"Gypsy meets rock and crashes a classical party, discovering jazz out the back enjoying a funny cigarette." - N.Z Musician Magazine.
DISCOGRAPHY: 2015: Acousticus Phantasticus 2014: Moxham Swing Bella Cajon 2013: Punch The Sky The Wagtails. 2012 Tales from the Beautiful Box Bella Cajon 2008:'You Are' (solo). 2007: In the Night, all the Cats are Grey (Mike's compositions w/ 6 piece band)
Mike began playing music in 1993, inspired by bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden. Shortly afterwards he began receiving classical guitar lessons from Simon Harper and soon grew proficient. At the age of 16 he began performing at weddings, initially at his music teacher's wedding. He also began to give guitar lessons at this time.
He moved to Wellington in 2001 to study at Jazz school (Massey Conservatorium of Music. Since then, his journey has led him to focus largely on folk musics: celtic; gypsy-jazz; flamenco; balkan, cumbia and more. After studying flamenco guitar in Spain, and with further study in New Zealand, Mike became fluent in Spanish. His love of Spanish & Latin American music and culture continues to influence his music, as do other world musics.
All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song - Louis Armstrong.
2015 - present: Composing and performing with Phantasticus, Bella Cajon, and Cumbia Blazera.
2014: Lived in Spain for a year, based mostly in Barcelona. Studied flamenco guitar in Granada
2009 - 2013: Performing and recording regularly with Bella Cajon and The Wagtails.
2008: Trained as a teacher, and subsequently began teaching at Wellington High School.
2007: Produced another Fringe Festival show entitled 'In the Night all the Cats are Grey', the music from which was then recorded and released.
2006: Travel (Europe and Asia). Began writing 'singer-songwriter' songs while travelling.
2005: Moved to Melbourne, forming 'Mon Petite Chou' with cellist Francesca Mountfort. in addition to regular performances in Melbourne, this ensemble toured New Zealand in the summer of 2006, with highlights including a performance at the 'Gardens Magic'.
2003: Expanded into multimedia, producing the successful Fringe Festival show '2+2=5', featuring live music interspersed with theatre and original film. This ran for 5 nights and was popular with the public and with critics.
2001: Moved to Wellington to study at the Massey University Conservatorium of Jazz. Began performing regularly with bands such as Circus Machine, Paper Tigerand Banias.