Mike was born in Croydon, Surrey (UK) 1960. He started in music playing drums and piano aged eight, playing in school and local youth orchestras as well as the school jazz band, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and various local rock bands. 1978 to 1981 saw him studying percussion under James Blades at the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as piano and composition. Also at this time he was playing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as drumming for 60s pop legend Kathy Kirby. He received LRAM (teaching) and GRSM (graduation) diplomas. During 1983 he recorded a solo album at home which was released by Shout Records. Since moving to Switzerland in 1988 he has worked as a programmer, arranger, composer and producer, writing jingles for radio and TV, as well as producing, arranging and playing with such diverse artists and projects as Wake Up 93, Pingu, It's Five to Twelve, Thomas Moeckel, Danü Sigrist, Bonnie Jeanne Taylor, Emmanuel Bex, Natacha, Oskar Klein, Whysome, Luana, No Angels, Monika Miller, Sue Mathys, Tea 4 Two, Willie Nininger, Mile, Nina Meier Bradlin, Lori Glori, and Vince Benedetti. In 2001 he wrote the music for the equitainment production,"Le Prince". Founded the band “dust” (later “wearedust”) with Jessica Knoll in 1999