I’m very excited to be releasing a new live video next week on all my social media: Youtube, Facebook, and so forth. Here is a sample of it. It’s a song off of my self titled EP from 2014, called “Latchkey Kid.” We tracked this song live at Studio 333 in Cerritos, CA on January 17th 2019. It features Frank Reina on drums, Tom Bremer on guitar, and Paul Jones on bass. We are going to be celebrating the release of this video tomorrow night (FEB 27th 2019) in Long Beach at The Wine Bar on Ocean Ave. if you feel like coming out to support; music starts at 7pm. There is no cover; it’s a free show. I’m honored to have my friends Alyssandra Nighswonger, Honest Horse and Taylor Crawford joining me to share their beautiful music. We would be stoked to have you there, and I would adore the opportunity to see some friends in the area if it’s in the cards. Thank you to Monika Lightstone for making this video with me. You are amazing and I am thankful to have you as a friend. Thanks to Ryan Lipman for the lovely mix.
The reason I started a Patreon page, no joke, was to start doing more things like this. Live videos and live recordings.
Naturally, it's a budget thing.
This video, recorded live on Thursday January 17th 2019, is going to look and sound amazing. Why is that important to me? Because I am trying to land some festival gigs. Playing festivals is a great way to make some new fans, and I can get the band booked if I have videos that look and sound great, like this one:
So, that's what I'm doing. I'm planning on trying to make several more videos like this one. "Latchkey Kid (Live at Studio 333)" is the second of many, hopefully. I need a few up beat songs as well as a mid tempo tune like "Fool For You" to pitch us as a well-rounded act to these festivals.
I was speaking with one of my friend's who is nearly the same age as me. She is suddenly gaining a great deal of success as a songwriter. She mentioned that the reason this is, outside of the music being good, is to have a team of people around her, that are good at what they do.
This is what I am trying to build on right now. YOU are part of that team also, if you want to be: https://www.patreon.com/mikevitalemusic
Monika Lightstone is part of this team. She is the one shooting this video footage and all of this amazing photography.
Frank Reina, Tom Bremer, and Paul Jones are a part of this team. Studio 333 is a part of this team.
We make really beautiful things when we all work together. I'm hoping that this enthusiasm that I am feeling, is contagious. I hope that you feel it. It's momentum.
This momentum needs to grow in order for my music to reach ears, so I am working as diligently as I possibly can, to create a team, to nurture the project, and to watch this grow.
I am so very thankful to have you be a part of this team and for you to grow with all of us, should this be something you are interested in: To grow older, to grow better, to grow smarter, to grow emotionally.
You have my deep and sincere gratitude.
"Latchkey Kid (Live at Studio 333)" is being edited and is on the docket to be mixed here shortly.
I will have more to share with you soon.
Tom Bremer and I are going to be playing an acoustic duo set on the Hotel Cafe main stage this Thursday September 20th 2018 at 7pm. We’re playing in support of the incomparable Matt Andersen who is out on tour. We would be thrilled to have you there.
Advanced tickets are available on the Hotel Cafe website. Here is a link to purchase:
If you have never had the opportunity to hear Tom and I play together, this would be the perfect opportunity for you to do so. We have been playing together now for several years and used to play quite frequently together at LAX, in the Bradley Terminal for international travel passengers.
Tom is the second guitar player on most of my acoustic album I released in May of this year called EMPTY CIRCLE:
Here is a video we did last week together. It’s a cover of The Grateful Dead classic “Friend of the Devil.”
I hope this finds you all in good spirits (I’m personally in pajamas) and that we might be able to share some vibes with you on Thursday night at 7pm.
Yes, I know. I'm a bit slow on the whole "here are a bunch of photos of me playing music with my friends at The Mint in Los Angeles."
Yet, here are a bunch of pictures of me playing music with my friends at The Mint in Los Angeles. It's only been a month—okay, two months. I've been busy. I'm a busy guy.
A big thank you to Abbyshoot for all the great shots. Deeply appreciative.
I just released a new full band single today called "No Vacancy."
Here is a link to find the song on your favorite listening platform:
It is available everywhere. You name it. You can listen to it there.
For your convenience, you can also just visit my NEW SINGLE page here on this website:
Thank you to Frank Reina, Brad Cummings, Tom Bremer, Scott Dibble, Ryan Lipman, and Mark Chalecki for making art with me.
