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Hey. I'm Mike. Putting two and two together, I assume you came to this part of my website to read more about me...

 

Well...
 

I was born in 1985 (you do the math), I have lived all over the place, but I consider Virginia home. I am a geek about many things, but I am certainly a Trekkie at my core. I love to research things. As for music, I yearn for it. Specifically, my passion is to compose and produce music. Also, I love a good cup o' joe. Also good beer. I have a love/hate relationship with money. Also, I enjoy making spreadsheets. I'd be happy with very little. I love jazz, but I do not consider myself a jazz musician. I appreciate beauty. Black and white photography. And old movies. I've constantly got a song or a groove or a beat going through my head. I like to work out and train my body. I'm severely addicted to memes and GIFs. I thirst for knowledge. Rock climbing. I am an Apple fan-boy since 2011 and haven’t looked back. I will be successful in whatever I do because I don't know how to accept anything less. I am a creator. I am a producer of many things. I like cold weather. I tend to be a hermit sometimes (I'm a solid INTJ). I care about people and I enjoy helping people. I love to teach. I believe in philosophy. I am who I am, and I love it. I am blunt and I am honest. I laugh and smile as much as a can. I enjoy life. I make opportunities. I believe things happen for a reason. I am a proud United States Marine.

 

I am very fortunate to have the family I have. We all support each other, whether it's my kids (Claire and Sam) subjected to me playing the piano or writing music constantly, or my wife, Bethany, keeping me honest about how I should be growing my social media footprint or reminding me to take breaks now and then. Love you guys.

...my stoicism is better than your stoicism...

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Whew. Now. Business...

 

I have been composing, arranging, and mixing audio professionally for about 15 years now. I have written music from woodwind quintets to brass bands to orchestras to electronic. My time in the military has given me the opportunity to really exercise my creative muscle for all these different ensembles. It keeps me writing. I just love composing and producing music. My end-goal, however, is to compose music for film, TV, and videogames. One of my default playlists on Spotify is listening to soundtracks from big names like Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Alan Silvestri, Michael Giacchino, John Williams, and then there are dudes, who up until a several years ago, I had never heard of like Marco Beltrami, Bear McCreary, Paul Haslinger, John Ottman, and Brian Tyler, but are also powerhouses in their own right. All of these films, TV, and video game composers have inspired me as a composer and it is definably reflected in my writing style. 

 

On that same token, I've recorded and mixed everything from soloists to wind bands. It is definitely one of my loves. The idea of capturing audio is a feeling unmatched by much else; really getting into the nitty-gritty about breaking down a recording session and building it back, piece-by-piece never gets old. Each mix presents its own unique challenges in which I, as the engineer, needs to solve. Only recently I've begun experimenting with different colors and textures from the electronic side - and it's really cool to try to create a sound no one has ever heard before. But alas, therein lies my challenge. 

 

That being said, in the meantime, I'm working on a couple of different albums (just released my first album "Divergence" in August 2020), writing for a host of small and large ensembles, delving deeper into the electronic soundscapes. I will continue to hone my skills and bide my time until preparation inevitably meets opportunity, and my vision will become a reality.

...join me on my journey through music...

At some point...this will be a discussion about what equipment I use for music production...probably...maybe...

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