Usually classified as an “Outsider Artist-Musician” by my peers, I create mixed-media paintings, music, and other art. I like to write and perform what I sometimes refer to as “Prog-Punk Noise-Rock.” It is just bits of everything mixed together, actually. I collaborate with many other artists, often utilizing an unusual hybrid rig.
I play Bass, Baritone, and other Guitars / Electronic & Junkyard Percussion / Keyboards & Toys / Plunderphonics & Noise / Words & Vocalization.
I have always been into art and music, drawing, painting, playing with tape recorders and making lo-fi noise. I built my first guitar from a badly beaten-up body that I found in someone’s trash. A friend’s dad gave me the guts from an unknown 1950’s guitar. I got a decent bridge and tuners from a music store. Some other parts I improvised from scrap and junk. Used vinyl LPs make decent pick-guards if you can cut them right.
I was just a little runt of the Detroit Hardcore Punk/Heavy Metal scene back in the 1980’s. Lacking enough money to buy any decent gear, I purchased a cheap microphone at a pawn shop and passed myself off as a singer. I sang in whatever groups that I could find, to get some experience and learn what I could. Mostly, it was shitty cover bands, playing basements, getting yelled at by uninvited drunks that we suck. I later got into playing bass, as well as guitar. It turns out that I was a better bassist than a guitarist.
I played in many short-lived groups that went nowhere. I wrote for The Jam Rag, a widely-read local music paper while I was still a teenager. I made friends with other musicians and artists in the process. Princess Dragon-Mom, Mog Stunt Team, His Name Is Alive, and others kept me around as a cameraman/roadie for a couple of years. I had a few experimental / noise projects and collaborations with other people; Bionics, Edible Audio, Fresh Farm Raised Catfish, etc.
The Island of Misfit Noise began in the summer of 1998 with Mystic MarshaKat and I. We had both been members of N2-Submission, the S&M-themed backing band for The Impaler “Detroit’s Vampire Poet”. Our band’s name changed a few times. Many other musicians came and went over a period of 15 years, the two of us being the only constant members. She finally also left in early 2013. Then, the band ended.
I resurrected the group as a “virtual band” recording project in late 2014, with collaborators from across the globe. Exchanging music back-and-forth online until we had completed some songs, an EP was released. The style of music we make is very freeform, depending on the contributions put into it. It can range from very pop-sounding and accessible to extremely noisy and irritating. I am usually available when collaborators have expressed interest in recording the next album with me. Not sure when we are doing it again yet.
I have been in a few short-lived groups with others from the Island of Misfit Noise, such as The Riverviews and Fisheads. Some of them are experienced in film and television and are working toward producing a low-budget Island of Misfit Noise movie with me. It is likely to be a no-budget sci-fi sort of thing.
- Mike Damn Nobody is the moniker of my solo harsh noise project, in the vein of artists like Merzbow, Masonna, Solmania, Hanatarash, C.C.C.C., MSBR, Incapacitants, Evil Moisture, The Haters, and many others. I might book some shows doing this again, eventually
- Thee Urban SpaceCat (RecycleTape Cassette-Zine) is an upcoming publication of art, music, commentary, found objects, and almost anything else packaged with a tape and other extras. It is very much like the letters & packages that I have sent to pen-pals for decades, but in a zine format. It is being offered as a premium to my subscribers on Bandcamp or as single limited edition issues.
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