THANK YOU to everyone on Patreon for your help in releasing this new material. I mean this with all my heart: I can't do it without you (I tried). This is working: what we are dong together. I am more prolific as an artist than I have been in years because of your financial help. I have been releasing something constant and consistent every month since May 2018, because of you.
I want to take a second to thank all of these individuals especially for their continued contributions and help: Erik Gomez, Amy Armitage, Fernando Gallegos, Heather Renz, Brandi, Bob Emerson, Joshua Jon Day, Carey Brown, and Tim Grobaty.
If you like this song, thank you. It came from my heart. It is my life.
TONIGHT, I'm playing one of my favorite haunts in all of Orange County: The Cliff in Laguna Beach. YOU, yes you (you reading this) need to check this spot out. It's fucking awesome. It's literally right next to the ocean, on a cliff (hence the name).
I'm playing music there with my band tonight from 7pm to 10pm. I've got Matt Lesser on drums, Paul Jones on bass, and Tom Bremer on guitar. It's gonna be the joint, so bring a joint if you fancy.
Thursday July 26th 2018 at The Cliff 577 S. Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA. We play from 7pm to 10pm.
Maybe I'll see you later tonight, looking all hawt and hot.
I'd say I'm dropping new music—but it's more like a drip—from a broken water faucet.
I'm releasing a new full band single called NO VACANCY on Tuesday July 31st 2018. It will be available for streaming as well as digital purchase that day on all your favorite music streaming haunts: Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Youtube, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, etc. AND if you are a really amazing person who still buys music (bless your heart) you will be able to purchase it as well on iTunes, Bandcamp, Google Play, Amazon, and every other digital retail location that is known to man.
In all honesty, this is one of my favorite songs that I have written and produced with friends. It turned out really lovely and I am so very thankful to have had such a wonderful cast of musicians who helped to flesh out the arrangement: Frank Reina on drums, Brad Cummings on bass, Scott Dibble on rhodes piano, and Tom Bremer on electric guitar. A song is only as good as the people you have playing on it and I am very fortunate to be surrounded by all these beasts of badassery.
The song was mixed by Ryan Lipman and mastered by Mark Chalecki. Thank you guys for making this sound so beautiful and pristine. I am in awe of your talent.
Artwork was done by myself and my friend Joshua Jon Day. I took the photograph and he helped me fashion a fabulous album cover out of it. I really find these old neon signs to be so beautiful.
I make no allusions of being a phenom when it comes to new releases. I cross my fingers that songs will connect with people and they will share. This song is no exception. However, I do try to do my part to find avenues of exposure for songs such as this. Spotify recently started a submission process for playlists on unreleased songs, and I submitted this tune for their consideration. Keep your fingers crossed that the curators find something to like in this song and select it for many a playlist.
Most importantly, thank you to everyone on Patreon who helps me to release this new material. I mean this with all my heart: I can't do it without you (I tried). This is working: what we are dong together. I am more prolific as an artist than I have been in years because of your financial help. I want to take a second to thank all of these individuals especially for their continued contributions and help: Erik Gomez, Amy Armitage, Heather Renz, Brandi, Bob Emerson, Joshua Jon Day, Carey Brown, and Tim Grobaty.
My deep and sincere gratitude for letting me do what I love to do: make music and play it.
TODAY (Wed June 20th 2018), before our circus act later in the evening—the one where we put my head in the mouth of a live tiger—Tom and I will attempt the impossible: "to sing and play guitar together, at the same time, while broadcasting on Periscope, at a Holiday Inn, in Long Beach, in the penthouse restaurant THE VUE, while reading a 1980's issue of Penthouse magazine." All of this will be performed in front of a live audience, who does not care. Come. Drink. Don't care with us, together. Because, people who don't care, together, really don't give a shit, together—with a GREAT view of Long Beach.
Here is an event invite. Don't look at it though. Okay, you can look at it: https://www.facebook.com/events/593984740986747/
We'll be playing songs from my new album EMPTY CIRCLE. Here are links to various streamlining services and digital distribution outlets to get your feet muddy with Mike and Tom. Make sure take off your shoes before you come in the hou... damn you. Look what you just did to the carpet??!
