Meet the Members: Mike James

First up will be yours truly:

My name is Mike James, that’s me lookin’ like a fool on stage.  I’ve been a musician for as long as I can remember, it’s just something that I sort of inherited and have always loved doing.  I started recording around my freshmen year in high school, and needless to say, without any help I was no good at recording for a long time.  The good thing is, while I was really pretty bad, I thought I was pretty good, which is what kept me going, and now most tend to think I’m alright.

Most of my music has focused around the guitar, but you’ll hear me playing a lot of  other instruments from time to time, like the mandolin, the piano, even the occasional violin.  I consider myself a musician of strings all shapes and sizes.  Once you really learn one string instrument, the rest tend to come naturally.

I’ve done most of the work for Been to the Gallows (vocals, guitar, other instruments, & editing), In a way Been to the Gallows has been my own little project, but that’s not to say I haven’t had some help along the way.  I’m also the lead guitarist and vocalist for Flastic Plamingos, I’m the guitarist from Tyrantulasaurus and it’s predecessor, Abyssal Winds. I also help out with a lot of other musicians with recording and writing.

My main influences have been The White Stripes, The Black Keys, The Cold War Kids, Ben Folds, Who’da thought: Marvin Gaye, and of course who could forget Zeppelin & Floyd.

Check back later for other members of Tyrantulasaurus and Flastic Plamingos.  Believe me The best will be last.

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