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The new album will be out in May.


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The Devil himself didn’t tune his guitar. But they did jam together once. And the Devil himself really enjoyed Mike’s company. After a cigarette, they agreed to do it again sometime.

“I like the same stuff anybody else does – Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Beatles. It’s the stuff that makes rock and roll what it is.”

But the list of influences goes on and on. Within his music, one may easily pick out some Violent Femmes, some Beck, some Velvet Underground, some Dylan.

“I like Ween a lot, too.”

Not to mention the numerous Grateful Dead concerts at a young, impressionable age, many of which he attended before he was technically born (which explains a lot).

This 16 year old singer/songwriter dabbles in didjereedoo, trombone, drums, and harmonica. He is an accomplished bass player, and has begun playing guitar more seriously in recent months. His style is focused mainly on rock and roll, often with a dirty blues influence, but he also dabbles in pop songery, and enjoys playing lyrically driven acoustic folk music.

When not playing blues and rock and roll, Mike leads an acoustic Bluegrass band with members of his school’s string orchestra (Shining Moon Taxidermy Extravaganza).

Not only has Mike Solan become his own unique classification, he is only a junior in high school. While he may not be the only high school student wanting to pursue a career in music, he is the only one that matters. A main attraction in his high school, Mike allows himself the freedom to talk about anything on his mind without holding back.

Mike is currently working on his first EP release. “I’m hoping to get this sound for the album – It’s the style I hear in my head, and it’s this classic rock, wonderful sound, a little bit White Album, a little bit Raw Power, by Iggy Pop. It’s a really nice, dirty sound.”

“I’ve been working with some really great musicians on a lot of these songs, some of the greatest drummers of my generation, I assume. It’s really exciting stuff.”

“My dream is eventually making this super collaboration – I imagine working with Dean Ween, Jack Black, two of my all-time heros, and I’d like to work with Jack White and Beck, these are all some people that really have it going on. In fact, I think I’d like to start a band with all of these guys. We might as well have Dave Grohl on drums, for good measure. And he should play drums spinning in a cage, like Tommy Lee. ”