Guess what?! We played a release show last week for my new single “Gone” at The Mint in Los Angeles. It was a fun night! Not everyone could make it out, so our very own Megan from here on Patreon, took some really awesome footage, that I will be sharing over the coming weeks. This is the first of many—it was also the first song of the night. It’s called The Nerve. It’s a tune about my feelings. Please know, I am so very appreciative of everything that y’all do. Taking the time to record footage like this, and sharing it, means more to me than I can properly express in words. You’re propagating the things I am writing and making—and also affording me the opportunity to use $5 words like, propagate. My deepest gratitude. Now, excuse me while I watch my laundary. Someone took my clothes out of the drier earlier and used my quarters to dry their clothes, because they are cunning creatures full of creative ways to use other people’s quarters.
I have an acoustic duo album that I am going to be releasing on May 12th 2018 on the Hotel Cafe second stage at 8pm, and I would love to have you there. Advanced tickets are available for purchase at The Hotel Cafe website:
The cover for the new album was photographed by Sonya Kanelstrand. I am so thrilled to have her image as the face of this extended play release. If you are interested in finding more of her material online, you can do so here: http://www.kanelstrand.com
The music on the album is something I have devoted quite a bit of time to for the past several years, whether on the writing of the songs, the capturing of the material, the arrangements, or trying my best to mix some of this material in a manner that I feel is flattering, all by myself. With that last bit being said, I'm very lucky to have Ryan Lipman stepping in to mix this material for release.
Along with the stellar talent of Sonya and Ryan, my friend Keenan Castello will be joining me on lead guitar that night to perform these songs, live, and my friend Lakin will be opening the show at 7pm. Tom Bremer played lead guitar on several of these tunes, but will be out on tour during the release.
Your love, support and encouragement means the world to me and I would be stoked to be surrounded by family, friends, acquaintances, and fans.
Thank you to everyone who has been so kind and encouraging and who have requested for this live Youtube video to be on streaming music sites such as Spotify and Apple Music. I just uploaded the song today, so it should be available for streaming and purchase within the next few days on all major digital distribution outlets:
This video was WAY more work than I had originally anticipated. I mixed this myself. I know, it sounds simple. It's not—not if you're a perfectionist. I am a perfectionist. Which doesn't mean I got it perfect; it means I begrudgingly stopped working on it and that I read two books on the subject and that I spent 2 months working on it obsessively and that I did about 46 mixes of it. I will never be happy with what I did here, I fear (in the mixing department).
I AM thrilled about all the people who helped me to make this and I am thrilled that a song like this came out of me. It is one of the most popular tunes I have ever written.
4th Street Productions in Long Beach filmed the video. I can not thank you enough Damian. You are truly an artist. It was filmed live as we tracked the song live.
I am thrilled that I performed this with three other musicians who I feel are some of the best players on the planet: Frank Reina. Brad Cummings, and Tom Bremer. You guys are my musical brothers. Also, thank you to Ryan Lipman for mastering this mix of mine.
I am thrilled that Alfredo Cristinziano provided the cover art for this song. Here it is. You can find him on Instagram here: @alfredoziano
A lot of his work is very sexy. Be prepared for sexy.
Most of all, let me come around full circle and thank anyone and everyone for finding something to like in this and to those, who will, and are listening to it.
In so many way, you all remind me of a time where I would make something and then hope that my parents would proudly display it on the refrigerator. I am so thankful for the magnet between your ears if you are proudly displaying it on your refrigerator right now. God bless.
I'm playing my first show of 2018 at The Wayfarer in Costa Mesa with my friends in Bearcoon and Abby Litman on March 1st 2018. The show starts at 8pm. It's 21+ and $5 at the door. I've got the band coming out to play that night, featuring Tom Bremer on guitar, Paul Jones on Bass, and Matt Lesser on drums,
Advanced tickets are available here:
You can also find an event invite on Facebook, here:
You know, there is nothing quite like rereleasing new old things with a new old name and then trying to act like they're new. They're not—yet they are depending on who you are.
While I'm sure that less than one percent of the total human population knows me, there is also 99.5% of a human population that doesn't even know I exist. I'm targeting them, but I'm writing to you, the .05%. Confusing? Where are these percentages coming from? Yeah, I confuse me too, and I have no idea—it's just math. But, let's proceed anyway. Just act like you understand this half-wit-crossed-eyed buffoon putting one word in front of another like they mean something. He's got a good heart. I promise. Pat him on his head, give him a cookie, and he's back to typing. Delicious cookie, by the way.
So, I made this video with my friends. It was under the name The Hawkline Monster. But, I went back to using my own name, Mike Vitale. So, I had to re-upload it to my new old Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/mikevitalemusic
I took down the old video, which had a lot of views. I don't want to have two videos for the same thing. That's confusing—like this blog entry.
