Mike Mills

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Mike Mills
MikeMills.jpg
Mills performing with R.E.M. in 2008
Background information
Birth nameMichael Edward Mills
Born(1958-12-17) December 17, 1958 (age 55)
Orange County, California
GenresAlternative rock, college rock, jangle pop
OccupationsMusician, composer, producer
InstrumentsBass, vocals, guitar, piano, accordion, percussion
Years active1980–present
LabelsI.R.S., Warner Bros.
Associated actsR.E.M., Hindu Love Gods, The Backbeat Band, Automatic Baby
 
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Mike Mills
MikeMills.jpg
Mills performing with R.E.M. in 2008
Background information
Birth nameMichael Edward Mills
Born(1958-12-17) December 17, 1958 (age 55)
Orange County, California
GenresAlternative rock, college rock, jangle pop
OccupationsMusician, composer, producer
InstrumentsBass, vocals, guitar, piano, accordion, percussion
Years active1980–present
LabelsI.R.S., Warner Bros.
Associated actsR.E.M., Hindu Love Gods, The Backbeat Band, Automatic Baby

Michael Edward "Mike" Mills (born December 17, 1958) is an American multi-instrumentalist and composer who was a founding member of the alternative rock group R.E.M..[1] Though known primarily as a bass guitarist, backing vocalist, and pianist, his musical repertoire includes also keyboards, guitar, and percussion instruments. He contributed to a majority of the band's musical compositions.

Life and career[edit]

Mills is credited with being the chief composer behind many of R.E.M.'s songs, including "Nightswimming",[2] "Find the River", "At My Most Beautiful", "Why Not Smile", "Let Me In", "Wendell Gee", "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville",[2] "Beat a Drum", "Be Mine" and "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?". In particular, R.E.M.'s 2004 album Around the Sun was heavily shaped by Mills' piano and keyboard contributions. Mills is also responsible for the prominent backing vocal and harmony parts found within the band's back catalogue, with his vocal contributions arguably being most noticeable on 1986's Lifes Rich Pageant and 2008's Accelerate. In addition to providing backing melodies, he has also sung lead vocals on the songs "Texarkana", "Near Wild Heaven", The Clique cover "Superman" and The Troggs cover "Love is All Around".

Mills performing in 2004

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Mike Mills Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Hyden, Steven (16 November 2011). "R.E.M.’s Mike Mills". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "MIKE GUESTS ON JASON RINGENBERG'S NEW ALBUM NATURE JAMS". R.E.M. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  4. ^ "WEEKEND UPDATE: RECORD STORE DAY, DRESDEN, WILL ROCK 4 FOOD, FUTUREBIRDS, FINSTER, AND FUTURE MUSIC". R.E.M. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 

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