American Opera is a singer/songwriter project centered around John Bee. I worked with John with his former band Your Best Friend and when he approached me to mix his new record of course I said yes! The video for “Jack Pine” was released yesterday.



Evan and I just finished putting the final touches on the Pet Symmetry LP. Tracking for this record started over a year ago, but with all of the members being in other projects (Into It. Over It., DowsingThe Pleas and Thank Yous) coordinating schedules proved difficult. Tracking was done at Million Yen Studios with additional tracking at my home studio, where it was also mixed. The record is now off to Gradwell House for mastering. Look for it soon.

Mark and Evan



We Were Kids has released the first single off of their 2014 EP Somewhere Back Home. The song, titled Ankle Biter, is available for streaming and download on the band’s Bandcamp page.

Recorded By Nick Diener
Mixed by Mark Michalik
Mastered by Mark Michalik



Wolves and Machines have released a song off of their upcoming full length, Since Before Our Time. The record will be out March 4th on Capeside Records. You can stream the song over at Absolute Punk.

Recorded By Josh Schroeder & Nick Diener
Mixed by Mark Michalik
Mastered by Mark Michalik

Braided Veins “Future Forever” is available for pre-order from Save Your Generation Records. You can check out the full stream over at Noisey.

The band is made up of members of The Swellers, Empty Orchestra, Kid Brother Collective, and The Conqueror Worm.

Tracked by Nick Diener
Mixed by Mark Michalik
Mastered by Mark Michalik
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Lights Under Closed Doors


“The Light Under Closed Doors” was released October 29th on No Sleep Records. You can order the record over at the No Sleep Webstore.


So Many Ways have announced the release date of November 19th for their EP titled “Seer” on Staple Records. Check out below for a preview of the first single, “Roraima”. The band is currently on tour with new label-mates Senses Fail.

Recorded by Mark Michalik
Mixed and Mastered by Eric Stenman

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