Mike Bishop (Record Together) – Interview (Part 2)

Find below the second part of the interview with Mike Bishop from RecordTogether.com. This is where we talk about the artists he likes and his musical background. To learn more about Record Together itself, read the first part of this interview and the original blog post.




When did you become interested in music? What was the first album or single you ever purchased?

The first album I purchased on my own was “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Consequently, it also became my favorite album.  It was so scratched from being played there were only a few songs left that didn’t skip.  The bass on that album was my biggest influence in learning how to play.

Are you in a band yourself, or have you been in a band in the past? Is there a clip on YouTube or elsewhere we could watch?

I’ve been playing in bands around the Twin Cities, Minnesota area since I was 12.  I played in “Modern Day Supplement” for about 5 years, and then 6 years in a band called “Live From Heaven”.  Here’s a clip from a Live From Heaven show:


Musical likes and dislikes? Favorite artists?

I’m partial to rock music, but really enjoy anything with a groove.  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Rage Against the Machine, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails.  I can usually find at least one thing to appreciate in all music.

If you had to name the song that moves you the most, what would it be? Can you pinpoint the reason why?

I’ve always found myself really attached to “The Fragile” by Nine Inch Nails.  Most of the album was recorded while Trent Reznor was struggling with heroin addiction, and there’s something very honest and haunting about that song that I love.

Is there a song that – to you – captures the spirit of your startup and what you have set out to do? What would it be?

Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer, haha.