Mike Borgia is an Italian American singer-songwriter with over two decades of experience as a professional musician and performer. Mike is in constant pursuit of musical sustainability.
Born in New York, Mike spent his teens playing clubs as guitarist and backup singer in a progressive metal band. His style slowly evolved to include other genres, notably punk and indie rock. During the 1990s and into the early 2000s he fronted the popular indie rock band “Tread.”
In 2001 Mike embarked on a solo career and over the next decade performed several tours of the UK. During this time he released nine solo records. His UK tours garnered him a loyal fan-base which allowed him to maintain a steady career as a touring recording artist.
In 2011 he formed the band “The Problems”. He is now releasing albums with his band as well as solo endeavors.
A new record is in the works. It will be his 15th release to date. You will hear fresh new songs in line with the style of The Problems’ previous recordings. Check out his latest record “Who Cares” now available on all major streaming services.
To date he has 11 albums collectively and over a decade as an active professional.
Jayashree Krishnan – She left Math to pursue Her Art
Hi, can you introduce yourself to our community and tell us more about the experiences that you offer through Verlocal?
Hi, I am Jayashree. I love playing with paint every day. Two years ago, I stumbled upon an absolutely addictive and amazing style of art called Fluid Painting. After many trials and experiments, I have come up with a way to teach anyone (with little or no background in painting) how to make absolutely beautiful pieces of art in three hours.
Tell us about your background: When did you first become inspired to do what you love?
Ever since I can remember, I have sketched, doodled and painted. However, all through my college years and years afterward, I studied and later taught Mathematics. Not art. It is art that brings me joy. In a moment of epiphany, two years ago, I decided to pursue making art as a full-time job. Now, I rent a large studio space at a prime location, teach workshops to share my work, participate in 15 local juried shows, take on large commission pieces for clients and paint all the time. I truly enjoy every minute of it.
What does your passion mean to you?
It is the fuel that keeps me going every day.
What made you want to pursue your passion and become a host?
My background in teaching has made it easy for me to share my work and the process in an effective manner with anyone that is interested. I have invested a lot of time in breaking down the steps to making a fabulous piece of artwork. It is really the most fun and rewarding experience for me to see someone else follow the steps and make it their own.
How would you describe the link between your classes and the community around you?
After starting these workshops, I held one at my studio for some youth in the community that is at risk of dropping out from school. Along with their mentors, 12 youth came over to create artwork. It was probably one of the most rewarding aspects of what I do when I get to share and be involved in giving back to the community.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn more about your passion?
Like what I told one of my Verlocal students who wants to pursue this form of art on her own, you have to keep at it. Learn from the mistakes, take the risks and keep making more art. Take what you have learned and make it your own.
How long have you been living in Seattle? What are some insider tips you’d like to recommend to someone who just moved to the city?
I have lived here for 25 years and have a lot to share. The Pacific Northwest is rich in natural beauty with hiking trails within driving distance and tons of other outdoor activities apart from fun things to do within the city.
What is your favorite piece of work and the story behind it?
I am getting ready with a series in preparation for a solo show on March 9th in Capitol Hill, Seattle. My favorite piece is one that was inspired by a hiking trail in North Bend. It is titled “Rattlesnake Reflections”.
Tell us about your favorite moment/ biggest achievement since you start teaching art.
One of my youngest students was a 12-year old that made a beautiful circular painting she wanted to turn into a clock. Her mother later told me that she redesigned her room around the colors of her painting.
What are your goals for the future?
To make art that starts conversations; to bring people from all walks of life together through art.
Any recommendations for someone who might want to start exploring a new passion?
Yes. Just try it. Experiences are richer than any other way to spend your time. You can only grow from them. What is stopping you?
What does Verlocal mean to you?
It has been very easy to set up the workshops on my calendar and let Verlocal take on the rest. It frees up my time and lets me create more art. I love that so many different people sign up for workshops. It makes the experience a rich one.
