Mike was only 13 when him and a friend decided that it was time to break the mold of southern Californian adolescence by starting a band in the mid 90s. This first band was inspired by the music of the times: Nirvana, Soundgarden, Rancid, STP, and Alice in Chains. The raw energy, great songwriting, and catchy melodies of this era would stick with Mike for many years to come. However, Mike would eventually become bored with the simplicity of the guitar work of the grunge sound and decide to spend a summer learning the catalogs of Megadeth and Metallica - the hard work and dedication of that summer can still be heard to this day in Mike's guitar playing.
The entirety of high school was spent in a thrash band called Dominion which eventually disbanded due to members going away to college - this was 1999 when Mike moved from southern California to Seattle where he became immersed in the local metal scene. He joined various groups - most notably Lyranthe (prog metal) and Solace in Black (thrash) - for the next 12 years before taking a few years off of music. When it was time to come out of retirement, Testing Trinity was formed and the rest is history.
Mike cites his biggest musical influences as Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, Opeth, Pain of Salvation, and Nevermore. Even though his main love is heavy metal, he also enjoys 80s pop: Michael Jackson, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode - 90s rock: Faith no More, Soundgarden, STP, Alice in Chains - prog metal: Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Cynic, Queensryche - and heavier death metal: Death, Dimmu Borgir, Meshuggah. This wide range of musical enjoyment helps to keep Testing Trinity's music diverse and interesting.
When not doing music Mike enjoys fishing, camping, spending time with family and ogling his ever-expanding knife collection.