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Mike Patton

Background information
Birth name Michael Allan Patton
Born January 27, 1968 (1968-01-27) (age 42)
Eureka, California, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, Experimental music, Hip hop, Avant-garde metal, Alternative metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, various electronic instrumentation/programming, drums, percussions, bass, guitar
Years active 1985–present
Labels Ipecac, Tzadik, Warner Bros. Records, Slash
Associated acts Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom, Lovage, John Zorn, Kaada/Patton, Dillinger Escape Plan, Hemophiliac, Maldoror, General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners, Rahzel

Michael Allan "Mike" Patton (born January 27, 1968) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, composer, producer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, film actor, and voice actor, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Faith No More. He has also handled lead vocals for Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Lovage, Fantômas, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Zu and Peeping Tom.

Known best for his eclectic influences and numerous projects, Patton has earned critical praise for his diverse vocals, which touch on crooning, falsetto, death growls, rapping, chanting, mouth music, beatboxing and scatting, among other techniques; critic Greg Prato writes, "Patton could very well be one of the most versatile and talented singers in rock music."[1]

He has many producer or co-producer credits with artists such as John Zorn, Sepultura, The Melvins, Melt-Banana and Kool Keith. He co-founded Ipecac Recordings with Greg Werckman in 1999, and has run the label since.

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Biography

Early years

Patton was born and raised in Eureka, California, where he and his friends (including fellow long-time members Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn) formed Mr. Bungle circa 1984. During the late 80s they recorded the cassette-only demos The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, Goddammit I Love America, Bowel of Chiley and OU818 (featuring tracks that would appear on their first Warner Brothers album).

Joining Faith No More

Patton joined Faith No More in January 1989 and filled the vocal void left by the recently-fired Chuck Mosley, who moved on to the band Cement.
Faith No More's The Real Thing was released later the same year. The album reached the top ten on the charts thanks largely to MTV's heavy rotation of the Epic music video (which featured Patton in a T-shirt promoting his own band Mr. Bungle[2]).

In the United States, Faith No More would not again match the commercial success of The Real Thing. After three more studio albums (Angel Dust, King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime, and Album of the Year) Faith No More officially disbanded in 1998.[citation needed]

When interviewed about his lyrical content with Faith No More, Patton responded, "I think that too many people think too much about my lyrics. I am more a person who works more with the sound of a word than with its meaning. Often I just choose the words because of the rhythm not because of the meaning".[3]

Mr. Bungle and beyond

During his time in Faith No More, Patton continued to work with Mr. Bungle. His success in mainstream rock and metal ultimately helped secure Mr. Bungle a record deal with Warner Bros.[4] The band released a self-titled album (produced by John Zorn) in 1991, and the experimental Disco Volante[5] in 1995. Their final album, California, was released in 1999.

Patton's other projects included two solo albums in the Composer Series on John Zorn's Tzadik label (Adult Themes for Voice in 1996 and Pranzo Oltranzista in 1997). He is a member of Hemophiliac, in which he performs vocal effects along with John Zorn on saxophone and Ikue Mori on laptop electronics. This group is billed as "improvisational music from the outer reaches of madness".[citation needed] He has also guested on Painkiller and Naked City recordings. He has appeared many times on other Tzadik releases with Zorn and others.

There have been several projects over the years featuring Patton that have not been officially released, although some live bootlegs do circulate. These projects include House of Discipline (with Bob Ostertag and Otomo Yoshihide), Moonraker (with Agata Ichirou of Melt-Banana, Buckethead and DJ Eddie Def), Christian Fennesz and Mike Patton, and Patton & Rahzel. Patton contributed vocals to the Team Sleep song Kool-Aid Party, but the song did not make it onto the final album.[citation needed]

Patton performing with Fantômas at Quart Festival, Norway on July 9, 2005.

In 2004, Patton worked with Björk and the beat boxer Rahzel on her album, Medúlla.[6]

In 2005, Patton signed on to compose the soundtrack for the independent movie Pinion, marking his debut scoring an American feature-length film. However, this had been held up in production and may be on the shelf permanently.[7] His other film work includes portraying two major characters in the Steve Balderson film Firecracker. He has also expressed his desire to compose for film director David Lynch.

In February 2006, Mike Patton performed an operatic piece, composed by Eyvind Kang, at Teatro di Modena in Italy. Patton sang alongside vocalist Jessika Kinney, and was accompanied by the Modern Brass Ensemble, Bologna Chamber Choir, and Alberto Capelli and Walter Zanetti on electric and acoustic guitars. Patton remarked that it was extremely challenging to project the voice without a microphone.[8]

Patton's Peeping Tom album was released on May 30, 2006 on his own Ipecac label. The set was pieced together by swapping song files through the mail with collaborators like Norah Jones, Kool Keith and Massive Attack, Odd Nosdam, Jel, Doseone, Bebel Gilberto, Kid Koala, and Dub Trio.[citation needed]

"I don't listen to the radio, but if I did, this is what I'd want it to sound like", Patton said of the project. "This is my version of pop music. In a way, this is an exercise for me: taking all these things I've learned over the years and putting them into a pop format."
Mike Patton

In May 2007 performed with an orchestra a few concerts in Italy, by the name of Mondo Cane, singing italian oldies from the fifties and the sixties.

