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Modern Bear discovers there more to musician Mike Flanagan than fur and beefcake…
When did you first know you were musically inclined?
“From the time I started on saxophone when I was 10, it felt pretty natural. Music always moved me and creating it myself just felt right.”
How many instruments do you play?
“Saxophone and piano, saxophone being my principle, are my main instruments and the only instruments I perform on professionally. I also play flute, clarinet, a little trumpet, a little bass, and a little percussion.”
Was your family supportive of you performing?
“Absolutely! My grandfather was my original inspiration/teacher. He started teaching me piano when I was 14 and he would help me practice saxophone before that. He played trumpet and sang and played great chords on piano so I got a ton of it from him.”
Tell us about MRF Mob Music?
“MRF is my initials and it just feels right with that representing me as my artist name. Mob Music is slightly more complex to explain. Mob Music started as a night in Boston at LGBT cornerstone, Club Cafe/Napoleon Room with myself and Lisa Bello. We took Thursday nights and made them our own and Mob Music, which started as a joke because we are both Italian, almost became our band name and really the power involved in our music and stage presence. Justin Waithe came in one night and started harmonizing with us and immediately Mob Music was complete. He was the piece that completed the vision. Sheree Dunwell also came in and everything became stacked with beautiful 3-part harmony. Mob Music is really our band name, but the album being my sophomore project, we decided to name the album that.”
What’s next for your career?
“We will be releasing my next Music Video for my song “Trying”. Trying is the radio single from the Mob Music album and it’s on over 60 radio stations both nationally and internationally. I’m super excited about this Music Video as it features myself and another bear in a love and loss narrative. So excited about this one! I also just started working on my next project. We are at the very beginning stages but it will be out sometime in 2015.”
Photo by Patrick Lentz
What does the term “Bear” mean to you?
“A community within a community that celebrates, desires, and finds immense beauty in physical features that the mainstream eye (and most of the straight world) happens to deem unattractive.”
What’s your idea of a perfect date?: “Scrabble and a Pixar movie.”
How would you describe your personal interior design style?:
“I’m a little OCD, so everything is typically neat and organized, but inadvertently accented with Boxer and man fur.”
What kind of music do you listen to?: “Very tough question for a musician, but if it sounds good and has integrity, I dig it!”
Location: “Boston but moving to Los Angeles.”
Hair: Dark Brown/Balding
Fitness Routine: “4-5 days in the gym, 1 day of yoga and 2 days volleyball. Gym is a combination of different kinds of training I’ve done over the last 15 years. Lots of focus on proportion typically something like this – Day 1: Back (starting with deadlifts every other week) and bis, Day 2: Chest, Tris, Abs, Day 3: Legs – Day 4: Shoulders, traps, Day 5 – Arms, Abs. Sometimes I’ll break legs up to hit them twice a week.”
Photo by Patrick Lentz
Occupation: Music: “Out Musician/Performing-Recording Artist/Educator.”
Hobbies: “Writing music/songs, dog park or beach with my boxer, volleyball, concerts, ASL-Meetups, eating.”
Guilty Pleasure Snack: “I will never stop eating banana bread. Ever!”
TV Faves: “Real Time with Bill Maher, Orange is the New Black, Modern Family, The Voice, Friends, Noah’s Ark, L Word, Big Bang Theory.”
Last good movie you saw: “X-Men – just see it!”
Currently Reading: “Articles, articles, articles all the day.”
Turn Ons: “Confidence, self-love, humility, kindness, music fan, naturally big/thick/burly build, body hair, back hair!”
Turn Offs: “Shaving back hair, arrogance, lack of self-awareness, drugs, smoking, nose hair, ear hair.”
Personal Statement: “My mission is to spread my music/sound as far as I can! Would love for everyone to check it out. Any and all sharing of videos, the album, Spotify page etc. is huge! All proceeds from downloads of my song ‘Be Strong (LGBT Youth)’ are donated to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Educator, Network).
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See more about Mike in this “bio reel” video!