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A professional musician, artist and director for 20 plus years. Mike has played many roles in many bands and projects and continues his prolific artistic ways to this day. He is best known as the bassist for the band The Bravery who has recently gotten back together for some festivals and will be releasing new music soon. Lately Mike has been painting more than ever mostly in acrylics and oils. His biggest influences are Van Gogh, Klimt, Picasso and Dr. Suess. He's got an insatiable thirst for creativity and though he's been at it for over two decades it seems he has just begun.
One of ones, and what makes them unique.
Tap ‘er Light Master
The Speculator Mining Disaster of 1917 was a watershed moment for labor rights and work safety in America. The song “Tap ‘er Light” was commissioned to be presented at the centennial memorial ceremony, overlooking Butte, Montana on June 8th, 2017. Descendants of those who lost their lives in the fire were in attendance. This song was a gift to the people of Butte, and a limited 12” 45rpm vinyl run was made by Quality Records, for purchase exclusively at Butte’s World Museum of Mining and Headframe Spirits in Butte. This is the original Side A Master from Chicago Mastering. The song was later used as part of Google’s AR/VR summit in San Francisco illustrating sonic excellence. I had developed a fascination with Butte after seeing a documentary of the town. I had enough songs for a full-length album… but ultimately decided that my first vinyl recording should be for a greater cause than a vanity project of my own pseudo-pop songs. I always loved the 12” 45 as a method for a single. It was extravagant, luxurious. I spent many days in my youth browsing my way through Tower Records finding rare one-offs from Siouxsie, the Sisters of Mercy, and others. This project remains the physical work I’m most proud of. Recorded at SnowGhost. Mastered by Chicago Mastering
Raymond E Burkhart
Rehearsal of the band 'WAVE'
During the mid-70's my band, 'Wave', had the opportunity to support Sonny Rollins on a mini-tour. During an afternoon rehearsal things got lose and our music took a tangent towards the unknown. In one photo, the bass player, myself, is looking slightly puzzled as we break for some guidance from the master. This photo was taken at Cornell College. All the rehearsals and concerts were extremely exciting and memorable. Musicians were Mike Whitely -Keyboards, Hugh Wright -Drums/Percussion, Ray Burkhart - Bass, Brian Harmon -Guitar
“We're the Leopards" feat. Gardenia and the Mighty Slug
Painting of Marc Bolan for a group show at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco. Oil on canvas 24”x 30” This painting is based off Bolan’s song ‘We’re the Leopards, feat. Gardenia and the Mighty Slug’ off the T. Rex album ‘Zinc Alloy and the Riders of Tomorrow’. It’s is a mostly nonsensical song about a street gang and it’s members and I’ve painted the title characters as literal representations (leopards, Gardenia, Mighty Slug, and for good measure a white swan). I added an Elvis tshirt because Marc wanted to be Elvis when he was young. He’s holding his Gibson Les Paul all glammy and set on an idealistic English country background. I love Marc Bolan for the fantasy and characters he brought to his music and performances and although he reached an incredible level of fame before he tragically died I still feel his influence on music to come goes under appreciated. Being invited to pick any subject to paint for the gallery show he was an easy choice.
Tera Melos Demo
the 2004 tera melos demos, listed as “some songs” on the back cover. we started the band in roseville, ca, practicing for about a year before we played our first show. we practiced in an old motel that was used as a rehearsal space for a handful of punk and metal bands. it was known as, “the whore house.” it’s previously life was a brothel. it was a busted up, run down building- smashed up toilets, piles of rubble, a stairway filled with garbage etc. scary stuff. the person who ran the building was this sketchy guy named mark. we were at the practice spot 4-5 days a week and he’d hear us play a lot. at some point he told us he had a studio downstairs and offered to record us. i believe it was a “$100 per song” kinda thing. when we had enough songs we booked a few days to record 4 songs. we recorded this instrumental demo with the intention of getting it to potential singers. it was absolutely not the intention of this recording to have it out in the world, as it was not an accurate representation of how we wanted our band to be perceived. the music was written and captured with future vocals in mind. we eventually started playing shows (instrumentally) and after months of searching for a singer we decided we needed something to sell on these diy tours we’d started booking. i haven’t listened to these songs since probably 2005. i think a lot of the riffs/parts were pilfered into other songs that would make up our untitled record.i still struggle with whether or not we should have released this demo, because it just helped to cement us into the “instrumental band” category that we were never interested in. but ya know, they all lived happily ever after or whatever. we made 200 of these. the sleeves are envelopes, cut in half and then photocopied onto. the cds were burned and then spray painted. official unofficial track listing (i think these were just the working, practice spot names): 7th Heaven Flowers Magical I Hate the 80’s
Expressing concepts in writing.
