Live To Ride may sound like a catch phrase from a Harley Davidson ad, but for Mike Z and the millions of motorcycle riders in the US, they are a symbol of freedom. Inspired by this mantra, his brothers and sisters who take to the roads everyday, and his late friend Frank, Mike Z has delivered “Let’s Fuckin Ride (Full Throttle)” as a soundtrack for them all.
“This song is about the fun and freedom of riding your motorcycle with your friends, brothers and sisters,” says Mike Z. The accompanying video depicts him and his friends on a weekend ride on one of CT’s many shoreline drives.
While the song conjures all of the positive feelings and adrenaline on an open road with friends, it’s meaning goes deeper, and heavier, than Mike Z has gone before. His friend and long time riding companion, Frank A Barabas Jr. was killed by a drunk driver on one of their weekend journeys. Determined to keep his memory alive, and to bring a heightened awareness to any type of impaired and distracted driving, Mike Z took to the forum he knows best. Music.
The song was mixed and mastered by Producer/Engineer Christopher “Zuess” Harris, who has made records with many of rock music’s hardest rockers, including Hatebreed, Rob Zombie, Queensrÿche, Shadows Fall, 100 Demons, Agnostic Front, Municipal Waste and more. It was recorded by Nicky Bellmore at Dexters Lab in Milford, CT and the accompanying video was filmed and directed by Edwin Escobar.
A lifelong Connecticut resident, Mike started playing guitar at 12 years old and by 17 was writing and recording songs by himself, learning to play every instrument to form his own studio band. Soon, he was multitracking up to 16 tracks using two tape decks and a mixer well before 4-Tracks were introduced.
From 1985 to 1990, Mike was a DJ at CT Radio Station WNHU at UNH where he started one of the first radio shows on the US East Coast that mixed Metal and Hardcore. He spun the hard classics, such as Slayer, Agnostic Front, Metallica, DRI, and Exodus and he was able to meet and interview all of them. Mike also served as an East Coast Correspondent and Writer for Aardschok America Magazine and has interviews published with Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Tesla, Wendy O’Williams and more.
Motivated by his work and love for music, Mike began to fulfill his lifelong dream to perform live with some of the biggest names in Hardcore. From 2002 to 2007 Mike became an international touring guitarist/vocalist performing in over 40 countries with 2 Hardcore Metal legends: 25 Ta Life & 100 Demons, where he also appearing in the later’s video for the song “Repeat Process”.
Now a Music Producer/Engineer and Owner at Ear One Productions Record Label, Mike’s aspirations are to make great music, spend time with his friends on their bikes, and remind everyone how important it is to stay safe, aware, and sober on the road. Let’s Fuckin Ride…