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Mike Love (Reggae)

About Mike Love (Reggae)

Mike Love is a multi-instrumentalist from the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i, whose music and artistic style consists of a mixture of different music genres, artistic innovation, overwhelming musical talent, and passionate “real-problems” lyrics.

Mike’s musical career began at an early age, although he did not have the opportunity to express himself in front of an audience until the age of 16, only a year after he started playing the guitar. Mike’s early musical approach began thanks to his heritage, as both his father and his grandfather were composers and encouraged Mike to learn how to play the steel pan and piano. It wasn’t until Love collaborated with local artists and musicians that he exploited his talent as composer, lyricist, and arranger, as his 10-piece band named “Dubkonscious” released their first album “At the Foot of the Mountain”.

In 2008, Love began what would eventually develop into his solo musical career and iconic sound, as Love started playing a unique type of a “one-man-band” at a local Irish Pub. Love took advantage of his multi-instrumental-talent and his compositional and arrangement ability to create a completely new style of music that featured himself, a variety of instruments and a “looper”, with which he would record and replay whatever line, riff or melody he had either played or sang.

His fanbase rapidly grew as fans continued to be amazed by Love’s talent and his powerful lyrics, which helped capture listeners by his unique way of singing. Love’s singing features a variety of different styles, a wide range of notes, a natural talent for singing rapid, “staccato” form of rapping and a style of “Jazz scat” that adds an interesting sound to his music. As of his paying, Love’s heavy reggae influence can be easily spotted in both his playing and singing, but iconic elements of both traditional jazz, blues and jazz-fusion and heavy-rock can be spotted in his accompaniment and soloing.

In December 2012, Mike Love released his first solo studio album, “The Change I’m Seeking”, and songs like “Permanent Holiday” and “Barbershop” quickly put Love on the map. His second and third studio albums, “Love Will Find a Way” and “Love Overflowing”, released in 2015 and 2016, respectively, helped Love to continue to develop his sound and his ideology of “speaking-from-the-heart” and “returning-to-nature” way of thinking.

Love is currently focused on his “super-band”, “Mike Love and The Full Circle” which consists of top musicians from his hometown O'ahu. The band is currently on tour and hoping to return to the studio to create new music that will continue with the legacy of Love’s solo career that left a mark in the music world.

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