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Decaying Orbit
Decaying Orbit
Ft Worth, TX  USA
June 06, 2009
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Decaying Orbit is an unorthodox, highly diverse & genre-splitting band from Texas led by their infamous front man Mike Ash. "No, this music's not about that, it's not about sound quality, it's about passion." - Mike Ash. Decaying Orbit is produced by their label, Decaying Enterprises and has released over six studio albums since they formed in 2008 after the violent break up of the Psychedelic Rock band, Strangefire, of which Mike was the former front man. Decaying Orbit believes in unadulterated musical & creative freedom, Mike describes their music as a "cathartic purge" or "nervous break downs caught on tape.". The band believes that creating music is a sacred, spiritual and magical art form brought to them by the Muses, wraiths and demons hidden just beyond the veil between the worlds of the physical and spiritual realms. Decaying Orbit has traveled beyond the veil and into the realms of the spirits, only to reemerge, like a caterpillar from it's cocoon emerges as a beautiful butterfly, so does Decaying Orbit get reborn through the fire of their cacophonous tunage. The band believes in complete freedom of lifestyle, I.E. sexuality, religion, spirituality, drugs, manner of dress etc. They believe that music is an interstellar language that needs no translation to be understood by absolutely anyone. It's the passion behind the emotions found in the music that matters to Decaying Orbit, they believe that integrity is more important than fortune or fame. This is our Decaying Orbit & we do hope that you will N'Joy tha' show!!!!
Band/artist history
Decaying Orbit began after the break up of Mike's former band, Strangefire in 2008. The Morgue studios were set up and Demonatrixxx Management was put into place. The band has since been recording with an unholy passion in The Morgue Studios and have released a plethora of EPs and LPs under the authority of their label, Decaying Enterprises. Their first release in 2009 was the LP, "Born To Decay", a violently noisy montage of sounds, more of an experience than an album. Their second release, also in 2009 was the LP, "Noizez From The Morgue" which was recorded at the same time as "Born To Decay". The album brought multiple world wide #1 songs for the band and was the perfect beginning to the Decaying Orbit sound. Their third LP in 2011, "Ifurin", was a much softer and more evenly produced collection of tunes, but still had the rough, hardcore edge that the band had become known for. Their fourth album was the 2012 LP "Chaos Theory" which found the band in an almost manic state, pumping out unique & different tunes at an alarming pace. The band released their fifth album, the 2013 LP, "Wastoid", & it was the most successful of their albums as far as world-wide #1 songs, there were like four or five that hit #1 world wide, it really amazed me man!!!! Decaying Orbit's sixth release was in 2014 when Mike started what is now known as, "The Tea Leaves Saga", a spoken word/remix/collaborative effort that went global and also brought the band a couple more #1 World Wide tunes. Mike recorded the spoken word vocals on his mp3 player when his multi-tracker was unable to mix down due to a broken CDR. The band's next release was the infamous 2015, "Bong Water Coffee & The Constant Struggle To Stay High", a crazy-ass album that was mixed and mastered by Germy of Sonicism fame. in 2017 Decaying Orbit released a collaborative-collective album entitled, "The Destruction Of Something Beautiful", the album features the other awesome artists, Sonicism, DrumnJon, Faunaserene, Nandoo, Aloka, Karmabend, Alpha One Omega & Woody. The Collective chronicles ALL of the collaborations that Decaying Orbit has been a part of. also in 2017, the band released the collective album, "The AntiSocialite" which spans Mike's entire 27 year musical journey.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I have played live many times on my 27 year musical journey and I LOVE it!!! I have never played a show with Decaying Orbit due to health and monetary issues, but, I would truly LOVE to play a show with Decaying Orbit, that would rock my soxx off!!!!
