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Overview


MikeWTAllen

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Overview


MikeWTAllen

SPACE ELEVATOR (hopefully) RECORDING!!

(for those of you who don't like reading, just CLICK HERE TO DONATE)

My 20 person experimental jazz-metal big band has played a couple very well received shows, and now it's time to make a recording!
Here's the thing though, recording a 20 person band is suuuuuper expensive. The musician costs alone are over $2000, and being the type of person who decides to dedicate my time and effort into running a 20 person jazz-metal big band, well let's just say that it's not the most lucrative of career choices.

That's why we've decided to set up a crowdfunding campaign to try to get this band recorded!
You can find the link HERE.

There's some super cool perks if you donate to our fund like special bound scores of your favourite song, a mix-tape (or a 'mix-CD) curated by myself and members of the band, a commentary version of the album (where we sit around and talk about how hard all my music is or whatever), me humiliating myself by recording my own version your favourite song, or even getting a custom song written for you to be performed by the full 20 person Space Elevator!

It would be so amazing to be able to bring this band into the studio, I know all the musicians involved feel the same way, so if you're able to donate then please do, anything helps. Or if you can't donate then just spread the word as much as you can, let's make this thing a reality together!

In the mean time, here's a live recording about a malevolent clown from our concert back in 2016.

 
 

and now for the rest of the website, I guess...

Composer, Performer, Producer


Described by Discorder Magazine as a “compositional tour-de-force”, award winning Mike WT Allen established himself early on as a maverick in the music scene by stubbornly following his own iconoclastic ideas about music, often to their most extreme ends.

As a composer with an ear open to anything from jazz to avant-garde metal, trip hop to no-wave, Mike constantly makes an effort to represent his eclectic tastes in his musical output, often times creating a hybrid sound in the process that is both familiar yet strange.

When it comes to performing Mike is always looking to explore new sounds, whether that means performing on a revolving door of woodwind instruments, exploring the depths of synthesizers, or running his instruments through effects pedals to alter their natural sound. A desire to find new timbres or noises not normally associated with whatever instrument in his hands drives his creative process.

For any questions about gigs, commissions, lessons, etc email me: mike.w.t.allen@gmail.com

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Cool Things


Cool Things


Musical Highlights

 
  • 2016 Capilano Courier Reader's Choice Award for Best Musician
  • Soundtrack to award winning short film Help Wanted
  • Best Local Avant-Garde Artist nomination for Key To Abyss
  • Soundtrack to the award winning short film A Gift For Amelia
  • Commissioned by the Royal Military College of Canada to compose an original piece
  • Space Elevator debut performance to a sold out crowd at the Fox Cabaret
  • Headlining spots for VaudeVille Vagabonds at Cascadia and Atmosphere music festivals
  • Guest musician with Los Furios, opening for k-os
  • Ivy League Brawlers opening for and joined on stage by Angelo Moore of Fishbone
  • Space Junk, a tribute to David Bowie's Blackstar featuring Bend Sinister and Cobra Ramone
  • Original piece "Sloove The Traction" performed by John Korsrud's Hard Rubber Orchestra
  • Music composed for and used in commercials/videos with clients including BC Hydro
  • Guest spots recording or playing with Marianas Trench, Colin James, Los Furios, Bestie, Ben Norton, BRASS, Sadie Campbell
     
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Press


Press


Press

 

Discorder Magazine
on Space Elevator

“...one of the most awe-inspiring demonstrations of musical prowess that I have ever experienced” (read full article)

 

Beatroute Magazine
on Big EviL

“...despite hosting tags of “noisy“ and “wacky,“ their performance will win over anyone with a display of mastery over instruments.“ (read full article)

 

The Langara Voice
on Key To Abyss

“If I had to describe Key To Abyss's music I'd say it sounds like a old time steamer sinking into the Marianna Trench, in a good way” 

 

Capilano Courier
on Space Elevator

“...a showcase for some of the best musicians Vancouver has to offer, an exhibit of Allen’s compositional genius and, simply put, a captivating show that elevated the big band genre into a whole other galaxy.” (read full article)

 

My Mom
after seeing one of my concerts

“Michael child, you might be a genius. I can't believe I'm saying that.“