In 2007, Mike Patton played the voice of the eponymous force in the video game The Darkness,[9] working alongside Kirk Acevedo, Lauren Ambrose and Dwight Schultz. He also had a minor role in Valve Corporation's 2007 release, Portal as the voice of the Anger Sphere in the final confrontation with the insane supercomputer, GLaDOS. He has another role in the Valve title, Left 4 Dead, voicing the majority of the infected zombies.[10] In October, 2007 it was announced that he would be voicing the main character in Capcom's remake of their classic title, Bionic Commando. Mike also provided the voices of the monsters in the 2007 film I Am Legend starring Will Smith. Patton is known to be an avid video game player.[11]

He is regarded as very hard-working. Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum remarked about Patton "caffeine is the only drug he does", in reference to the Faith No More song Caffeine from the album Angel Dust, which Patton wrote while in the middle of a sleep-deprivation experiment.[citation needed] He also worked on the Derrick Scocchera short film "A Perfect Place" for the score/soundtrack, which is longer than the film itself.[citation needed]

In December 2008 along with Melvins, Patton co-curated an edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties Nightmare Before Christmas festival.[12] Patton chose half of the lineup and performed the album The Director's Cut in its entirety with Fantômas. Patton also appeared as Rikki Kixx in the Adult Swim show Metalocalypse in a special 2 part episode on August 24. [13].

In 2009 Patton created the soundtrack to the movie Crank : High Voltage.

On May 4 2010 the self-titled debut album of Mondo Cane, where Patton worked live with a 30-piece orchestra, will be released on Ipecac Recordings.

"Recorded at a series of European performances including an outdoor concert in a Northern Italian piazza, the CD features traditional Italian pop songs as well as a rendition of Ennio Morricone's "Deep Down"."[14]

Faith No More reunion

In February 2009, Faith No More announced that they were reforming for a tour and possibly new material, first as a footnote on a blurb for Patton's score for Crank: High Voltage and later as an official announcement on fnm.com [15]. Their first gig on the road again was at the Brixton O2 Academy in London, where 1991's Live at the Brixton Academy was recorded, on June 10th, 2009. They have played as one of three headliners at The Download Festival 2009, in Castle Donington, which was Faith No More's first time at the festival. Bassist Billy Gould has also stated that an American tour is "not out of the question". In June 2009 Faith No More announced that they will be headlining the NME stage at Reading & Leeds festival.[16] On July 4, Faith No More performed a concert together at the Open'er festival in Kosakowo Airport near Gdynia, Poland. Faith No More also played the large Roskilde Festival near the city of Roskilde, Denmark.[citation needed]. Faith No More also performed in Portugal in Festival do Sudoeste the 8th of August, where Mike Patton sang one song, Evidence, completely in Portuguese. They had already played the same song completely in Italian on June 14th, 2009, at the Rock in Idro Festival in Milan. Faith No More will be headlining the Australian Soundwave Festival in 2010. On the 27th of August 2009, Faith No More played in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland and were supported by local band Abebisi Shank. On September 1, 2009 Faith No More played at Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, supported by Monotonix and Dinosaur Jr.. August 2009 Faith No More headlined the Radio 1/NME Stage at both Leeds & Reading Festival where they played the theme tune to popular UK Soap Eastenders as part of their setlist. Faith No More also played in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of the Festival Maquinária, which also featured bands such as Jane's Addiction, Evanescence and Sepultura. Some of the summer shows started with Reunited, a song originally performed by Peaches & Herb.

Reactions to Fame

Patton (left) performing with a jazz band.

Patton has garnered critical praise and has been made an alternative rock icon; however, Patton's reaction to this fame has been unconventional. He has acted irreverently towards the music industry, and expressed his distaste for the infamous lifestyles of rock stars. In a 1995 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, he stated: "It's hard to see as much as you'd like to with our schedule on the road, but it's harder to do coke and fuck whores every night. Now that's a full time job."[17] His attitude towards popular music is also evident in his songwriting, as Allmusic critic Cammila Albertson writes: "When Patton sings 'Roll it up and smoke it again/Bottoms up and drink it again/Fix it up and shoot it again/ I can't believe I did it again,' (Mojo by Peeping Tom) he is keenly aware of the way it sounds for such an avant-garde composer as himself to recite perfect rock & roll cliches. His lyrics mock the self-important coolness of the music industry and self parody his own place in it."[18] His contempt for the over-the-top antics of figures in popular music is often cited as the main reason that Patton has always been so guarded about his privacy and personal life.[17]

Personal life

Patton married Italian artist Titi Zuccatosta in 1994. They separated in 2001. During an appearance on the radio show, LOVELINE (Listen), Patton said that it was a case of two people wanting different things and hinted that his excessive work habits may have been a factor. "It's very hard. It's a daily struggle", he commented in regards to the rigors of juggling a busy music career and a marriage. "It had to happen... Even though we knew each other really well when we got married, it doesn't get easier." He later added, "We're trying this. See what happens. There's still hope." Patton used to own a home in Bologna, Italy (which he sold around the time of the break-up), and speaks fluent Italian.[19] He was interviewed by music journalist Lucas H. Gordon and the answers were given by Patton in Italian.

