For the last eight years, Mike Pinto has crafted an exceptional style of songwriting, with truly unique rhymes that raise the bar in today's music. Pinto's sound blends Reggae, Ska, Surf, and even Latin rhythms, but it's his distinct voice and seamless storytelling that has brought him success in the U.S. and abroad. With his first full-length album, Little District (2005), Mike combined his lyrical vision with full horn sections, organs, heavy bass lines, samples, and hip-hop beats.
With the release of his debut album, Mike began his attack of the Philadelphia music scene as a solo artist. By 2006, immediate underground success allowed him to expand, playing clubs, colleges, radio stations and festivals throughout the East Coast. Mike then tried his luck westward, with two nation-wide solo acoustic tours playing in 20 US Cities.
After the second tour, Mike Pinto decided to relocate to Ocean Beach, San Diego, where he immersed himself in the thriving SoCal music scene. He assembled a band to help fully conceptualize his work and continued writing what would soon become his self-titled second album. Over this time, he played upwards of 150 shows, and gained experience as he promoted not only his own shows but also those of other local musicians throughout Southern California. Horn players from the band Slightly Stoopid and John Brown's Body have backed his act. His single "One More Time" was also featured on San Diego Sound Scope, a compilation of which 20,000 copies were produced and distributed by Insomnia Radio in an effort to encourage tourism in the San Diego area.
Mike's music quickly traveled out of the states throughout Japan, Guam, and Hawaii. Mike became part of a compilation in Japan for One Big Family Records. He was flown out to Guam, where he played on three radio stations and sold out two shows. Recently, he visited Oahu, the Big Island and Maui, packing small clubs which he promoted on local radio stations.
In November of 2007, Mike Pinto released his self-titled album, collaborating with legendary drummer Chuck Treece (G Love, Bad Brains, McRad). The new album was featured on Itunes reggae page and CdBaby, and has started a cult following worldwide. With over 2000 myspace hits a day, the sophomore disc is already proof that the first album was no fluke, and that it won't be long before Mike Pinto emerges from today's underground music scene.
* Released acoustic album "Everything I Got" April 2009
* Three national tours (two with a band) in a 6-month period (July '09 –Nov. '09)
* Has played live shows with horns/members of Slightly Stoopid and Sublime
* Has shared bills with SOJA, Rebelution, John Brown's Body, The Aggrolites, Buck O Nine
* Songs featured on Surfline.com