Mike Spreitzer

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Mike Spreitzer
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Mike Spreitzer with DevilDriver performing live at Paaspop 2014
Background information
Birth nameMichael Colin Spreitzer
Born (1981-02-10) February 10, 1981 (age 38)
Torrance, California
OriginSanta Barbara, California, United States
GenresAlternative metal, heavy metal, Industrial music
Occupation(s)Musician, Producer, Recording and Mixing Engineer
InstrumentsGuitar, Bass guitar, drums, synthesizers, piano
LabelsNapalm Records, Roadrunner Records
Associated actsDevilDriver
No Love Lost
Websitewww.devildriver.com,
www.michaelspreitzer.com

Michael Colin Spreitzer (born February 10, 1981 in Torrance, California) is a producer, mixing engineer, and one of the guitarists of the American heavy metal band DevilDriver. He is the second longest lasting member following the departures of all original members except vocalist Dez Fafara. He replaced guitarist Evan Pitts in 2004. Michael co-wrote and performed on DevilDriver's albums The Fury of Our Maker's Hand (2005), The Last Kind Words (2007), Pray for Villains (2009), Beast (2011) Winter Kills (2013) Trust No One (2016) and Outlaws 'til the End: Vol. 1 (2018).

Biography[edit]

In 2001, Mike joined a local heavy metal band from Santa Barbara called Grolby alongside future DevilDriver band mates John Boecklin, Jon Miller, and Jeff Kendrick. Unfortunately, Grolby broke up eight months after Spreitzer joined. At this point, Mike went on to form an industrial-metal band called No Love Lost with friends Cliff Ross and Dan Bellinger. Although an album's worth of material was written and recorded, nothing was ever released.

In April 2004, DevilDriver was about to embark on their first European tour opening for Swedish heavy metal band In Flames. Two days before the tour began, DevilDriver’s guitarist Evan Pitts was forced to withdraw from the tour due to personal reasons, leaving the band without a second guitar player. At the time, Jon Miller and Jeff Kendrick lived with Spreitzer when not touring with DevilDriver. When Mike heard that Pitts would not be going on the European tour he immediately offered to fill in temporarily for the duration of the tour. Shortly after DevilDriver returned to Santa Barbara, Pitts had decided not to continue with the band and Spreitzer became a permanent member.

Since joining DevilDriver in 2004, Mike has continued to tour with the band and contribute on the albums The Fury of Our Maker's Hand, The Last Kind Words, Pray for Villains, Beast, Winter Kills, Trust No One, and Outlaws 'til the End: Vol. 1. He has also written and recorded music for small movie projects including the documentary Tokyo Comedy Store (Director: Brian Christopher Anderson) that has been featured on the Documentary Channel in the United States. In 2009, Mike co-wrote three songs featured on the video game MX vs ATV Reflex soundtrack alongside Raymond Herrera, Christian Olde Wolbers, and Jeff Kendrick.

In 2012, Mike worked with London-based alternative rock band ESO and featured on their debut single, 'We Are Watching You', from their new album, 'Nothing Left To Lose'.[1]

Discography[edit]

Mike Spreitzer and Dez Fafara with DevilDriver

DevilDriver[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Artist Title Label Role Notes
2012 ESO Nothing Left To Loose ESO & Trak Records Guest Guitarist Track 8
2012 Give Zombies The Vote Dominions N/A Producer, Mixer, Mastering
2012 Final Curse Way of the Accursed N/A Mixer
2013 Collapse Arms and the Covenant Transend Music Mixer
2013 Vendetta of the Fallen Malice N/A Mastering
2018 Heaven Below Good Morning Apocalypse Broken Halo Engineer
2018 DevilDriver Outlaws 'til the End: Vol. 1 Napalm Engineer
2018 Tortured Saint Message To The Throne 814347 Records DK2 Mixer, Mastering
2019 PIG Stripped & Whipped Armalyte Industries Guest Guitarist Track 4
2019 Wednesday 13 Necrophaze Nuclear Blast Producer, Mixer, Engineer

EPs[edit]

Year Artist Title Label Role Notes
2012 Synthetic Breed Zero Degrees Freedom Rogue Records America Mastering
2013 Thrown Into Exile Thrown Into Exile N/A Producer

Singles[edit]

Year Artist Title Label Role Notes
2013 Synthetic Breed Xenogenesis Rogue Records America Mastering

Compilations[edit]

Year Artist Title Label Role
2012 Various Artists Terror Metal Extreme Music Producer, Engineer, Mixer

Other[edit]

Equipment[edit]

  • ESP Guitars
  • Fishman Modern Fluence Pickups
  • Fractal Axe Fx II
  • SIT Strings (10-62)
  • Maxon overdrive pedals
  • Dunlop effects
  • Mission expression pedals

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