Mike Vitale is a douchebag.
We write our own stories—and when I say write, I don't just mean in the literal sense, as with pen and parchment, or with click-click-clickety-clack strokes on a keyboard. Nope. I mean we write our own stories by living life—and at this very moment, my existence is plagued from spending way too many hours trying to write a bio about myself in third-person narrative.
Between you and I, that is no way for a Mike Vitale to live its life. I mean, I'm the authority on Mike Vitale's. I've spent a lifetime observing me in my natural habitat, and I am miserable right now writing this. Need proof?
You see that picture? I look happy. You want to know why? I wasn't writing a Mike Vitale Bio.
There have been an absurd amount of highlights on this text, followed by a swift and unrelenting execution on the chopping block of my delete key. Make no mistake. Many innocent words have died in this Mike Vitale Bio. I'm savage when it comes to me talking about myself in third-person.
I keep trying to remind myself that all good stories start with a sentence. It could be any sentence. It could have been: Mike Vitale is a singer/songwriter based out of Los Angeles, CA—but that seemed super boring, so it was relegated to the lowly position of 17th place in this Mike Vitale Bio. That doesn't even get a medal at The Olympics, let alone a small trophy at a Karate competition. Ralph Macchio and Chuck Norris wouldn't be happy with 17th place, and neither am I, damnit! That first sentence could have also been this: Mike Vitale is a douchebag. In fact, hold on a second. Nope. Doesn't work with the other paragraph, it's slightly crass, and it puts in me in a bad light, especially if that light were shining through a transparent bag of douche, on me. Too bad. It stays. I wasn't joking. I want my trophy.
I'm kicking and punching my way through this damn Mike Vitale thing and then I'm getting back to work on my new album as well as some new Youtube videos for my channel. And then I'm going to go out and perform these new songs all over the place for people who want to listen to them. Nothing makes me happier. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Don't get the wrong idea about me. I like to talk about myself—and I love telling stories about my life (EXHIBIT A: check out my blog here). I've got a great one about nearly burning down my parents' house when I was a little kid. My issue? Writing about myself in third person feels ridiculous.
Why third person? I'm happy to pretend you asked! Three words: search engine optimization.
Mike Vitale is a singer/songwriter based out of Los Angeles, CA. He has spent years performing at local and regional venues, coffeeshops, bars, restaurants, resorts, hotels, shopping centers, street corners, corporate events, private parties, record stores, colleges, and universities. His first official release was a full length acoustic album recorded on a shoe-string budget, called Idiosyncrasies, in 2007. He toured the west coast, the midwest, and sporadic shows along the east coast in support of this first release.
In 2012, he funded his second album using the crowdsourcing platform, Kickstarter. His desire was to fulfill a life long dream of recording his songs with a band.
The subsequent release was simply titled Mike Vitale, and features 6 of Mike’s songs, which he produced with the help of musical friends from all over Southern California including Frank Reina (drums and engineering), Brad Cummings (bass), Jon Lacroix (keys), Johnny Gomez (electric guitar), Cory Clark (electric guitar), Justin Burrow (electric guitar), Brett Bixby (keys), Anthony Gonzalez (Percussion), Bryan Lynch (drums), Robbie Gullage (bass).
The album was released digitally and on compact disc in 2014 at The Constellation Room in Santa Ana, California. Mike Vitale set up his own tours along the west coast playing wineries, venues, bars, and colleges in support of this self-titled effort.
In 2015, Mike released an americana tune entitled Running Away From Home and exclusively made it available for purchase on Bandcamp. All proceeds from the song were donated to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Research Foundation as a one-year-long campaign to raise money for Parkinson's Research.
The song is a story about him running away from home in order to become a werewolf, when he was in Elementary School, after seeing the movie “Teen Wolf” starring Michael J. Fox. On July 20th 2017, Mike Vitale re-released "Running Away From Home" on all streaming services such Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. The single was also made available for purchase on all major digital distribution websites including Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Music, and the like.
Mike released a new collection of acoustic songs in 2018 entitled EMPTY CIRCLE. He also plans to release several full band arrangements of his songs, as singles, the first of which called THE JUNGLE on May 26th 2018, using the crowdsourcing platform, Patreon, to help fund this artistic endeavor. He plans on releasing four or five more singles in rapid succession of one another.
He is very active on Youtube, making a consolidated effort to release one new cover or original song, once a week, and just recently began using the Twitter owned app, Periscope to find an audience world wide; his recent live streams have been showing up on the main feed and have averaged 7,000 to 10,000 viewers per hour. He is also maintaining a busy schedule of playing live shows, both solo acoustic and with a band behind him, to support this new material.
His full length acoustic album EMPTY CIRCLE, released on May 12th 2018, can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and all the other digital streaming services, AND you can directly support Mike by purchasing the album here or by supporting the release of new material using the crowdsourcing platform, Patreon.