2015 has been quite a year for Mike Viola. After producing Ryan Adams's Grammy nominated self-titled album, and Jenny Lewis's "The Voyager", Mike spent the last year (summer 2014-summer 2015) touring the world, playing guitar for The Shining. Frisbie is incredibly fortunate to have had Mike on board from the beginning. As he recalls it, 'taking the Vespa without a license plate through smelly SOHO morning traffic... always at least 10 minutes late for whatever session we were doing'. But, Mike set the bar so high for songwriting, performance and production, we couldn't let him go when he re-located to LA.
A prolific Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, producer and recording artist, Mike Viola first came into the national spotlight as founder and frontman of the Candy Butchers. After 3 albums with Sony, Mike became known for not only creating music for award-winning films ("Get Him To The Greek," "Walk Hard," "That Thing You Do!"), but also writing and producing for other artists (Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Andrew McMahon, Matt Nathanson, New Politics, Fall Out Boy, Brett Dennen, Mandy Moore, Rachael Yamagata, Tim Christensen, Gin Wigmore, Jill Sobule, Dan Wilson).