Mike Levine is this month’s conversation on Groove – The No Treble Podcast.
You can listen the new episode right here: Groove – The No Treble Podcast – Episode #86 – Mike Levine.
Who is Mike Levine?
One of the foundational rock bands that made me love the genre was Triumph. The rock n’ roll machine that is this Canadian hard rock trio formed in 1975, but it wasn’t until they played at 1983’s amazing three-day US Festival (on the “Metal Day”) that I fell madly deeply in love with them. In 1985, the band released an album called, Thunder Seven, and the subsequent tour became my first-ever live arena concert. Lights! Pyros! Wailing guitars! Sing-along choruses! Triumph did everything in a big way. Mike Levine has been holding down the bass fort (along with keyboards and backing vocals) since day one. Along with drummer/singer Gil Moore and guitarist/singer Rik Emmett, the band has charted an incredible career spanning 16 albums, 18 gold and 9 platinum awards. They were inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2007, into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2008, and into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2019. There is a documentary, Triumph – Rock & Roll Machine, that is on the way, as Mike reflects on a musical career that spans almost half of a century. Talk about some real ‘Magic Power’! Enjoy the conversation…
What is Groove – The No Treble Podcast?
This is an ambitious effort. This will be a fascinating conversation. Our goal at Groove is to build the largest oral history of bass players. Why Groove? Most of the content about the bass revolves around gear, playing techniques, and more technical chatter. For us, bassists are creative artists with stories to tell. They are a force to be reckon with. These are the stories and conversation that we will capture. To create this oral history of why these artists chose the bass, what their creative lives are like, and where inspiration can be found.
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