Mike Viola
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  • Los Angeles, CA
  • United States
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A prolific Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, producer and recording artist, Mike Viola first came into the national spotlight as founder and frontman of the Candy Butchers.  After 3 albums with Sony, Mike became known for not only creating music for award-winning films (“Get Him To The Greek,” “Walk Hard,” “That Thing You Do!”), but also writing and producing for other artists (Ryan Adams, Matt Nathanson, New Politics, Fall Out Boy,  Brett Dennen, Mandy Moore, Rachael Yamagata, Tim Christensen, Gin Wigmore).

Mike’s latest release (summer 2012) is “Acousto De Perfecto”. It is a companion to 2011′s critically acclaimed “Electro De Perfecto”. Acousto De Perfecto” is Electro De Perfecto’s quiet counterpart. The Sunday morning after the dark Saturday night.  Mike on acoustic guitar only, joined by Eric Summer and Kate Reddish on viola.“Electro De Perfecto” is a classic POWER POP trio album recorded fast and dirty in the studio with minimal overdubbing giving the record it’s inherent nastiness sonically, lyrically, and melodically. “

Fresh off producing and co-penning hit singles for Matt Nathanson (“Mission Bells”) and New Politics (“Harlem”),  Mike will be in the studio this winter and spring working on the new records for Andrew McMahon, Max Schneider, and Ryan Adams. 

Profile Information

I am a:
Performing Artist
My school is:
never stop learning because there's no RIGHT way to do this stuff!
My style(s) of music:
I am interested in:
Composing / Arranging, Recording / Producing / Engineering, Songwriting / Writing Lyrics
My musical instrument(s):
Electric Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Laptop, Organ, Piano / keyboard, Percussion, Trumpet, Voice

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At 12:52am on May 4, 2014, Jacob Derwin said…

Man, I really appreciate it a lot. Thanks so much!

At 5:07pm on January 23, 2014, Evan Taylor said…

Hi Mike! Welcome to the Musical Exchange community! You should check out the Educators group when you get a chance. Let me know if you have any questions about the site!

Mike Viola's Blog

Keeping Songwriting “Muscles” In Shape

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:27am 0 Comments

When I first started song writing I would rush to to the finish line of whatever I was chasing. Reason why, I was scared I would lose the inspiration, that somehow the mysterious force that kicked open the doors into the world of unknown words and chords with seemingly limitless combinations would slam shut if I didn’t take would I could find and get out quick. It took years of writing hasty bad songs for me to realize that like a vampire, once I was invited into that room I…


Song Starts With Loops and Ostinato

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:00pm 2 Comments



For a jump start with the "Get In The Groove" exercise, check out the ostinato and beat I…


Serving Your Song

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 2:36pm 2 Comments

Preamble Caveat: The advice I give below won't always apply.  If it resonates with you then I probably hit a nerve and that's GREAT! If it doesn't feel like it applies to you then it probably doesn't.  Give it a gander and see what it provokes. 

NOTE: making tracks doesn't apply to what I'm talking about.  It's songs written from the inside out not the outside in that these comments apply to. 

Most people can't hear a song inside of the song's production and…


A Quick Word On "The Art Of Limits" Songwriting Challenge

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 9:26pm 1 Comment

Hey Songwriters go check out this latest songwriting challenge. http://j.mp/QJQC3G

this exercise is a blast and you might surprise yourself with how powerful a song you can create using such a popular chord progression. I used it myself just recently with a band I was producing in Detroit last week. They were stumped with what direction to go in and I suggested they try this exercise. after about a day and a half of writing they came up with an honest…



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