LIST MACKIE 16 INTO 4 VLZ MIXING DESK \ ALESIS QSR SOUND MODULE \ DIGITECH STUDIO QUADRAVERB \ AIWA D.A.T. MACHINE \ SONY MRZ RECORDABLE MINDISC \ 486 PC. DX4100 PROCESSOR, 8 MEG OF RAM 540 MEG HARD DRIVE… IT’S A MIRACLE AIN’T IT. \ ROLAND AXIS CONTROL KEYBOARD \ AWE 32 SOUNDCARD \ SURE SM58 MIC.\ DIGITAL MIC’S FOR THE MINIDISC. \ FENDER TELE SQUIRE \ YAMAHA DB50 DAUGHTERBOARD \ IBANEZ ROADSTER (EARLY TO MID 70’s) \ LEVIN JUMBO BODY ACOUSTIC \ LAPTOP STEEL GUITAR (CUSTOM MADE BY MY DAD) \ MANDOLA (CUSTOM MADE AGAIN MADE BY MIKES OLD MAN) \ TIN WHISTLE \ KAZOO \ OLD PLASTIC THING THAT LOOKS LIKE A MICROPHONE.