Meet the Artist/Vocalist… Mike Von Beardingham

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Jonathan Parks

How did you get started?

I’ve been playing various instruments since my adolescence. I’ve been playing in originals bands since my teens and started properly singing around the age of 20. After joining cover bands in the late ‘90s, I spent a decade playing other people’s music, covering various styles until I decided to have a stab at writing my own music around 10 years ago. I started learning to mimic the styles of other singers to give my live performances more character, as well as to enhance my recordings. Along the way, I became friends with Sam Wale who had been working with ALIBI for some time and got me in to do some sessions with them. That was maybe 3 years ago, and I’ve been singing on various projects with them ever since.

Please list your top credits

Most recently, it’s been the trailer promoting the “Cobra Kai” series with our song,

. We’ve also had our work featured on the latest “Mutants” trailer, as well as a couple of others that have slipped my mind at the moment.

What types of genres do you work in most?

I’m mainly suited to rock as that’s where my roots are, really. I’ve also recorded Irish punk, replicated a child’s choir and ventured into the more indie style as well for bands like The Killers. I’ll have a bash at anything they want me to do, basically, except rap… I’d just embarrass myself!

What is your favorite track for ALIBI?

We did an album of ‘80s hair rock for which I got to write lyrics and sing. It was a chance to really use all the classic rock clichés, which was great fun. We did a song called

which had that proper group chorus anthem kind of sound with some real innuendo and double entendre. But the track, and hearing that pop up in the trailer when I was watching the series, made that a pretty high contender for the number 1 spot.

Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

Queen and Freddie Mercury without a doubt. I’m incredibly fortunate to sing in a Queen tribute band, so I get to sing my hero’s songs…it doesn’t get better than that!

Also more European rock/metal singers like Michael Kiske (Helloween) and Jorn Lande (JORN), as well as American singers such as Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) and Michael Bolton…yes, the guiltiest of all pleasures. ;)

What makes your work unique?

I would say possibly it’s my ability to imitate different singers and styles, so therefore it opens me up to cover more ground vocally and musically

Tell us one surprising thing people wouldn’t know about you.

I have more body hair than a whole troop of gorillas… and no hair on my head? Where is the logic in that?

Your funniest/strangest music experience.

After a Queen tribute show, I came offstage and was asked by a fan, “are you actually gay, or just a really good actor?” Best praise I’ve ever had!

Why do you like working with ALIBI?

They are genuinely lovely and talented people to work with. They have great songwriters, great composers and you really feel like you are working together with likeminded people with a good work ethic. They have such a diverse music library catering to so many styles, it’s really inspiring. Also, they always manage to give me a challenge, which I love.

Any words of advice to share with artist hopefuls?

The music industry is about making connections and forging good, strong relationships with companies and people. Being reliable, being dependable, making sure you deliver the best of your ability is how you get people to use your skills time and time again. Don’t be a diva; don’t think the world owes you fame and fortune. Work hard, be the best you can be and treat all around you with the respect they are owed.

How can people follow your work (website/Spotify/social channels)?

They can find me at my website

, which has all my links to social media and music projects, past and present.

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