mike1251980
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SEEKING

Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Background Singer, Bagpipes, Banjo, Cello, Clarinet, DJ, Dobro, Drums, Electronic Music, Fiddle, Flute, Harmonica, Harp, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Other, Other Percussion, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Steel guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Violin, Vocalist, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.

ABOUT

I have been blessed over the years to share the stage with some of my favorite musicians, both on the local scene as well as major national tours. I am currently collaborating with a handful of talented original artists as a studio musician, co-writer and co-producer.

A list of bands/artists I have been fortunate to perform with are:
Blues Traveler, George Clinton, G-Love and Special Sauce, Mayer Hawthorne, Tristan Prettyman, Christina Milian, Queen Latifah (performing as Dana Owens), Demi Lovato, Corey Glover and Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Paul Pesco (Hall & Oates, Madonna), Daru Jones (Talib Kweli, Jack White), Robert Randolph, CHOPS Horns (Sugar Hill Gang), Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram, JT Taylor (Kool & the Gang), Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Scott Healy (Conan O'Brien), Trombone Shorty, Matt Nathanson

Jazz: Jimmy Scott, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Greene, Bill Watrous

I continue to look for other musicians and acts to collaborate with, and am open to any and all suggestions. Music is my passion in addition to my livelihood...which provides me the best of both worlds. Life is too short to do something you can't put your heart into!

Screen name:
mike1251980
Member since:
Dec 18 2017
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Touring
Years playing music:
35
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

I have WAY too many influences to list here. Sure, I could name the common folks like Jaco, Verdine White, Nate Watts, Oteil Burbridge, Charles Mingus, etc etc; and those such as Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, etc. However, my influences are not limited to single artists, bands or even instruments. Often times, I can find inspiration from various 'life experiences' in general. In regards to musical influences though, I try to take specific elements of many artists' playing style that inspires me, and put them all together to create my own style. In other words, while I could emulate certain artists if I choose to...I'm more interested in finding my own voice.

Instrument experience:

Bass Guitar:
Expert
Keyboard:
Expert
Piano:
Expert
Upright bass:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

BASS GEAR:
Warwick Thumb NT
Yamaha TRB
Pedulla MVP
Aguilar AG700 amp
GK Neo 4x10 cab
....various effects pedals (if needed), and alternate speaker cabs as needed.

KEYBOARD GEAR:
Korg CX3 organ
Yamaha Motif XF7
....and various keyboard amps, depending on the requirements of the gig. I typically find that the built in sounds of my keyboards serve every gig with some minor
programming; however, I will utilize Mainstage for larger tour opportunities.

I also have a variety of studio microphones, monitors, and soft-synths; in addition to probably way too many 'toys' at my disposal...judging by the looks of my studio. (I have a hard time getting rid of gear!).