Your musical influences
first of all Pain, suffering, life in general, Shamanism, Paganism, Buddhism, Christianity, great writers such as Allen Ginsberg, William s. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, all the beat poets really, a poet by the name of Karen Finley wrote a book called 'Shock Treatment' that has always inspired me. other writers such as Dante and Franz Kafka & Edgar Allen Poe. I also love the gothic writings of Poppy Z. Brite, Anne Rice and Brian Lumley(to name a few). I am also very inspired by the art of Salvidor Dali, M.C. Escher, J.K. Potter and especially Vincent Van Gogh. I have always been inspired by Punk Rock, such as the Misfits, Samhain, The Crucifucks, The Dead Kennedys, The Sex Pistols, Rancid, Operation Ivy, G.G. Allin, The Cramps, D.R.I, T.S.O.L., GBH, NOFX, Screeching Weasel, The DropKick Murpheys and sooo many others. but also the older artists such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Pink Floyd, KISS, Alice Cooper, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, The Doors, and Leonard Cohen to name a very few. Also bands like Dinosaur Jr. Sonic Youth, Janes Addiction, Nirvana, The Melvins, Tad, The Vasilenes, They Might be Giants, Slint, Fugazi, Butthole Surfers, The Meat Puppets, Flipper. L7, Hole, Ani Difranco, Bjork, Tori Amos, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, Butt Trumpet, Marilyn Manson, Tool, White Zombie, Black Sabbath and of course Ozzy Osbourne, The Cure, Pantera, Rage against The Machine, Black Flag, Psychotica, Orgy, Dgeneration, Danzig, FSOL, BT, Mudvayne, Deftones, Alice In Chains, Guns n' Roses, Soundgarden, Radiohead, Beck, Gorillaz, Blind Melon, System of a Down, Linkin Park, Placebo, Wilco, Prodigy, Lords of Acid, Violent Femmes, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, David Bowie, Beastie Boys, Porno For Pyros, Kraftwerk, The Dead Milkmen, The Smithereens, The Cars, Korn, Disturbed, Gwar, Bob Marley, Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Dark Lotus, Johnny Cash, Steely Dan, Mother Love Bone, Foo Fighters, Liz Phair, Tracy Chapman, Metallica, As I Lay Dying, Weezer, Groovie Ghoulies, Descendents, The international Noise Concipracy, The Chemical Brothers, Folk Implosion, Sebadoh and waaay more I can't think of...
What equipment do you use?
Ibanez & Epiphone Guitars, Mitchell, Yamaha & Ibanez acoustics, Boss Effects, Casio/Yamaha Keys, Shure Microphones, Ernie Ball Super Slinky Strings, Tortex Pics, Fostex/Tascam Recording Equipment, Sony everything, Bose Speakers, monster energy drinks, mountain dew, Dr. Pepper, south pole pants, doc martin boots, Camel Cigarettes, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Bacardi Rum, Macanudo Cigars, Phillies Cigars, Sharpie pens, eight-o-clock coffee, Manic Panic hair dye, Sam Adams Beer, Shiner Beer, Stone Brewing, New Belgium Beer, Steel Reserve, Graffix Bongs, Birdhouse Skateboards, Spitfire wheels, Independent Trucks, Zig Zag cigars and papers, AXE body works, Garnier hair products, Nag Champa incense, Adidas, Vans,
Anything else?
I am a Shaman, I have been called a Zen Punk Sorcerer by those who know me well. I believe that Punk Rock goes beyond a fashion statement and stands more for complete and utter personal freedom to listen to what you like, believe as you wish and to dress however you see fit. I am very liberal, but still have a set of very strict morals. I hate bigotry in ALL of it's myriad forms. I believe in Love, Compassion, Empathy, understanding & Respect. I consider myself a realist, not an optimist or a cynic, the glass isn't half full or half empty, it is simply a glass with liquid in it. I am totally in Love with my wife Willow, she is the Love of my life & the girl of my dreams!!! I do not believe in labeling musical genre and I try to push myself to think outside of genres. I LOVE ALL MUSIC. To me, music is a magical art form. I have been writing creatively since I was a small child and have wanted to be a musician since I was a very small(much to my parents dismay). I believe in the complete freedom to express ourselves as individuals. I am an artist as well as a writer and musician. I enjoy th night more than the day, I am more creative after dark. people consider me dark, but I am merely brutally and bluntly honest & utterly real. I feel people misunderstand me as a person as well as my music in a lot of ways, seeing only the darkness in it when it is really more about enduring & overcoming hardships than anything else. My music is about catharsis, absolute emotional release, I truly believe that the integrity of my music is FAR more important than ANY f ortune or fame it might bring. fame is fleeting and fortunes can be lost, but, music is FOREVER.
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