The Beat Behind the Best
"...the energy of Keith Moon with the power of John Bonham"--UMA (United Music
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mike Fass was a percussionist for the Evil Eyes in
the early 1970s when, upon the departure of their drummer and with no success
in finding as good a replacement, he was persuaded to switch to drums. It was a
great decision. That decade saw rock and pop groups performing at volume levels
never before reached. To accomodate this, Mike developed an explosive power
style to cut through, making him one of the seventies' best hard hitters.
Initially, some finesse was sacrificed for the sake of force but soon he became
a classic stylist in addition to being a notably brute force in rock and pop.
It is no accident, then, that so many of his biggest drum heroes were power
Mel Taylor of the Ventures
Matt Betton of Sonny & Cher
Ron Tutt of Elvis
Nigel Olssen of the Elton John Band
Bobby Figueroa of the Beach Boys
Dennis Bryon of the Bee Gees
Mike was a major force behind the creation and popularity of one of pop
music's dance genres, freestyle. As studio drummer and percussionist on
Neon Fire's seminal foray, "On Another Highway" in 1983, he and the
group, although actually a rock band, became the "Fathers of Freestyle"
by being the first
recording act to blend the melodic, harmonic and structural sensibility of
straight pop music with the experimental patterns of electro funk. Industry
executives had no niche market for the song at the time although it did get
airplay on urban stations. By 1988, dance clubs around the country were playing
it and it became hot in the south with its biggest impact arguably on Florida.
Young Spanish and Latin dance pop groups took to the sound and, by 1994, it
finally had a name: freestyle, after the dance that often accompanied it.
Surprisingly, all the drums and percussion on "Highway" were real, even though
the style has always been computer programmed by all others, giving his
performance on it a further distinction. One newspaper even wrote them up
erroneously as "computer pop".
Among the artists with whom Mike Fass has performed and/or shared the bill are:
The Golden Eagles
The Evil Eyes
The Happydale Inmates
The Henry Williams Comedy Troupe
The Harbour Lights Players
Charles Womack & No Exit
The Skinny Vinny Band
The Sin Taxes
Electro-Z (now known as Dasher)
The Bleu Ocean Explosion
Friendly and reliable
Solid reputation for successful emergency fill-ins
Has celebrated back-up drummer to cover any possible over-booking
Concert tours, engagements, club dates, recording sessions, corporate events,
festivals and last-minute replacement.