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Overview


MikeWTAllen

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Overview


MikeWTAllen

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.“