Notes, lyrics, doodles, signatures and numbered editions.
'Around You' Original Handwritten Lyrics From Songwriting Notebook
This is the original lyric page from my songwriting notebook for my single "Around You", my first song to hit 1,000,000 streams :) "Around You" is my soft pop singer-songwriter vibe encompassing the feelings of the beginning stages of love; when you're just happy to be around that person. I co-wrote it with my friend Myke who was in the same position I was in with my heart and my crush. The song wrote itself in a couple hours that day. It was included in a songwriter compilation album with the Los Angeles Songwriters Collective and produced by Wayne G. Miller (Christina Perri, Aluna George, Mike Posner) Written in 2017 with Myke Wilken North Hollywood, CA
"Loser Shoe" from "Throw Up"
Camden's visual EP entitled "Erosion", was shot in Norwich, England by British video director, Liam Painter. In the second track of the short film, "Throw Up", Camden slips on a puddle of spilled beer and is hurled into an imagined world of his inner demons. The bottom of his leather dress shoes reveal the word "Loser", an impromptu idea Camden had on set while filming the scene. The shoes were purchased in London, and the original lettering was written with a marker. Later, Camden retraced the lettering with paint due to wear from use in the music video.
So Well So Well by M.H. Wolf (Album Art)
I had brought my sketchbook with me on an adventure to Whitefish, MT. I was there playing a music festival and enjoying all that is Montana. After the band left I stuck around to help our producer mix our album, or rather I stayed to stand guard and make sure he mixed it. As long as I had my sketch book I was entertained and away I went. That session actually resulted in a few pieces that have gone on to inspire other works, and it resulted in an album cover. I used this sketch as the cover to a song I recently released under my band M.H. Wolf, "So Well So Well". Here it says Mike Hindert, as I actually originally released it as a Mike Hindert song, but then I realized I'm not ready to release music under my own name just yet, thank god for photoshop! This character here was actually inspired by my friend, though in the end they look nothing like each other, but he was the inspiration just the same. Of course this is my attempt at cubism, which is often my destination but rarely ends up being where I end up. This drawing I think blends the cubist and the cartoonish well. I tried turning it into a painting but as often does it turned into something completely different.
Modified, personal, and prototypical instruments.
We made this telephone microphone to try and get the sound of a telephone in a live setting (without filters or effects) and used it on the initial Desaparecidos tours in the early 2000s. It would sit on Ian's keyboard and so he would mainly use it, but any of us could come up and contribute those low-fi, slightly distorted vocals at any point. I believe the telephone itself was a thrift store find. We enlisted the help of my brother to help us get it running correctly. I had been going to our record label and hand making 1 inch buttons, so I took one of the pre cut papers and put in the face of telephone, to kind of help mark it as our own.
El Ten Eleven
Kristian’s broken, touring Whammy prdal
The Digitech XP100 Whammy Wah pedal was massively important to the origin of the ETE sound. It's the bending, keyboard-ish sound that comes in at about 0:23 in My Only Swerving. Kristian used this particular pedal on many tours roughly 2006-2009. As you can see by what is written on the back of it, he used it until it didn't work anymore! This pedal does turn on if plugged in, but doesn't work properly. It's a piece of touring music history.
Sixty Second Deluxe prototype with octave switching mod
This prototype was made to test an idea for more discrete octave switching of delay time. The production version of the Sixty Second Deluxe has a four octave range on the delay time knob and the ability to switch one discrete step by either octave or perfect fifth. I wanted to test whether a smaller variable range on the knob with more discrete steps (via the side mounted yellow knob) was more, or at least, also musically useful. It is!
S6L momentary event buttons
I am a live sound engineer, you always need more hands to mix live shows. The Avid Profile and now S6L has a General purpose input and output connection, problem was no one made and buttons or LEDs to get in and out of it, So i made them myself. It was around 2012, the first tour i used them on was Atoms for peace. The colors were due to what i could get from the supplier. They are LED lit with clear covers for labeling and easy to see/read in the dark. These buttons allow you to trigger events on the console, which can be anything you can think of. Mute FX, switch A/B inputs for backup vocal, load snapshots, tap tempo
JAM Pedals Delay Llama
Super lush and texture-filled delay pedal- lots of color and fullness... According to some of the goodies in the original box, Bill Frisell had it before me. Was hoping some of that mojo would come off at some point. Original markings are a bit hard to read with such a cool paintjob, dayglow green was a good way to get them to pop. This one was a good friend during the pandemic- getting lost in swirls of feedback proved to be good therapy. It can get craaaaaazyyyyyyyyy....