Mike (Music Forge)

Cinematic Songwriter, Vocalist

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Mike (Music Forge) on SoundBetter

I make a living writing songs and self-producing my own work. My music touches the soul. It has been played over 250 million times.

I am a full-time composer who has mastered the whole musical process: writing lyrics, composing, producing, singing, and mixing.

What I can help you with:

Songwriting - Melody is what sets my music apart. I write emotional melodies that will stick with you for life. I support those melodies with beautiful harmony, rhythm, and counterpoint. I draw from a well that never seems to run dry because I am so inspired by what others have given me.

Mixing - I mix really complex projects, and I tap into the energy that the song needs. I have been professionally trained and constantly expect excellence from myself.

Singing - I have been hired numerous times to sing both lead and background vocals. I have a rare background in Gregorian chant. I am particularly skilled at making myself sound like a full choir because I have such a wide range. I am a natural deep bass. I have extensive background in Celtic folk songs. Also, I was trained to sing classically in college to sing concert music and musical theatre.

Scoring - I have scored several indie films. I have a great fairy-tale, medieval, and epic sound.

My music sounds much like Two Steps from Hell, Thomas Bergersen, and similar artists.

Let's make something together that will change everything.

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

Languages

  • English
  • Latin

28 Reviews

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  1. Review by Fred Miller
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    Always such a pleasure doing business with Mike. Greatest recommendations given once again!

  2. Review by Fred Miller
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    Cinematic with a big C. Always a true pleasure!

  3. Review by Shelley H
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    Mike is such a joy to work with. He has clear communication, he's friendly and a pro! Everything flowed seamlessly. It was a pleasure to sing such a great song. I highly recommend!

  4. Review by Fred Miller
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    Back at the board for the sequel. This is next-level!

  5. Review by Fred Miller
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    Working with Mike was one for the books. Pure talent and such a decent human-being. Fingers crossed for a lot more to come in near future!

  6. Review by Ari Vogue
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    Another gorgeous piece of music checked off the list with Mike! His ear for harmonies, arrangement, clear musical direction... always makes it such a pleasure working with him.

    Will always be excited to do another music project with this creative! :) He's THE best!

  7. Review by Idan Bigler
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    Always a pleasure working with Mike! He is very professional, clear, and his projects are always fun to work on. I would definitely want to work with Mike again, highly recommended!

  8. Review by Savannah Stone
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    Mike is fantastic to work with him, as always!

  9. Review by ERYN
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    Mike created a really moving and cinematic piece that I had the pleasure to sing on! Highly recommended :)

  10. Review by Ari Vogue
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    Oh, Mike is just such a treasure of a creator to work with yet again! We've done quite a few projects together and I hope for many more! He is such a talented composer, arranger, producer, gives great direction for the vocals he's looking for, so humble and kind, and SUPER reliable. Great communicator. Would work with him on ALL my projects if I could! :) Would recommend x1,000,000!!!

  11. Review by Jaki Nelson
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    Mike was great to work with! Clear and concise communication and a really fun project to get to record!

  12. Review by Nicholas V.
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    Michael was very fast at responding to all my inquiries, and he completed my project exactly the way I was hoping it would be! I highly recommend using Music Forge, the work done is professional and always well done!

  13. Review by Savannah Stone
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    Mike was incredible to work with. He's extremely talented and kind, and I'd recommend everyone work with him!

  14. Review by Jaki Nelson
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    Music Forge was a dream client!
    I look forward to any potential future projects together!

  15. Review by Burak Besir
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    It was wonderful to work with Mike. He knows what he wants and very clear communication. The whole process went very smooth. Thank you!
    Burak

  16. Review by Francesca Federico
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    Mike (Music Forge) was an incredible client and a joy to work with. He is kind and responsive, and I had a blast singing for his project. Would absolutely work with him again and cannot recommend his work enough.

  17. Review by Ari Vogue
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    It is always a pleasure working with Mike. An incredible composer, so kind, and he has a wonderful vision for the kind of sounds and tone he wants for his projects. As a singer, it makes it a joy to work with a professional like him with a clear direction. He is a joy to work with and his projects are always so musical. :)

  18. Review by Shelley H
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    Mike was such a pleasure to work with. A true professional. Great communication and friendly. I hope we can work on more projects in the future!

  19. Review by Elvya
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    This was a great experience! A literal travel in time! Definitely recommend!

  20. Review by Wendy Kay
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    Mike was very clear on his vision and direction! Had so much fun with this project!

Interview with Mike (Music Forge)

  1. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  2. A: That an artist who has an emphasis in one area isn't as skilled in other areas. When you self-produce for years, you definitely can master more than one skill.

  3. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  4. A: Having hired a lot of professionals myself, it is important that the music itself speaks to you. If you are smitten with an artist's samples, then there's a reason. Don't be afraid to connect. See how the artist responds to you.

  5. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  6. A: I have been composing since I was 13, which is almost 20 years. I have been producing music for the last 10 years professionally. I slowly grew and have been making a living off of music for the last 3 years.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: It's a cinematic adventure!

  9. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  10. A: Here's what I love in a collaborator: that they care about their craft as much as I do, or more. Music isn't about reward. It is about passion. I am always really impressed by fellow artists who get things done in a timely manner, who communicate annoyingly much (I actually think that's really important) and bring their own persona into a project. If you are going to drag your feet, hardly talk about it, and just do a "good enough" job, why even take the job?

  11. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  12. A: I am self-producing a series called "Song Stories" which uses music to tell fictional people's stories, combined with a video that looks like a picture book.

  13. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  14. A: I have worked with some amazing vocalists here!

  15. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  16. A: I will work and work and work to get it right for you. I will go to great lengths for my clients. I communicate well and extremely promptly. I will drop everything for you.

  17. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  18. A: I have changed people's lives for the better, mostly my own. And I get to work with and learn from other amazing artists

  19. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  20. A: If you don't fall in love with each and every song of yours, then other people probably won't either.

  21. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  22. A: Cinematic/soundtrack styles. Also folk/pop songs.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Composing melodies...they come to me so easily.

  25. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  26. A: Creativity, passion, dedication. I have a very strong work ethic. I take criticism very well.

  27. Q: What's your typical work process?

  28. A: I start in my head, I spill it out in a session, I see what sticks, I repeat. I am very open with my clients along the way so that they can speak into the process.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: A fully treated (GIK acoustics) home studio with Yamaha HS5 studio monitors w sub, Cubase 11 pro, tons of Vsts, a Behringer Motor 61 controller, Sennheiser 700HD pro headphones, Scarlett 2i2 interface, Rode K2 mic, a MacBook Pro.

  31. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  32. A: Thomas Bergersen of Two Steps from Hell, Hans Zimmer, and lots of past composers. I have a lot of respect for more mainstream artists too like Illenium and similar artists.

  33. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  34. A: Cinematic compositions: both songs and soundtracks, Singing: both lead and Backgrounds, and Mixing.

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Cinematic, Folk, Pop samples

I was the Composer, Mixing Engineer, Male Singer in this production

Terms Of Service

Unlimited revisions, but I usually only need 2 or 3. Turnaround varies, but can be as fast as 2 weeks. Time and cost depend on project length, complexity and additional needs.

GenresSounds Like
  • Two Steps from Hell
  • Thomas Bergersen
  • Josh Groban
Gear Highlights
  • ProjectSAM VST instruments
  • Cinesample libraries
  • Full Kontakt
  • and more! Behringer Motor 61 key controller
  • Yamaha HS studio monitors
  • Sennheiser 700s Headphones
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface
  • Rode K2 microphone
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