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Being a full-time student is very hard. Trying to make it as a professional musician is just as hard, if not harder. Now imagine someone who is trying to do both.
Mike Wolff is a full-time student, while trying to make it into the music world at the same time. He is a full-time time student at Kean University, while also being in a band.
“It is pretty annoying at times because I have to focus on school and it takes away from the amount of time I should be putting into the band.”
Wolff was born in Livingston, New Jersey and grew up in Union, New Jersey. He attended Union High School, where he excelled in baseball, playing all four years of his high school career on the varsity team. In the spare time that he does have today, Wolff still enjoys playing baseball. However, spare time does not come often because most of his time is dedicated towards playing bass in his band.
Wolff has been playing the bass since he was in the 7th grade. He remembers the day that he decided he was going to start playing.
“I decided in the 7th grade when I went to my friend’s birthday party and a couple of kids were jamming. Two kids were playing the guitar and one was playing the drums. My friend said to me you should learn the bass because no one knows how to play. I was already very influenced by music but that made me interested in actually playing it.”
He remembers that day very clearly and is extremely grateful for attending that birthday party. He also remembers the big influence his family had on his musical career over the years. His father played the guitar and tried to teach him everything he knew about playing music, as well as listening to music. His sister also had a big influence on his musical career as well.
“When I was young, my older sister would always be blasting music she liked, so from that time forward, I listened to whatever she listened to.”
Besides his family members, some of his musical influences include Blink 182, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Third Eye Blind, Weezer and Saves the Day.
Throughout his high school life, he played in the band Exit-139. But now while in college, he has been playing in the band White Brazilian. He plays in White Brazilian with his close friends Steve Monteiro and Brian Zelenenki. Monteiro enjoys the time he spends with Wolff working on their music together.
“Mike’s the most dedicated person I’ve ever worked with. When he hears something in his head, he won’t rest until he recreates it in real life. He always tries to better himself,” Monterio said.
White Brazilian played their first show together at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey on February 9th, 2014. They have released two albums, When the Flies Come and Above the Clouds. They are currently working on their third album called Parkway Flight. The album will be completed and released soon.
“I would describe my music as rock music with a message. We try to tell a story through our music that anyone can relate to. We write about how we are feeling at certain times in our lives,” Wolff said.
Wolff will be graduating from Kean University next semester and will receive his degree in marketing. He felt that he wanted to get a degree prior to making music his career just in case it does not work out. He plans to make music his full-time career after graduation.