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ABOUT

As the son of an audio technician/audiophile I was exposed to music and recording equipment at a very early age. My parents told me my first word was actually "speaker". I always found that pretty funny. When I was young we shared a duplex with my uncle, who is an excellent musician and always had a nice home recording setup. I remember being fascinated by the console, monitoring, and patch bay. Even more so listening to Peter Gabriel's "So" on whatever speakers my father had that week and wondering "How do they make these sounds?".  

When I was 8 or 9 years old I was given my first guitar along with a 1/4 inch reel to reel and immediately started writing and recording my own music.

 A friend and I built our first basement "studio" in junior high and started recording fellow student musicians for $20/song on a cassette 4-track. 

Later on i'd attend Full Sail under my parents insistence that I get a college degree of some kind. Every minute outside of my studies were spent recording,mixing, and mastering (some nationally distributed) albums out of my dorm and a storage unit i'd rented to be my drum room!

Cut to 20+ years later, i've recorded over a hundred albums and Ep's for other artists, toured with my own band, and mastered countless recordings. Of all the facets of engineering I found Mastering to be the most rewarding for me. Fine tuning the sonics of a mix to help it convey the intended emotion while helping it translate on a wide range of playback systems became the brackish space between art and science in which I thrived. 

I have worked with many mastering engineers in my career...some good, some great. What I appreciate most about Mike is he truly cares about my projects. He will always go the extra mile to make sure he is upholding the integrity and dynamics of my mixes, while adding the necessary finishing touches and polish that only a gifted mastering engineer can achieve.
— Mike Watts (Glassjaw, The Dear Hunter, As Tall As Lions, Hopesfall, O’Brother, Gates, As Cities Burn)
No matter if its heavy rock, singer songwriter, or indie electro, I can count on Mike to send me back a slamming master that not only preserves all the elements of the mix we worked so hard on, but also enhances them.
— Beau Burchell (Saosin, The Bronx, Middle Class Rut, Blaqk Audio, Moose Blood)
Mike has the rare ability to bring out the absolute best in a mix, allowing it to sound great regardless of where it’s played back. He’s my go-to guy!
— Loren Israel (Producer / Capital Records a&r Jimmy Eat World, Plain White T's, Neon Trees, Sugarcult, Less Than Jake)
Mike at Rogue Planet takes any and all worry out of the mastering process. Done right the first time.
— Anthony “Rocky” Gallo (John Legend, Common, Norah Jones, Gavin DeGraw, Cat Power, Yeasayer, Mos Def, Carly Simon, Jon Bon Jovi, Perry Farrell)