From: Illinois,United States
Born in Oakland, California, resident of San Diego by the age of 3, Dead Mic seemed to always be around music. He remembers his childhood likes its one big soundtrack. Whether it was his mom who he resided with most of his younger childhood blasting rock music, or his dad listening to country, the radio was always on. With his mom being more lenient with what he listened to, Dead Mic was able to get his hands on hip-hop. It was no doubt his favorite thing to listen to. It was the different sounds, the rhythm, and the fact you could just say how you felt. When he was on any kind of visit with his father there was absolutely no compromise. It was nothing but country. That only added up to a bunch of confiscated hip-hop tapes and cds. Only resulting in curiosity as to why were people so scared of this music. “Hip-hop seemed to be on trial nationally” he says, remembering a protest he’d seen on television taking place in Washington D.C. Needless to say Dead Mic grew to hip-hop as hip-hop grew to him. Hip-hop to him was the truth. The music stated what he saw in a creative way. It was all about the delivery. At the age of 9 Dead Mic’s mom handed over custody of him and his younger brother to their father. Drugs had taken such a toll on her she couldn’t quite hold it together. Dead Mic went to live with his grandparents for about a year in Ukiah, California, until his dad came to get him and his brother when he got out of the navy.
Born Michael House on March 10,1981, Dead Mic grew up in different parts of California & Washington State always seeming to return to the San Diego area. After Dead Mic’s father gained custody of him and his brother they moved from Mendocino County with their grandparents in Ukiah, to El Cajon, CA, outside of San Diego. There Dead Mic’s Father re-married and the family moved to Rockford, Illinois. Due to a series of unfortunate events in Rockford, The state of Illinois gained custody of Dead Mic and his brother. Already separated from his baby sister, Dead Mic was now separated from his brother 99% of the time, remaining in and out of different juvenile residential facilities across the state through his adolescent years. Trapped by feelings of loneliness and that there was no one he could trust, Dead Mic soon found a way out through a pen and a piece of paper. He learned to express his inner thoughts and self through poetry. His talent for poetry, being able to illustrate a picture with words to a reader, with words that rhyme, soon made a transition into song lyrics. With an appreciation for music ranging from hip-hop, classic rock, r&b, to jazz, writing lyrics came naturally to the young writer. At the age of 17 Dead Mic was placed in an independent living program by the state in Waukegan, IL, allowing him to have his own apartment. There he was introduced to a rap group called the Armed Rebels through a cousin of one of the group members. Hanging out with them is when Dead Mic was first introduced to the art of a freestyle. Already a patron of hip-hop he couldn’t help but to try it himself. Writing songs throughout his bid in the Illinois State penitentiary system at the age of 18, upon release at the age of 20 Dead Mic began recording his very first songs in the basement of a girlfriends house. He produced, wrote, and recorded his first cd entitled PaleFace. Making a few dollars selling that cd out of the trunk of a car was enough to keep Dead Mic working on music with the hopes he could actually get paid and make a living making music. Since then Dead Mic has collaborated with a bunch of underground talented artist, featured on underground mixtapes, and performed with what he considers the best, the microphone!
The immense determination to make something of his life and to be able to help others, Dead Mic continues to do what he loves and has vowed to never give up. The goal isn’t necessarily even a record deal, “it’s just to be able to make a comfortable living doing something I’m passionate about” he states without thinking. Dead Mic stays busy trying to network and collaborate with as many artists as he can. Steadily doing his thing locally wherever he’s living, doing shows at bars, clubs, civic centers, colleges, and outdoor events, Dead Mic wants to branch out to listeners across the globe. Moving forward and never looking back, be on the look out for more Dead Mic. With his much anticipated release of the cd “Dead On The Moon” coming January 1,2010, to his first music video for his song “Dead Sexy”, he hopes to make his first major move.