A Pandora's box of "space oddities" Multi-instrumentalist Zallen concocts stunning electronic rock and acoustic pop rife with Bowie-isms and Beatlesque psychedelic splashes.
Zallen (aka singer/songwriter Michael Jones) is a native Los Angeles musician and visual artist. He has been performing professionally in numerous bands since the age of fifteen when he co-formed the popular LA band "Eulogy" with Rusty Anderson (top session musician; and Paul McCartney's present lead guitarist). Eulogy won the battle of the bands at the Pasadena Civic and produced the song "When You're Young" for LA's powerhouse rock radio station KNAC.
Young Zallen after Eulogy: Zallen formed the band Eclipse and continued to tour and entertain packed high schools and college stadiums with his flamboyant stage antics. Then Zallen, along with Daniel Van Patten and Chris Velasco formed a new band called Zicko Glick, an early incarnation of what eventually became the top selling Grammy winning band Berlin ("Sex," "Take My Breath Away," and numerous other hits). Daniel went on to produce the first Big Berlin album, "Pleasure Victim"
Zallen co-composed, produced, and performed an independent release with his friend Billy Paul under the band name Bozart in the late 80's, garnering him attention from Prince's label Paisley Park and Janet Jackson's producers, Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam. The sound could be described as The Beatles meet Prince.
Zallen's band "Cryin' Out Loud," co-formed with his friend Steven James, was named Band of the Month by Los Angeles radio station KLOS (Mark & Brian) and the songs "This City" and "Handguns and Home Survival" were featured on the Local Licks program. The song "This City" was featured in the film "Nature of the Beast," staring Eric Roberts and Lance Henriksen, and directed by Victor Salva, who's other movies include "Powder", "Jeepers Creepers", and "Peaceful Warrior".
Zallen recorded five CDs (I Live In A Box, Mook, Spintime, Top 10 & Spacetoy) from his digital home studio and released them on his mp3.com web site. He was a weekly featured artist and has had over 21 songs in the top 10 Psychedelic, Mod, Glam Rock, Brit Pop, and Latin Mp3.com Music Charts, with the song "Mars Express" holding at # 2 for three months straight on the Psychedelic Charts, and the song "Expensive Date," co-written with Rusty Anderson, hitting #1 In the Mod Genre.
Zallen is presently a member of the Alternative Rock Band MoonBaby.
Zallen is a self taught multi-instrumentalist and composer with quite a colorful musical past. He has licensed his music to over 100 TV shows, movie and commercials through Getty Images.
His compositions show a yearning for classic Rock and Pop melodies from yesteryear, with an ear towards the contemporary. Zallen is not content to sit still stylistically. Exploration is what seems to keep his passion burning throughout his numerous musical incarnations. Perhaps Tony Visconti (Producer of David Bowie, T-Rex, Morrisey.) sums it up best. "Zallen's music is awesome in scope, covers a lot of ground and different styles, with an emerging style of his own and has obviously paid much attention to the guitar heroes of our time as well as the best songwriters.
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