Mike is a
virtuoso who has recorded countless solo guitar albums in South Africa. He is an experienced
singer and studio
musician, arranger and producer.
He formed the
internationally acclaimed band "Stingray" for whom he was a
guitarist/vocalist and co-wrote their massive hit, “Better the Devil
He was also a
member of an accomplished vocal harmony group called “Fringe Benefits”
featured intricate four part harmony arrangements for which he was
For 11 years,
until the series ended, he arranged and produced an immensely popular
version series, “Springbok Hits”, and followed this as
arranger/producer on the
longest running TV1 country music show "Sing Country" and later its
successor "Sounds Country".
On his first
album he arranged and produced the epic “Queen” song “Bohemian
sang all of the four part harmonies.
He was musical
director for a series of local award winning musicals and also
arranged and produced the music for an all African awards show which
in Kenya and televised live throughout Africa.
an arranger is highlighted on the CDs he has recorded at his recording
for many top recording artists in the country.
He is a member
well-known rock band “Vinnie and the Viscounts” and is the band leader
popular five piece band –“STING”.
as a solo artist singing and playing swing and well-known classical and
He has done
for the Symphonic Pops Orchestra, as well as various projects
associated with promising
young artists. He was Musical Director for the Soundstage productions
Talk” as well as the tribute to the Beatles called “Ticket to Ride.”
in Cape Town where he runs his own recording studio, as well as
teaching at his
He has done the
Berklee Collage of Music correspondence course for teaching and
About Eileen Pilot
I was born and
spent most of my early years in Cape Town where I was
fortunate to work in bands “This Little Bird Plus Three”, “Sounds
and the Gerry Bosman Big Band. I was also a member of The Claude Larsen
and a Jazz vocal group called Tangerine. Just before moving to
co-wrote and performed a song in the Song Festival in Vina Del Mare,
song was placed in the top 10 in the competition which was attended by
people each night.
After moving to Johannesburg I joined the Bill
Fairlie Singers and wrote
and performed in a cabaret show called Three’s Company. This was
another show called Decades of Divas. I was the lead singer with the
“Sting” and “Africa 2000″. I was also a full time session/studio
did extensive TV work. I have therefore had experience in all spheres
In my teaching capacity I studied the methods
of Seth Riggs, Anne
Peckham, Hal Leonard, Roger Love and Melissa Cross, (who specialises in
of “screaming” without damaging vocal cords) and was appointed as the
coach for the first series of Coca Cola Pop Stars. I was involved in
all the singers that made it into the final rounds, and also worked
group that won the series, 101, in the recording studio when they
their first album.
In 2003 I was asked to repeat my role in the
series of that year working
this time with Adilah on their first album.
In 2004 I repeated the process in South Africa,
working with Jamali on
their first album. I was then asked to work on Pop Stars East Africa,
time in Mombasa coaching the finalists from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
involved in all of their CD recordings as co-arranger/vocal consultant.
In 2005 I was asked to be a judge/coach on a
new reality series called
“Famous” for a local TV station. It involved sourcing and coaching
between the ages of 11 and 15 to be involved in the process of learning
part of a Pop group, and perform in public and the recording studio.
In the same year, I spent time in Zambia as
vocal teacher for another a
reality series called “Celtel Star Search”.
In 2006, I was once again asked to be part of
“Famous” and was co-arranger/coach on the album of the winning group