Who Is Mike Messer?
Mike Messer is a singer, composer, poet, guitarist, actor, producer, session singer/player, and teacher based in New York City. He is the leader of the progressive indie folk rock band "Adoraborealis" which has a new album out called "Live and In Two Persons" and a new single called "Come to the Canyon"
He plays "Nate", the put-upon "I.T. Guy" in Wasabi Technologies’ music commercials and PSAs. Mike’s singing voice can be heard on TV’s SEX, DRUGS & ROCK N ROLL, WONDER PETS, SING IT, LAURIE, and in the theme song of the international smash animated series SUPER WINGS.
Performing and making people feel good throughout the world has been Mike's honor. The U.S.A., Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Panama, Mexico, Cuba, Bahrain, Japan, Italy, Guam, Spain, and Greece. He's appeared on HBO, CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, Noggin, and SESAME STREET. He’s shared the stage with Bill Haley’s Comets, Darlene Love, Simon Townsend, the late great rock and soul legend (and 6th Beatle) Billy Preston, and starred in the first production of the love rock musical HAIR to play in Beirut, Lebanon
He produces his original music in his Harlem studio “Electric Lennyland” (named both as an homage to Jimi Hendrix’s and to Mike’s beloved cat, Lenny), where he composes and performs soundtracks, jingles, and voice-overs. His clients include the New York Times, Bank of Boston, Popsicle, and education.com. He also teaches lessons and is a producer for hire. (Message through this site for inquiries!)
Alongside his career with Adoraborealis, Mike is a big part of the independent kids' music ("Kindie") community. He's well known as the lead singer of the beloved Nick Jr. children's group The Dirty Sock Funtime Band (which plays "some of the most innovative and imaginative kids' music ever" - MTV). He also is a core member of the Rock and Roll Playhouse Band, and co-hosted their musical live streams, which entertained kids of Jam Band fans through the pandemic, and managed to chart as well! Mike’s own pandemic online streaming “Cooped Up Concerts” brought families and friends together daily, and from around the world.
Mike's uplifting, engaging, and delightfully fun personality shines through his music and creates an atmosphere that makes his performances special. Mike's music for young people is a mix of clever, fun, get-up-and-dance songs, beautiful tributes to our favorite things (from beloved pets to mom and dad), and even some kid-friendly covers and funked up versions of children’s music favorites to keep you dancing and clapping along! Playing concerts and live events, Mike teaches public and private “Mommy (or Daddy) and Me” music classes and Rock n' Roll after-school all around NYC. Mike's passion for music, infectious energy, and happy vibe inspire thousands of children each year to appreciate and cultivate a love for music.
Bring Mike to play at your child’s birthday party, and he will cater his performances to your needs: -Musical toys (like shakers, scarves, and tambourines), which help engage kids with the music. -Learning and playing your favorite songs - from popular children's hits to family favorites. -Customizing the experience to your needs - different set lengths and styles depending on age groups and spaces, solo or band performances, etc. (To book, please message through this site!)
Mike holds a BFA in drama from Carnegie Mellon University, and he also studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England.
Mike makes his home in NYC, he’s also lived and worked in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Black Rock City, and Pittsburgh… but he originally comes from Rockland, NY, where all the ROCK comes from. At the end of the day, his message to all music fans, young, old, and anywhere in between is this: Always be free to express yourself.. Be YOU like its your job. :)