Music carries a different meaning for each of us. We all long to hear those songs that can bring us back to the roots of true American artistry; when it was about who we are, where we’ve been, and where we were heading. The kind of music you heard from the backseat of your parents’ station wagon, full of life and originality, harkening back to its beginnings while still being fresh and new.
That’s where Mick Hayes comes in today. He melds our history, our present, and creates the future of the genre with his somehow familiar yet innovative sound influenced by styles from across America. Mick spent most of his career playing in and between Nashville, Los Angeles, and Atlanta until his love of his hometown brought him back to Western New York and the rich, gritty music culture there. He continues to perform both in front of tens of thousands and in intimate settings. His voice takes the forefront with influences from soul, blues, funk, and rock & roll while his guitar that has been under his arm since he was seven years old, is like an extension of his own voice and story.
Mick has played with countless greats, not the least of which Stevie Wonder – who after hearing Mick, asked if he would join him on stage to sing with him and add a little harmonica to Mick’s “Those 3 Words”. He has also been billed alongside great artists such as Deep Purple, the Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Dickie Betts, Delbert McClinton, Robin Trower, Cheap Trick, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Najee, Los Lonely Boys and many others.
Having been recognized by The Grammy Awards Committee in 2016 in the “Best Traditional R&B Performance” and “Best R&B Song” categories for his single, “For Realski’s,” Mick is looking forward to what the future brings.
Mick’s words about the Vibe Machine:
“Finally my Vibe search is over!!! I have spent countless dollars and hours researching boutique vibe pedals that you cannot try in music stores around the world. I found myself disappointed time and time again. On my studio recordings I have used an original Uni-Vibe I have owned for quite sometime but it’s never taken outside of those scenarios! When it came to the live shows I told myself I can live without that specific effect or better yet, avoid those songs. Since hearing the DryBell Vibe Machine I cannot emphasize enough how impressed I am. When I strum a chord it just keeps pulsing/throbbing and with my semi-hollow guitar it gives me the PERFECT feedback and feel for those dramatic intro’s we guitarists love. That is something other “VIBE” pedals just didn’t do for me. I’m proud to say that my Vibe Machine is now being built on to a custom Vertex Effects system so that I have it at all gigs and for the studio too! Thanks to Zvonch and the team for being such an integral part of my tone.