Since finally managing to escape a rewardingly hectic life in London’s music industry, Mike Willox has immersed himself in Bristol’s burgeoning live music scene creating projects as diverse as deconstructive jazzers The Pollinators, the psychadelic post-prog experience that is Smith and Willox to the contagiously foot-tapping and hip-swinging latin big band The Magnificent Seven. His ability to charm and engage the discerning audiences of this dynamic city underlines his skill as a consummate musician and entertainer.
Over the years Mike has played with Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Communards, Tanita Tikaram, Roberto Milano, Andy Sheppard, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Don Weller, Iain Ballamy and even the legendary Japanese Rock God: Tomoyasu Hotei.
As a sound designer and composer Mike earned a nomination for BBC Radio 3′s New Composer for his found-sound work The Big Picture as well as Playstation credits that include The Curse: Eye of Isis and Rescue Heroes – Molten Menace.
Remix credits with long time partner Lightfoot include The Fatback Band, Mary J Blige, 3Mustapha3 and Lightnin Hopkins, all of which have had extensive airplay on Radio 1 and Kiss FM among others.
Whilst working at The Place for the London Contemporary Dance Theatre’s professional classes Mike was required to demonstrate the utmost concentration and improvisational skill at the piano. This cemented his reputation as a musician capable of responding to the most diverse demands at the highest level.