Share one quote that resonates with you the most and what it means for you?
You will never know until you try it. I tell myself this whenever I want to try something new and there is some hesitation.
When I began in the arts industry 5 years ago I was amazed at the number of new artists popping up every day. Our site receives event information from numerous websites on a daily basis. What we also obtain is profile information on new artists. Even more interesting, in my opinion, was and still is the number of new EDM (electronic dance music) artists. If you are a generation ‘X’er like myself, the EDM scene may sound somewhat foreign or new. But after doing some research I have discovered the DJ scene has been around for several decades.
Wikipedia states – EDM is generally produced for playback by disc jockeys (DJs) who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix, by segueing from one recording to another. EDM producers also perform their music live in a concert in what is sometimes called a live PA.
According to Google Trends, EDM today is the fastest growing music genre. The genre is not exclusive to ‘rave culture’ as once forseen. Festivals are now dedicated to the popular genre that bring in thousands of fans. A-list musicians across genres are collaborating with these so-called EDM artists. David Guetta, who began as a DJ in Paris in the 80s recalls how it all began.
“There was a movement called ‘disco sucks’. It was a shame to like disco, but then there was no music to dance to, so some DJs started to use old disco records, but the B-sides and the acapellas, and we began producing beats with drum machines.” Guetta said.
“I remember buying those records and the label (vinyl sticker). DJs would use old records and print on top of it, melt it, and print on the top, very low quality, this was super, super underground.” So disco music is EDM’s predecessor.
“I started in ’88 to play House music, it was a huge revolution for me. I went to London and I saw a DJ on stage and that was crazy at the time. I was one of the really respected and famous DJs in Paris, but they would never show me. I was hidden. A DJ on stage and people dancing and facing the DJ, looking at him? I was like ‘wow!'” says Guetta.
“This is what happened – it was born in the U.S., but the U.K. made it trendy. And it became a massive movement in Europe, but never in the U.S., which is crazy. I think America is always creating the new movement and then the U.K. has this genius of taking this concept and making it accessible to the masses.”
“It’s an evolution. The thing is that, every musical genre starts from the underground, gets trendy, then it becomes popular, and then it dies or it is reinvented in a different way,” says Guetta.
It’s a genre here to stay and is making quite a prominent mark in music history. To find EDM events near you visit
Acid Tongue is an American-bred garage band heavily influenced by AM-radio soul, folk and psychedelic rock
The band is composed of Guy Keltner, Ian Cunningham, & Jacob Rose – perverted in their youth by adolescent exposure to mind-altering substances and strange, spiritually-driven parenting techniques.
After years of extensive traveling throughout the United States, as well as some experimental therapy in a Mexican yurt, the boys have united to produce their take on the music of their parents’ generation. Incorporating imagery of the afterlife, dream-states and drifter-culture, Acid Tongue seeks to enlighten listeners to their swingin, contemplative lifestyle. Catch them at a live show – Acid Tongue Eventsfy.com/artist/acid-tongue
Five years ago, Maiah Manser moved to Seattle to pursue a career in music. Since then, she has worked both as a solo artist, as well as with a variety of projects including: Mary Lambert (as a touring vocalist featured on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, Good Morning America, & VH-1’s You Oughta Know), The Esoterics, and Pollens.
Maiah began her solo career playing for EMPs Sound Off! 2013 competition.
In Sept 2014, her song ‘Hold Your Head Up’ was featured in City Arts Magazine’s Top 5 Most Attractive Singles.
Her debut EP, ‘Second Skin’ with producer Buddy Ross (Frank Ocean), will be coming out early 2017.
Often compared to female power houses like Kate Bush, Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs, Björk & Adele, Maiah strives to fuse the digital and the organic in every aspect of her music.
Watch Netflix’s Abstract – Episode 3 – Es Devlin Stage Designer. This episode truly portrays how Live Performances are becoming an ever-increasing wonderful and immersive experience. This is why we believe so much in Live Performances!