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Mike E.T.

Mike E.T.

Discography
1998 – Bliss(This) – Chasing the Mad Rabbit
2004 – CrimsonFaced – Captain Freak
2005 – The Alien Mike E.T. – The Furious Guitar
2009 – CrimsonFaced – Lunatic Binge
Coming 2011 – The Alien Mike E.T. - Psychobabble

Hi Mike, how are you?
AWESOME!

Which instruments do you play?
Vocals, Guitars, Keys, Bass, Drum Programming. What made you decide to be a solo artist and not want to be in a band?
Oh geez, band politics. I got tired of butting heads with everyone. I like things my way...

Do you work with the same musicians when recording as you do when performing live?
Recording wise – It’s ONLY me. Live I use friends...

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
Imagine, what if Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, King Crimson, Ozzy, Sabbath, Nirvana, The Beatles, Zeppelin, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Stone Temple Pilots, Steve Vai, Beethoven, My Chemical Romance, Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa were all thrown into a blender with some Tequila and strawberries... Then add a bong hit or two... That just BEGINS to tell the story... Hold on to your hats because the roller coaster is going off the tracks...

What have you been up to recently?
I am recording my new The Alien Mike E.T. CD – Psychobabble which should be out early 2011. I also contribute songs or music for lots of B-movies that are coming out or already out.

What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
More of music in movies. The new Alien Mike E.T. CD> And then back for more CrimsonFaced. 

Did you always want to be in a musician/singer when younger?
When I was 8 my mom got me the Red and Blue Best of Beatles records. Ever since that day. Lennon made me want to be a musician. Ozzy’s first guitarist Randy Rhoads made me want to become a guitar virtuoso.

What music did you listen to while growing up?
Good so much. Started with The Monkees and The Beatles. Then to like Cheap Trick, Aerosmith. On to my Yes, ELP, King Crimson, Genesis phase. Back to Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy, Van Halen. Then on to Miles and Coltrane. Then McLaughlin, Holdsworth, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Beethoven Stravinsky, Zappa.

How long have you played your instruments?
Piano – started at 8 years old
Guitar – started at 9 years old.

What is your current equipment?
Fender, Carvin, Steinberger and Ovation Guitars.
Steinberger Bass
Korg Triton LE Music Workstation.
Dell PC
Focusrite Trakmaster Pro
AKG Mic
Pro Tools M-Box

Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?
Mostly self-taught with some lessons.

If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
Parker Fly, Schecter, Steinberger Guitars
Full blown Pro Tools HD Studio
Mesa/Boogie Amps

Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
Yes.

Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
Depends on the track.

Which software/recording process do you use?
Pro Tools.

Would you sign with a major record company?

Hmmmm, really not sure at this point. Maybe?

Mike E.T.

Do you have any new recordings planned?
Yup.
The Alien Mike E.T. – Psychobabble.
Then a new CrimsonFaced

How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
I do all of it.

Is the production side of things something you’d like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
Interesting, yes I probably would if I found someone that intriqued me.

Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
Yes and yes!!!

Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
Well doing it all solo I guess I can’t get a live sound. I do think they should be different experiences!

Do you have any favourite tracks on your album?
CrimsonFaced – Pretty People
The Alien Mike E.T. – Glass Wind

Do you write songs/tracks only about personal experiences?
Oh yes.

Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
Mostly easy with the really bad day thrown in there on occaion.

Is there anyone who you would like to collaborate with on writing songs or performing?
Steve Vai

Who are your favourite songwriters?
John Lennon. John McLaughlin. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails).

Which countries have you gigged in?
Just the U.S.

Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?
All of Europe!

Do you use any websites like ‘Reverbnation’ or ‘Soundclick’?
Yes to both!

Do you think such sites and the internet are good tools for independent and unsigned artists?
Absolutley.
 
How do you relax?
Meditation

What else do you do apart from being a singer/songwriter?
There is something else to do?

Would you like to be a full time working musician or are you happy with things as they are?
Well I am so close to being full time. I think it will happen in the most 2 years time.

Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?
YES!

Filmography:

1. Divine Unrest (2008), composer - Sex Song - The Naughty Mix, Apology - The Sorry Mix, Crazy.(Directed by David Dietrich)

2. Nefarious (2008), composer - Pretty People. (Directed by Terri Albert)

3. These Walls (coming in 2010), composer - Scared, These Walls, Sick, Infected. (Directed by Ty King)

4. Marilyn's Self Seduction, (2009), composer - Blameless. (Directed by Tone Atlas)

5. Slay Angels (episode 4) , (2009), composer - Emotion Twice Removed. (Sam L. Siragusa, Producer/Editor, Barbara Siragusa, co-producer)

6. Harley Fire Live! Radio Theme, (2009), composer, voiceover, Harley Fire Radio Spots. (Host - Harley Fire)

7. Control Tower, (2009), composer - Pretty People. (Studio - Different Dreamer Films)

8. Unvanilla Radio Theme and Spots, (2009), composer, voiceover, Unvanilla Radio Spots on LA Talk Radio. (Hosts - Harley Fire and Baadmaster)

9. Natural Demise, (2010), composer, Pretty People. (Directed by Richard Ryan - Ox Films)

10. Cahuenga Pass, (2010), composer, Wrong, Infected, Tame 1, Erotic 1 & 2, (Directed by Christopher Golon)

11. MapAd.com Promotional Video, (2010), composer, background music.

12. Space Bong Beach Babes, (2010), composer, Glass Wind, The Displacement of Time. (Directed by Snoopy Green)

13. By Love and Art Scarred, (2010), composer, (Directed by James Cassano)

Is there anything you'd like to add?
Just a serious THANKS FOR ASKING! And all you need to know about me you can find at
http://www.miketrapp.com

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