Mike Herrera

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Mike Herrera
Herrera in 2022
Herrera in 2022
Background information
Birth nameMichael Arthur Herrera
Born (1976-11-06) November 6, 1976 (age 47)
Bremerton, Washington, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
  • guitar
Years active1992–present

Michael Arthur Herrera (born November 6, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter and musician best known as the lead vocalist, bassist and songwriter for the punk rock band MxPx. He is also the frontman of Tumbledown and the bassist of Goldfinger.

Early life[edit]

Herrera was born in Bremerton, Washington to Art and Michele Herrera and is of Mexican and English / Welsh descent.[1] He is the middle of three children and has an older sister and a younger sister. His parents live in Bremerton in the house he grew up in.[2] He grew up playing guitar, inspired by listening to country and punk rock music. Herrera started MxPx while he was in high school with friends Andy Husted and Yuri Ruley with the band's first performance in his back yard.



Herrera is the primary songwriter, vocalist and bassist in MxPx. Herrera started the band with Andy Husted and Yuri Ruley in mid-1992, just before starting high school.

Mike Herrera solo[edit]

Herrera in 2006

As MxPx became less active in the late 2000s, Herrera increasingly appeared as a solo act. These performances include both MxPx and Tumbledown songs, and are generally performed with only vocals and acoustic guitar, though Herrera is occasionally joined by one or two others, including at times Kris Roe of the Ataris.

In Herrera's own Monkey Trench Studio, he recorded Live In the Basement, consisting of six Tumbledown songs, five MxPx songs, and a cover of the Beatles' "I've Just Seen a Face". The album was released digitally with a limited CD pressing. Live online performances are also available as digital albums, Live&Raw on StageIT.com and Live.Web.Feb.4.2013. Live in Southampton was released to MxPx fanclub members only.


Herrera started the band Mike Herrera's Tumbledown with guitarist Jack Parker, bassist Marshall Trotland, and drummer Harley Trotland. The band draws influences from being on tour as well as from "great American songwriters" such as Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. The sound of Tumbledown differs greatly from MxPx, taking a lighter, more country inspired sound.

Side projects and production[edit]

Herrera has produced albums such as At Any Rate by Too Bad Eugene and Future Plans Undecided by Element (101). He sang backing vocals on "Radio #2" from the Ataris' album So Long, Astoria and "Runaway" by Amber Pacific, on the group's album Truth in Sincerity and shared lead vocals Stephen Egerton's album, The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton.

In addition to Tumbledown, Herrera was the frontman of Arthur (MxPx with the band's former bass tech Neil Hundt), having released a six-song EP and a full-length album before disbanding, as well as the Cootees (Mike Herrera, Jiles Brandon, Tom Wisniewski, and Dale Yob), a Tooth & Nail side project in the mid-1990s.

Herrera opened Monkey Trench studio in Bremerton in 2008.

In 2016, Herrera was recruited by John Feldmann to join ska punk band Goldfinger as the group's new bassist. His first single with the band is "Put The Knife Away", which was released on May 24, 2017.[3]


Herrera endorses Music Man StingRay basses and Ernie Ball strings[4] and has used them on almost every MxPx recording. For amplification he uses a Hartke LH1000 head and a Hartke 8x10 cabinet. Herrera is also endorsed by Takamine acoustic guitars, Sparrow guitars, Mesa Boogie amps, Samson Tech, Hartke and Latin percussion.

In March 2020 Ernie Ball announced a new Mike Herrera signature Music Man StingRay bass featuring an ash body, maple neck, Schaller tuners, and a unique electronics configuration, being the pickups are wired directly to the input jack with three "dummy" knobs for aesthetic purposes.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Herrera married his wife Holli in 2001[6] and together they have two children. In 2017 the Herreras moved from Washington to Waco, Texas (Holli's home state) and appeared in Season 5, Episode 19 HGTV of the HGTV series Fixer Upper in which their new home was renovated and decorated for the show.[7]

As of 2015, Herrera has said he is no longer Christian and identifies as an agnostic.[8]


With MxPx

As a producer

  • Marine View Drive – Five Days Down EP (2010), producer and engineer, vocals on "Let's Go Out"[9]
  • The Water Tower Bucket BoysSole Kitchen (2010), producer and engineer, vocals on "Blackbird Pickin' At a Squirrel"


  1. ^ "Zoom Handy Recorders: Mike Herrera". Zoomh2.net. July 6, 1992. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "MxPx's business manager plays dual role – Central Kitsap Reporter". Pnwlocalnews.com. June 23, 2004. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  3. ^ riserecords (May 24, 2017). "Goldfinger - Put The Knife Away (Official Lyric Video)". Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved October 11, 2018 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Artists". Ernie Ball Music Man. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ernie Ball Music Man Mike Herrera StingRay Bass". shop.music-man.com. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  6. ^ Ohhellocupcake (March 29, 2012). "ohhellocupcake.: [a thought.]". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Rock Star Renovation | Season 5, Episode 13". www.hgtv.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "MxPx Episode". Weasel Radio. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "Five Days Down EP - Marine View Drive". Marine View Drive. January 20, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2016.

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