So, I'm going to donate my old new Youtube Channel and its contents to science. Wait, Science just got back to me, and said, "we're good," so scratch that last sentence.
I'm following suit with all of my online streaming services as well. This may take a week or two to fully happen. I'll let you know when I get 'er done.
In the meanwhile, I appreciate your patience. You can find anything and everything concerning me at Mike Vitale Music. When I play by myself or with myself, I am Mike Vitale. When I've got all my friends playing in the band with me, like this video above, we are Mike Vitale and The Hawkline Monster. The cast of musicians playing with me in the studio and at live shows, is a revolving door or awesomeness and I am grateful for their immense talent and wonderful hearts. Every song I write is only as good as the people playing them with me, and these guys are amazing. My undying gratitude to them for our friendship and epic musical orgies. I would compare us to the movie "Caligula," but I've never seen that movie, so it would be coming from a place of ignorance if I did—so I won't.
That's it for now. Love you!
Did I ever tell you about that time I ran away from home when I was in second grade, because I wanted to be a werewolf?
Well, the single for "Running Away From Home" is being released tomorrow (July 20th 2017) on all major digital distribution sites including iTunes, Amazon, Etc. It is also available to stream on all major streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, and so forth.
I'm very proud of how the song turned out and I have a wealth of wonderful musicians who made this track what it is. Thank you to Frank Reina for his drumming and engineering skills on the kit, Brad Cummings for his work on the bass, and to Tom Bremer for his country guitar chops. Holy shit: you guys knocked it out of the park. Also, thank you to Chris Karn for such a great mix.
This has been a long time in the making and I would be thrilled if you all help me spread the word to friends and family if you like the song. I have two more singles that I just wrapped up the mixes on today: No Vacancy and The Needle of the Human Race. As always, thank you so very much for your continued enthusiasm and support and for being a part of this journey of mine. It is so deeply appreciated and I am humbled to have your attention.
I am trying to eat a bowl of oatmeal right now. If I were to be completely transparent, this is posing a challenge for me today—eating I mean. I am full of anxiety. I am about to put myself out there as I used to do, for years. This starts off as a frightening experience. I have been here before; I have been there before; and it is comforting to know where this road leads: to good places. Life is about taking risks. All the fun stuff resides on a horizon, riddled with land mines of mistakes on its forefront, on a field of hard work. In recent years, I have stepped on quite a few land mines.
I was spilling all of my emotional entrails and sharing a lot of what I was feeling right now, on this very page, for the past hour. However, the delete key on my keyboard has replaced the many paragraphs I had just written, with this sentence. Now I am here. I have managed to finish the bowl of oatmeal and I feel a bit better.
I used to do this a lot. Journal my thoughts, I mean. I might again because I find it very cathartic.
Believe this, because it is true: I stopped posting these journals (blogs) because my roommate told me he thought it was "kind of lame." He had his reasons for sharing his thoughts on the matter. Who is to say whether he was right? I can say that words are powerful, both my own and everyone else's. What I give credence to is my own decision, though. In hindsight, I believe I shouldn't have listened to him. Only I know what works for me.
Forgive me for not sharing all that is running through my head this afternoon. I need to get back to what I am working on. I am putting together a Patreon account to help fund more live recording videos on Youtube. When it is completed, I will try to remember to post a link to it here. In the meanwhile, here is a link to my Youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/mikevitalemusic
Should you happen to find something to like on there, I would be honored to have your subscription and your attention.
I just completed making a video that I worked very hard on. The recording was effortless because Frank handled that, but mixing the audio myself was very difficult (it took me nearly 3 months). We have performed this song many times together live, so no rehearsal was necessary.
The finished product is what it is. It's a song I wrote called "Fool For You." I recorded it live with my friends Frank, Tom, and Brad. My friends Damian and John did the filming and the lighting for it. They are all amazing artists and I absolutely adore making creative stuff with them. The Patreon account is to help fund that desire. People deserve to be payed for their talents and the money is going to them. It will pay for rehearsals, production costs, audio mixing, video editing, and hopefully studio time. I would like to focus exclusively on new material I have written, which will require rehearsals before recording the song live. It will also ensure faster turnaround of a finished product. Here is what we made together:
This, what I am writing, is for you as much as it is for me. If I were to keep it to myself it would just be for me. I prefer this though. Thank you for taking the time to read it. I have much to share with you.
- Mike Vitale