Mike Wittrien- mercenary bassist currently living in central Pennsylvania. A musician-of-fortune, willing to work for the highest bidder. Just like the A-Team, only a lot easier to hire.
Pretty intense, right?
My name is Mike, and I play bass. Electric and upright. I’ve been doing so since I was a little kid (thanks Ma for driving me to lessons). My best friend James and I used to lug our amps down into my parent’s basement, where we’d crank them wide open and pretend we were in Metallica for a few hours. I blame those days as the main reason why I’m always saying “What?!” and asking people to repeat themselves.
I’ve been a full-time professional musician since I got out of school in 2002. So far it’s been an interesting ride. I shared my first apartment with three other people, where we’d play fun games like “Dishes Standoff,” “Who Left Their Beard Trimmings All Over The Sink?” and “Your Cat Peed On My Rug!” The rent was $142.50 a month, which wasn’t always easy to scrape up. Thankfully, Tina’s burritos were only $.20 and only sort of tasted like cardboard. Despite this, it was a nice setup- everyone was really cool and I had the place to myself for practice during the day while gigging at night. “There is scarcely any passion without struggle,” or something like that. Thanks, Camus.
In 2005, I got a break and landed my bread and butter gig in the house band at the American Music Theatre, where I’ve been playing for the past ten years. It’s a pretty great job, and I’m thankful they’ve kept me around and let me grow as a player. I’ve met a ton of really cool people and get to play a lot of different styles. It keeps me on my toes and is a constant reminder of what I need to work on and how far I still have to go.
Eventually, I’d like to write a more standard bio but I feel silly talking about myself in the third person, so just head over to what my friends have to say about what I do and how I do it and feel free to draw your own conclusions from that, or get a hold of me here!