Usually classified as an “Outsider Artist-Musician” by my peers, I create mixed-media paintings, music, and other art. I write, record, and perform what I sometimes refer to as “Prog-Punk Noise-Rock.” But, it is really just bits of everything mixed together.
I play Bass, Baritone, and other Guitars / Electronic & Junkyard Percussion / Keyboards & Toys / Plunderphonics & Noise / Vocals & More. Often utilizing an unusual bass + guitar + vocal + sampling hybrid rig, I also do collaborations from time to time.
The Island of Misfit Noise began as a live band in the summer of 1998 when my girlfriend and I left N2-Submission, backing band for The Impaler “Detroit’s Vampire Poet”. Many other musicians came and went over a period of 15 years, before she finally also left in early 2013, and the band ended.
I resurrected the group as a “virtual band” recording project in late 2014, with many collaborators across the globe. Exchanging music back-and-forth online until we had completed some songs, an EP was recently released this past month. The style of music we make is very freeform, depending on the contributions put into it. It can be very pop-sounding and accessible or extremely noisy and irritating. Collaborators in Minneapolis (Minnesota), Melbourne (Australia), and the Detroit Metro area have expressed interest in recording the next album with me.
- I have jammed in some other live groups, such as Fisheads and The Riverviews, with other participants from the Island of Misfit Noise.
- Some of them are experienced in film and television and are working toward producing a low-budget Island of Misfit Noise movie with me.
- 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.
- 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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