Mike

Michael Garate (Keyboards & Production)

NAME
Michael Garate
TWITTER twitter.com/mpgarate
HOMETOWN Washington, D.C.
MUSICAL HISTORY I took piano lessons with a classical teachers for a few years starting in kindergarten, switched to jazz, and eventually started teaching myself. That’s when I felt the most progress; when I was self-motivated to learn, I did. I love making music with any kind of instrument I can find. (Although I can’t claim to be good at all of them) I began making mash-ups in 2003. I took an intro to recording arts course with the Levine School of Music in 2005, and applied those skills when recording “Plane Ticket” in Emily’s basement.
INTERESTS Other than music, I enjoy photography, listening to music, hanging with friends, web design, watching TED videos, international travel (when I get the chance), doing tech for the school play, using Ubuntu Linux, and waffles.
MUSIC I usually find myself listening to post-rock, other variations of rock, blues, jazz, electronic, and dubstep.
BANDS Pretty Lights, Sparklehorse, Sigur Ros, The Samuel Jackson Five, This Will Destroy You, The Last of the Shadow Puppets, Long Distance Calling, Maybeshewill, 65daysofstatic, Infected Mushroom, The American Dollar, Broken Bells, Keith Jarrett, Muse, The Shortwave Set, Booker T & the MG’s, God is an Astronaut, Martina Topley-Bird, The Black Keys

Feel free to add me on Last.fm!

PLACES Tower Records when it still existed, Belgium + Holland + London w/ Emily, Spain + Portugal + Brazil w/ Bill, Turkey, a good concert, home, out taking pictures, Anaheim, CA with the band
FILMS Memento, Inception, Hot Fuzz, Super Troopers, Mulan, Troll, Troll 2, Machine Girl, The Silver Chair (1990), The Land Before Time
FOOD I’ll try pretty much anything at least once. Greatest hits include pasta, salt & vinegar chips, and ice cream. Almost forgot the most important meal: Chips & Salsa
CONTACT mike@powerpirate.com
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