Rock the Votes Ambassadors

Featured Rock the Vote Artist

Rockin Playlist
Song Name Artist Album Genre Time
1. Arrested In El Paso Blues Tumbledown Empty Bottle Alternative 2:28
2. Places In This Town Tumbledown Empty Bottle Alternative 2:38


Mike of Tumbledown

Tell us about your first concert experience:
My first big production rock show I went to was U2 on the ZooTV tour. The show was pretty massive in the Tacoma Dome here in Washington. The Pixies opened and I loved their show. I didn't know the songs back then but they rocked. U2 was really, really good and of course I didn't have much to compare it to. But it was great nonetheless!

If you couldn’t be a musician, what would you be doing instead?
Maybe I would own a software company, and if I'm choosing I'd say Apple and Microsoft! Why not have my cake and eat it too?

If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Elvis Costello. He's a man out of time. He wrote the book on modern songwriting and takes his influences from the most contemporary to the very fringe of what we know to be music. In other words, he likes a wide variety of music and I respect that.

If you became President, what is the first action you would take?
I would fire all elected officials! I would also send all corporate lobbyists to a desert island where water turns to oil when touched. What? That's not allowed?

What social cause is closest to your heart?
The social ones! More specifically education. I think it's very important for young people to have a good start in life. In my opinion, most social issues are connected and feed into one another. More education equals less poverty. Less poverty equals more happiness. And so it goes.

What does the right to vote mean to you?
It's my voice in this country. No matter what the outcome seems to be, knowing that I have or had a part in it is very important to me.

What bands or artists did you listen to when you were in high school?  And which bands or artists influenced your style the most?
In high school I listened to the Descendants, All, he Beatles, the Stray Cats, Black Flag, NOFX, Operation Ivy, Bad Religion, Green Day, Beastie Boys, U2 and the Violent Femmes, just to name a few. All of these bands had a big influence on me.

What activity or group were you involved with in high school that might surprise people today?
I was on the debate team but I only went to one debate tournament because I had shows every weekend.

What's the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in high school? (personal or academic)
My biggest personal obstacle was just finding my place in the world. Punk rock was where I really seemed to fit in but sometimes I felt like an outsider in that scene too.

Do you do any volunteer or community work when you're not on tour?
I do many benefit shows locally for various organizations. Relay For Life, Kitsap Food Bank and Children's Cancer Fund, just to name a few.

What change would you like to see in our society in the next year?
I'd like politics to become less subservient to corporations and more policy based on the workers and backbone of America.

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