Born and raised in Southern California to Ex-Soviet immigrants, I first began tinkering with technology and computers at age 3. Figuring out DOS and playing a lot of the original Doom comprise some of my earliest childhood memories. My grandfather bought my dad a guitar for his 40th birthday which first introduced me to the world of musicianship. I spent a lot of time practicing on that nylon strung classical until I managed to convince my parents to buy me a real electric guitar at around the age of 14. From then on, I was fascinated with technical musicianship and idolized all of the usual guitarists that 14 year old metalheads usually does.

Coming out of my band at 18, I became really interested in producing my own music. Working hard to afford all of the gear and software, as well as learning how to use it, became my #1 priority. I’d spend time obsessing over all of the little details in the albums that I loved and would dream up of millions of different ways to try and achieve that sound. My entire learning process was (and still is) to never think you’re fine with where your skills are. There is always room to improve, never settle and plateau yourself prematurely. Also, you never know who can teach you something!

My goals are to help people succeed with music, and to hopefully make my mark in some meaningful way. I remember what it felt like thinking that something was unattainable. “I’ll never be that good” or “My music will never sound that cool.” I aim to change anyone’s mind who feels this way. Many musicians and engineers try to hide their process in fear of someone taking their job, but that’s just an absurd notion. In my efforts to help people, I will present my musical process as transparently as possible.

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— Michael Markie