I met Mike at The Canteen in Bristol. Jilk were supporting him on the bill. I was blown away by his set. I was great to meet another classically trained musician who’d turned to alternative “pop” and combines his instrument with the same nods to hip hop and UK rave culture; just as I have been doing. Since meeting, we’ve performed on the same bill a number of times, he as Mike Dennis and me as T-toe; it just seems to work. So it was inevitable that we would collaborate before too long!
Mike Dennis performs regularly as a solo act. He also hosts the Open Mike nights at Bristol’s Grain Barge as well as hosting a monthly night at the Full Moon in Cardiff.
“Mike Dennis is a classically-trained violinist whose boyhood love of Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Gangstarr led him to create a unique kind of string-heavy hip hop music he half-seriously refers to as Violinica. “