EPISODE: 52

Michael Flatau was born and raised in Tampa, FL. He got his first bass guitar, a mismatched, rebuilt, home tampered, hand-me-down, at 12 years old. By the age of 16 he and friends started an angst filled adolescent pop punk band Agent 23, which he played bass and fronted. They played a handful of gigs at the Brass Mug in Tampa prior to Mike leaving for FSU in 2000. Once in college, Flatau played music off and on while attending Engineering School, but his creative energy was refocused when he joined the FSU Flying High Circus in 2002. He performed Double Trapeze, Adagio, Juggling and Teeter Board and doubled as a coach for various aerial and ground acts. His leadership developed in the Flying High Circus when he took on the role of Ring Master once a vacancy opened. It wasn’t until the summer of his first year of graduate school that Mike returned to performing music on stage. He joined the female fronted band Mujabica, who gigged throughout Florida and Georgia for the next four years. After traveling between Tallahassee and Crestview for 2 years, he helped Chavis Hobbs and Rigel Forte form the band New Earth Army in 2011, bringing his singer from Mujabica, Carly Cermack, with him. What started as a 4 piece fusion blues rock band with eccentric vocals and eclectic influences eventually blossomed into the horn and guitar driven blues funk band they are today. With New Earth Army, Mike played several festivals, including the infamous Spirit of the Suwanee River Music Park, and opened for bands including the Revivalists, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, the Floozies, the Main Squeeze, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and the Fritz to name a few. Flatau recorded and produced 3 albums with New Earth Army, building his love for the craft as a sound engineer. This also opened the door for Flatau as a session musician. In 2012 Flatau got his first taste of special event planning when he and bandmates arranged a charity event for common friend (and cancer survivor), Holly McEwan, thusly named Rock 4 Holly. While in New Earth Army, Flatau saw a dire need for original music in the Northwest Florida Emerald Coast. He and fellow bandmate Rigel formed and founded the local and regional music and arts festival Okaloosa RevFest in 2013. After the first year, Flatau fully took over the reins for RevFest. The event has steadily grown over the past 6 years as they entertain over 1,000 attendees annually and continue to raise thousands of dollars for the Special Forces Association: Chapter 7.

 

That was the longest bio ever.

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