Mike Viola
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  • Los Angeles, CA
  • United States
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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME IN THE THIRD PERSON!

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:
Rock
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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Megan Doyle commented on Mike Viola's blog post Song Starts With Loops and Ostinato
Jun 3, 2014
Zandi Holup commented on Mike Viola's blog post Given Titles: Starting Out With Almost Nothing
""Nobody's gonna catch me this time Drowning in sunshine"wow...that was a beautiful way of saying suicide. Also, this line really jumped out at me "On the money, let's give it one more try". I always gravitate towards…"
Jun 3, 2014
Zandi Holup commented on Mike Viola's blog post A Quick Word On "The Art Of Limits" Songwriting Challenge
"I wrote this song using C,G,EM, and D. This was one of those songs where you just flush out your emotions, it needs tweaking.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC-a9HE0DPA&feature=youtu.be C G iv’e been hurt many times D G G7 I said…"
Jun 3, 2014
Janet Noh commented on Mike Viola's blog post Given Titles: Starting Out With Almost Nothing
"Mike - I'm curious what kind of melody and chords you would place behind these beautiful lyrics. I'm reminded of Ed Sheeran's 'the A team' - the upbeat tempo and major key mask the darkness of the song that is about a street…"
Jun 3, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: The Unconventional
"Ina Reni Alexandrow excellent feedback for Naomi Vescio!  love it when peers are listening this close and chime in like this. thank you! mv"
May 28, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: The Unconventional
"Ina Reni Alexandrow excellent feedback for Naomi Vescio!  love it when peers are listening this close and chime in like this. thank you! mv"
May 28, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: Story Songs
"Joseph Makoviecki  KILLER song man.  love the "you can fake it til you make it or you can walk the whole way up" just great.   I'd buy this record. I hope you're out there in the world somewhere singing this to…"
May 28, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: Story Songs
"Joseph Makoviecki  KILLER song man.  love the "you can fake it til you make it or you can walk the whole way up" just great.   I'd buy this record. I hope you're out there in the world somewhere singing this to…"
May 28, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: Story Songs
"Ina Reni Alexandrow  I really love the device "she'd take that drink and fly away"  really original and cool.  my only 2 cents are lyrically.  Instead of talking AT the listener, I feel like you could continue…"
May 28, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: Story Songs
"Kaitlyn Mann revising a song is one of the hardest things to do as a songwriter.  cause initially you're keying off inspiration, which can be deceiving in so many ways.  sometimes it comes at you like a flash flood, other…"
May 28, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: The Unconventional
"Connor Mahoney  dissonance suits you well!   change the title to "Fire In Our Hearts" and you got yourself an anthem. after together as one sing with fire in our hearts one more time... LOVE the home recording.  sounds like…"
May 22, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: The Unconventional
"Becca Kling  PS on Joseph Makoviecki's note maybe it's just ONE chord you go to.... think of the Velvet Underground... go to an F chord for 2 bars and really rock it out there... good idea Joseph Makoviecki!!! "
May 22, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: The Unconventional
"Becca Kling  there's the song!  I love it.  I kind of guessed I would cause the lyric is so strong.  yeah!"
May 22, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: The Unconventional
"Becca Kling  REALLy great lyrics! like Shel Silverstein or something.  very realistic while at the same time living in fantasy.  "
May 22, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: The Unconventional
"Carolyn Kelly  you did a great job here. your use of honest and what seem very personal nouns and verbs really pulls the listener into the story and urges discovery at every turn.  just awesome! "
May 21, 2014
Mike Viola commented on Carnegie Hall's blog post Songwriting Exchange: Story Songs
"Kaitlyn Mann  heavy subject, heavy tune.  I think you could weed out some of the ideas you have here and make a more succinct, strong statement.  the bridge should be your chorus. not a big sweeping pop chorus, but more of a Nina…"
May 21, 2014

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

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

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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…

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Song Starts With Loops and Ostinato

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

 

https://soundcloud.com/musical-exchange/sets/songwriting-exchange-get-into

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

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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…

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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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