guitar, Vocals, Music Production
In The Studio
Mike has composed, produced , and recorded on endless numbers of tracks. From music featured on Netflix's "Umbrella Academy" to composing and recording loops and samples for Drums On Demand: Band on Demand Song Construction Toolkit software; from viral, multi-million-view Youtube music videos in Metal, Country, Praise and Worship, and even a Star Wars Rap Battle...to minus tracks for broadway musicals used in community and school theaters across the U.S., Mike's musical fingerprint is all over the place.
Many of Mike's recordings are self-produced and engineered from his own project studio, but Mike has also collaborated with industry greats. While producing, Mike has worked with Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek & solo artist), Val McCallum (Jackson Browne), Greg Leisz (Jackson Browne), Mai Leisz (David Crosby), Joel Tepp (Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Garcia, Little Feat), Ryan Shupe (Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band), Iris Dement, Cliff Eberhardt and more.
As a session player, Mike's guitars have appeared on recordings alongside all of the above listed musicians and also notables such as Lindsey Stirling, Scot Alexander (Dishwalla), Joel Stevenett (Twisted Metal, Dance Revolution, etc.), Jay Lawrence (Cher, Sammy Davis Jr., etc) and many more. Mike has also recorded with notable Producers such as Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors etc.), Cliff Maag (Barbara Streisand, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Chris LeDoux, etc), Dave Zimmerman (Gentri, etc) and more.
Mike has toured the world performing at special events for myriad top-tier clients such as Nike, Mass Mutual, Bain Capital, Time Warner, Adobe, Microsoft, Canon, and many others. Mike has performed on stage with a parade of amazing musicians, trading licks with players like: Chris Slade (formerly ACDC), Gregg Bissonette (of Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth, etc), Andrew Tolman (formerly Imagine Dragons), Steve Augeri (formerly Journey), Bogie Bowles (of Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) and many other giants known and unknown. Mike has also performed in opening acts for Imagine Dragons, Brad Paisley, Neon Trees, Tim McGraw, Harry Connick Jr., Dierks Bentley, The Beach Boys, One Republic, Goo Goo Dolls, David Archuleta, Colt Ford, Joe Diffie, Brian McKnight, Diamond Rio, Sawyer Brown, Scotty McCreery, Chris Cagle, Jo Dee Messina, Emerson Drive, Asleep at the Wheel, Black Hawk, Restless Heart, Little Texas, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Dunn, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Darius Rucker, Tracey Lawrence, Phil Vassar, America, Gretchen Wilson, Chevy Metal, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, and others.
Learning and Teaching
Mike holds a Bachelor's Degree in Media Music with emphases in Songwriting/Music Production and Guitar Performance from Brigham Young University. The program included intensive coursework in music production and recording techniques, songwriting craft, arranging for various instruments, record clone projects (deep analysis of classic recordings and use of all available tools and techniques to reproduce the tones and spirit of the original), projects using virtual instruments, sampling, multiple DAWS/MIDI editors and much more. As part of his coursework Mike completed a Music Production Internship with Ryan Staples (then at Gription Audio, later house engineer at East West Studios) and studied Jazz and Classical guitar performance under Lawrence Green. While studying at BYU Mike was also employed by the university as a guitar teacher in lower division guitar courses for the general student body and for students pursuing a Minor in Music. Prior to college, Mike studied guitar with acclaimed World Fusion recording artist and educator James Robinson, and with Daniel Roest (then President of South Bay Guitar Society and CA classical guitar legend).
Mike now has over 19 years of experience as a Guitar Instructor and Music educator and has taught hundreds and Hundreds of students in private lessons, school programs and masterclasses. Students of Mike's have graduated with music degrees, started recording studios, and become professional gigging guitarists and teachers themselves!