Peter Michael Downes


Vocalist, Vocalist - Soprano, Drums, Other Percussion, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano.


Covid is over and Hyper Jive is ready to begin a new chapter The Children of Gaia album is still in the works, but we're re-focusing our energy towards creating new content with new people. Yorg (://.bandmix/yorg) and I are primarily looking for a drummer, but we are considering extending the band in other roles as well. We're planning on writing and recording new material. And producing videos to support the material. If something gets legs, perform it live. Common elements that will be possessed by anyone interested in collaborating with us will be 1) An adventurous and colorful personality 2) An eagerness to be creative on more than one level, starting with music. Ideally that would include being in front of a camera, but might also include web development, video or audio production, graphic design or animation 3) Mature sensibilities and an eagerness to contribute to a great team.

Yorg’s profile has been pasted in above. My previous experience is detailed below:

cinnamonjack at y-a-h-o-o dot com
Peter Michael Downes
Objective: To join with new musicians who are accomplished, have mature egos and sensibilities, and want to create music and video that appeals to a large audience, both through performance and media production.
Experience and Accolades
2019 to Present
- Music video for Lansing, MI goes viral and Lansing City Pulse publishes the article “Meet The Man Behind Lansing Weirdest Music Video”.
2018 – present Hotel Gouda Roselle, IL
2016 – present Hyper Jive Roselle, IL
2010 – 2015 Moon Dragon Roselle, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Released two Full-length CDs “Moon Dragon” (2012) and the “In Cod We Trust” (2014).
- Produced Moon Dragon movie and music video.
2002 – 2009 God Wafer Chicago, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Released two Full-length CDs “Music for Heathens” (2005) and the “The Host with the Most” (2003).
- Received stellar review from Michael O’Cull of the Illinois Entertainer
- Licensed three songs to the Discovery Channel series “Urban Explorers”
- Performed at Peace Fest 2 years in a row (2004 – 2005).
2007 - 2008 Woody Wagon Chicago, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Performed numerous all-improv performances (music and lyrics) at the Gallery Cabaret and Weed’s. Did professional recordings and video-taped from multiple vantage points.
- Used Final Cut Pro to combine mastered mixdowns with the video imports to create professional A/V productions.
1999 - 2002 Kentucky Jelly Chicago, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Released three full-length CDs “Milk of Amnesia” (2009), “Heavebucket” (2003), and “Cold-fusion Winniebago” (1999).
- New Dude Parlor (from Cold Fusion Winniebago) featured on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic.
- Opening Friday Night performance at Chicago’s Double Door for Pere Ubu (2000)
1996 - 2001 Hit Machine Chicago, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Fronted 70’s tribute band performing countless club, casino, festival, and corporate events.
- Performed 1999 New Year’s Eve show at the North Beach Bar for over 2000 people.
- Effectively managed 1st line band members and their substitutes.
1993–1997 Food Chain Chicago, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Performed Freefest on Chicago’s Cricket Hill 3 years in row (1994 – 1996)
- Invited to participate on Freefest selection committee (1995)
- Included on Chicago compilation CD “Wrong Side of the Tracks” (1994)
- Released full length CD “Live at the Loft” (1996)
1996-2000 Bigger Than Huge Studios Chicago, IL
Sole Proprietor: Engineer & Producer
- Built state-of-the-art music recording studio.
- Developed business plan to compete successfully in the Chicago market.
- Recorded albums for more than 50 area artists.
- Provided Sound Production Services for Music Clients.
- Produced soundtrack material for Discovery Channel series Urban Explorers.
Education 1983–1989 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
- B.S., Employment Relations, Anthropology, and Psychology.
Interests Running, weight lifting, biking, fishing, camping, computers.

Screen name:
Peter Michael Downes
Member since:
Jun 28 2009
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:


Talking Heads, King Crimson, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Tom Waits, Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Adrian Belew, Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel, Royal Fingerbowl.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist - Baritone:
Rhythm Guitar:
Lead Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:
Other Percussion:


PRS CE24, Gretsch 6120, Epiphone Riviera, Godin Artisan, Les Paul Deluxe, Stratocaster, Fractal Ax8, TC Helicon comprise my main performing rig. I also have a complete Recording Studio capable of producing professional audio and video (Digital Performer, Final Cut Pro, Tascam DM-24, Presonus Firestudio, D-112, E-200, C-1000, 57s).