Todd MichaelsenMusic Producer / Songwriter / Soundtrack Composer
I am a singer, songwriter, producer, & film composer originally from upstate NY. I now reside just outside of New York City in my "Dragon's Lair Studio" in NJ.
My goal is to communicate emotion through the language of sound & song- and help others do the same. I've written thousands of songs and I've produced an endless catalog of cinematic material. I love working with film makers and other musicians on all kinds of projects. I specialize in melodic, ambient, and pop sound scapes but I enjoy branching out into any new territory I find exciting.
I composed the score & wrote original songs for Nina Paley's critically acclaimed animated feature film "Sita Sings the Blues" which has won numerous awards around the world. I've collaborated with world- renowned artists such as Karsh Kale and the Grammy-nominated Anoushka Shankar.
My main musical outlet is My Pet Dragon, a pop/rock duo I founded with my wife, dancer/musician Reena Shah. MPD released an album called "Mountains and Cities" in 2011 to critical acclaim & incredible fan response. The single "Moonshine" received national radio airplay and was even featured in a national commercial for Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine airing on the Discovery Channel. We performed at major U.S. music festivals including Summerfest, SXSW, NXNE, Kahbang, Catalpa, The Breckenridge Beer Festival, & SAWFest. We've shared stages with TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, Deftones, Bassnectar, The Walkmen, and MuteMath among others. We are currently working on a major MPD release project here in 2014.
REENA SHAH -- MOGRA QUEEN MGMT
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