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Michael Holmes, 21, of St. Petersburg Florida is a songwriter and an up and coming piano player whose musical edge provides piano renditions of popular Hip-Hop songs and beats that are played as if they were being mixed by a DJ at a club. He takes several Hip-Hop beats and plays them together mixing between each song on the piano with his own transitions from song to song. Mike’s influences include DJ Craze, fellow pianist, David Sides, as well as Elton John. Mike comes from a musical family. His grandmother was a concert pianist and would often give him advice on his playing. His father travelled across the country as a saxophone player performing in several bars. At the age of 14, Mike’s family moved to a new home. The owner’s before them left behind a baby grand piano, which his parents had tuned. After showing a considerable amount of interest in playing the piano, they later replaced it with a Yamaha G2 grand piano. In high school, Mike helped to create a band with some of his classmates called “Blind Man’s Colour.” He played the bass guitar and later began to play keyboard parts for songs the band was working on.
Entering college as a marketing student at The University of South Florida, Mike put aside playing until his fraternity asked him to participate in an all male talent show called “Big Man on Campus” held by the Kappa Delta Sorority. At the show he performed the songs “No Air” by Ne-Yo and “How To Save A Life” by The Fray. It was while learning these songs for the competition that he discovered David Sides and was fascinated with the way he covered various pop and Hip-Hop songs that were popular at the time. Mike began to concentrate on playing the piano and enthusiastically created piano renditions of popular songs. Mike continued to DJ at various college bars and parties as he experimented with mixing songs when he realized that most of the rap music he loved, especially the beats, were really easy to play on the piano. This is when he came up with his first Hip-Hop piano sequence featuring the songs: “Lollipop” and “We Be Steady Mobbin’” by Lil’ Wayne followed by Juelz Santana’s “Beamer, Benz, or Bentley.”
Mike is currently working on writing beats for different artists and furthering his music career as a pianist. You can still catch him DJing a party in the Tampa Bay area. To learn more on Mike Holmes follow him on all the social media networks including SoundCloud and ReverbNation.