Mike Dawson

Age: 24

Equipment: Pearl Export A Series 7-piece kit - Snare: 14" x 5", Bass: 22" x 18 1/2", Toms: 10" x 9", 12" x 11", 13" x 12", 14" x 15", 16" x 18"; Gibraltar Bass Pedal; Cymbals: 3 Crashes (14" Avedis Zildjian Custom, 15" Sabain AAX Dark, 16" B8 Heavy), Ride (22" Sabian Hand-Hammered Manhattan or 20" Paiste Rock), Splash (8" Sabian), Hats (16" Avedis Zildjian Mastersound) and Chinese (a very broken 18" Sabian); a bunch of stands

School: U of T (Victoria College) - Double Major in Sociology and English

Favourite Albums: The Smashing Pumpkins - "Siamese Dream" (although all their material is amazing (singles included) I like this one best), American Football - American Football, Hope of the States - "The Lost Riots", The New Amsterdams - "Never You Mind", Ashlee Simpson - "I Am Me" (I'm not kidding - it's so catchy), The Joel Plaskett Emergency - "Down at the Khyber", The Get Up Kids - "Something to Write Home About", Zwan - "Mary Star of the Sea", Stars - "Set Yourself on Fire", At the Drive In - "Relationship of Command", Royal City - "Alone at the Microphone", Pavement - "Brighten the Corners", Owen - "No Good for No One Now", The Mars Volta - "De-Loused in the Comatorium", Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus, Red House Painters - "Songs For A Blue Guitar", stellastarr* - stellastarr*, Jay-Z - "The Dynasty Roc La Familia" and "The Blueprint", Muse - "Absolution", .hopesfall. - "No Wings to Speak Of EP", Raising The Fawn - "The North Sea", Kanye West - "The College Dropout", Sting - "Mercury Falling" and "Ten Summoner's Tales", Sarah McLachlan - "Fumbling Towards Ecstacy", Guns 'N' Roses - "Appetite for Destruction", Metallica - "Master of Puppets" and "...And Justice for All", Hum - "You'd Prefer An Astronaut", Her Space Holiday - "Manic Expressive", Mogwai - "Come on Die Young" and "Ten Rapid", The Beach Boys - "Pet Sounds", Paco de Lucia, Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin - "Friday Night In San Francisco", The Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Time Out", Miles Davis - "Kind of Blue" & "Sketches of Spain"

Message from Mike:

First, thanks to The Edge for the great honour of being selected one of the top 10 indie bands in the city. We are very grateful, flattered and surprised.

Second, it's back to the El Mo, after a while. Looking forward to it, with a new song and a great line up (definitely one of the best we've ever taken to the stage with) - it will be a night to dance for real as we will all be busting out the infectious "grooves". Hope to see people out having fun. Stay Toasty.

Contact Mike: mike@thedaybreak.net

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