Mike Patton has stated that he enjoyed his time in Faith No More:

"They were good years. It was a decade of my life. It was lots of ups and lots of downs, but ultimately that's where I learned my chops and learned the craft and the business."

Mike Patton, Artisan News Service

Patton's right hand is permanently numb from an on-stage incident during his third concert with Faith No More, where he accidentally cut himself on a broken bottle and severed the tendons and nerves in his hand. He can use his hand, but he has no feeling in it (despite his doctor telling him the opposite would happen).[20]

Discography

Filmography

Video games

  • 2007 - The Darkness - Voice of The Darkness (Starbreeze Studios)
  • 2007 - Portal - Voice of the Anger Sphere (Valve Software)
  • 2008 - Left 4 Dead - Infected voices (Valve Software)
  • 2009 - Bionic Commando - Voice of Nathan Spencer - the Bionic Commando (Capcom)
  • 2009 - Left 4 Dead 2 - Infected voices (Valve Software)

References

  • Zorn, John, ed. (2000). Arcana: Musicians on Music. New York: Granary Books/Hips Road. ISBN 1-887123-27-X.

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Quotes

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From Wikiquote

Mike Patton (born January 27, 1968) is an American musician, best known as the lead singer of the band Faith No More.

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  • I got one entire song from fortune cookies (Land of Sunshine). On another one, I took words from different Frank Sinatra songs and pasted them together. Another one, I was just driving around and there was a piece of paper on the ground, so I stole it.
    • Guitar Magazine, September 1992.
  • Puffy's the only guy who's jealous. "All drummers want to be singers. I think it's a myth that the singer needs to be the focus. Bands perpetuate that myth. With somebody like Sebastian Bach it makes sense. Look at him. He could be in an Avon ad.
    • Guitar Magazine, September 1992.
  • It's (RV) about a slob sitting around who doesn't do anything. I kind of identify with it.
    • Guitar Magazine, September 1992.
  • Big Jim is over and out, as far as I am concerned.
    • "Dangerous Jokers" - (Nieuwe Revu, 17-24 May 1995)
  • Trey Spruance didn't want to tour for ages. And Dean Menta has always been our guitar-roadie during Angel Dust, and I remember him playing fantastically during soundchecks. During each gig, he was watching from the side of the stage, seeing Big Jim play stuff that he could play better.
    • "Dangerous Jokers" - (Nieuwe Revu, 17-24 May 1995)
  • There's a lot of positive stuff to say about him... Why can't I think of any now? (laughs) Oh, here's something positive: Big Jim's best trait of character was that he has always been himself... which was his worst trait of character at the same time.
    • "Dangerous Jokers" - (Nieuwe Revu, 17-24 May 1995)
  • Oh, have you seen Beavis and Butt-Head when they watch one of our videos and Beavis goes: 'These guys sound just like the Chili Peppers?' As if I haven't heard that one before!"
    • "Dangerous Jokers" - (Nieuwe Revu, 17-24 May 1995)
  • Recently, a girl chained herself to me with hand-cuffs after a gig, just because I refused to talk to her. I politely declined, though. I am a well-bred boy. I don't want to be too specific, but... it got pretty ugly.
    • "Dangerous Jokers" - (Nieuwe Revu, 17-24 May 1995)
  • Despite the aural onslaught, King (For A Day) is not an assault I think it's us being us, more than anything. I think we finally had the resources to be us on this record.
    • "Faith No More" - (CMJ New Music Monthly, April 1995)
  • Revenge is good. I think revenge is healthy too, and if you can use music in that way, a sort of therapeutic way for yourself, it can't do any harm. So if King (For A Day...Fool For A Lifetime) is angry in any way, it's angry in a random, chaotic, healthy way. Like the guy who goes into a building, shoots a bunch of holes in the wall and then leaves. He didn't kill anybody.
    • "Faith No More" - (CMJ New Music Monthly, April 1995)
  • We just wanna be the happy bums that we are. That's all.
    • "Faith No More" - (CMJ New Music Monthly, April 1995)

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  • I've encouraged all pharmacists to have all hands on deck. It's going to be a nightmare.
  • The governor wants the pharmacies to fill prescriptions, if given valid prescriptions, and I think basically as an organization we have the same expectations, but to also insure the right of pharmacists and the right of the patients as well.
  • Let's just say we're closer musical friends now. A lot of these people are strangers to me. They were out of sight but very much in mind.
  • It's time, money and effort. For what?

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