Mike Viola

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Mike Viola
Birth name Michael A. Viola
Origin Stoughton, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Rock, alternative rock, singer-songwriter, pop, folk
Occupation(s) Songwriter, producer, musician, singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, bass
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts Ryan Adams
Website http://www.mikeviola.com/

Michael "Mike" Viola is a Grammy-nominated producer, musician, songwriter and singer best known for his work with Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Andrew McMahon, New Politics, and Fall Out Boy.[1][2][3] His original music has been featured on soundtracks for movies such as Get Him to the Greek, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and That Thing You Do!.

Viola got his start in the mid-90s as the musical architect for New York-based band Candy Butchers, releasing three critically acclaimed albums with RPM/Sony Records before focusing on music production.[4]

Soundtrack work[edit]

Viola, along with friend Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, co-produced the title track for Tom Hanks's 1996 movie That Thing You Do! The selection received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Viola sang lead on the track, and as the accepted singing voice of Johnathon Schaech's character, Jimmy, also sang on other tracks in the film, such as "Little Wild One" and "All My Only Dreams."

For the 2007 Jake Kasdan/Judd Apatow film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Viola wrote or co-wrote "A Life Without You (Is No Life At All)," "Darling," "(I Hate You) Big Daddy," "Dear Mr. President," "Beautiful Ride," "Sir Ringe The Marshmallow Elephant," and "Let Me Hold You Little Man." Viola served as musical director on a promotional tour for the film in December 2007, with John C. Reilly acting out his fictional character of Dewey Cox.

Viola also contributed songwriting for Russell Brand's character Aldous Snow in the movie Get Him to the Greek, including "African Child," "The Clap," "I Am Jesus," "Searching For a Father in America," "Little Bird," "Furry Walls."

Discography[edit]

Year Artist Song Album Role
2016 Panic! at the Disco "Victorious" Death of a Bachelor Songwriter[5]
The Monkees Good Times! Musician[5]
Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones All songs Little Windows Producer, musician[5]
2015 New Politics "Pretend We're in a Movie" Vikings Songwriter[5]
Mike Viola Stairway to Paradise Songwriter, musician
Andrew McMahon "High Dive," "Black & White Movies," "Driving Through A Dream," "Halls" "Rainy Girl," "Maps For The Getaway," "Lottery Ticket," "Art School Girlfriend," "Cecilia and the Satellite" Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Songwriter, producer, engineer[6]
Ryan Adams "Magic Flag" Vampires 7" Songwriter, musician[6]
2014 Ryan Adams "Gimme Something Good", "Kim," "Trouble," "Am I Safe," "My Wrecking Ball," "Stay with Me," "Shadows," "Feels Like Fire," "I Just Might," "Tired of Giving Up," "Let Go" Ryan Adams Producer, musician[6]
Matt Nathanson "Earthquake Weather," "Mission Bells," "Kinks Shirt," "Sky High Honey," "Kill The Lights," "Heart Starts" The Last of the Great Pretenders Songwriter, producer, musician, engineer[5]
Jenny Lewis The Voyager Producer, musician[5]
Brett Dennen "Out of My Head" Smoke and Mirrors Songwriter[6]
2013 New Politics "Harlem" A Bad Girl in Harlem Songwriter[5]
Fall Out Boy Pax Am Days Producer[6]
Lori McKenna "Love Can Put it Back Together" Songwriter[5]
2012 Rachael Yamagata "Heavyweight" Heavyweight EP Songwriter, musician[5]
The Corner Laughers "Bells of El Camino" Poppy Seeds Musician[5]
2011 Will Dailey and the Rivals "Best Friend" Will Dailey and the Rivals Songwriter[5]
Rachael Yamagata "You Won't Let Me," "Dealbreaker," "I Don't Want to Be Your Mother" "Chesapeake" Songwriter, musician[5]
"I'm Going to Go Back There Someday" Muppets: The Green Album Producer, musician[6]
Gin Wigmore "Dirty Love" Gravel and Wine Songwriter[6]
Mike Viola All songs Electro De Perfecto" Songwriter, musician, producer[5]
2010 Jeremy Fisher "All We Want is Love" Flood Songwriter, musician, producer[5]
Infant Sorrow (From Get Him to the Greek) "Furry Walls", "The Clap", "I Am Jesus", "African Child (Trapped In Me)", "Little Bird", "Searching For a Father" Get Him to the Greek: Soundtrack Songwriter, musician[6]
2009 Mandy Moore "Merrimack River," "Fern Dell," "I Could Break Your Heart Any Day Of The Week," "Pocket Philosopher," "Song About Home," "Love To Love Me Back," "Indian Summer," "Nothing Everything," "Bug" Amanda Leigh Songwriter, producer, musician[6]
John Wesley Harding "Love Or Nothing," "Sick Organism," "Congratulations (On Your Hallucinations)" Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead Songwriter, musician[6]
2007 Dewey Cox (Soundtrack to Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) "A Life Without You (Is No Life at All)", "Beautiful Ride", "Dear Mr. President", "Mulatto Song", "Let Me Hold You Littel Man", "I Hate You (Big Daddy)", "Darling", "Hole In My Pants", "Who Wants To Party", "Weeping On The Inside" Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Songwriter[6]
Mike Viola All songs Lurch Songwriter, musician, producer[5]
2005 Mike Viola All songs Just Before Dark Songwriter, musician, producer[5]
2004 The Figgs Palais Musician[5]
2003 Candy Butchers All songs Hang On Mike Songwriter, musician producer[6]
Rasputina "Bad Moon Rising", "Wish You Were Here", "Tourniquette", "Fire and Ice", "This Little Piggy", "All Tomorrow's Parties", "Rock N Roll" The Lost and Found Musician, producer[6]
2002 The Figgs Slow Charm Musician[5]
2001 Candy Butchers All songs Play With Your Head Songwriter, musician, producer[6]
1999 Candy Butchers All songs Falling Into Place Songwriter, musician, producer[6]
1998 Rasputina "The Olde HeadBoard" How We Quit The Forest Musician[5]
1996 Mono Puff Unsupervised Musician[5]
The Wonders "That Thing You Do" That Thing You Do soundtrack Producer, musician[5]
Candy Butchers "Bells On a Leper," "California Girl," "Cupid Complained To Venus," "Till You Die, "Canned Hunt" "Live at La Bonboniere Songwriter, producer, musician[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Armstrong, Chuck. "Mike Viola on Working With Ryan Adams: 'It's Paid Off for Both of Us in Artistic Ways'". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved 2016-07-11. 
  2. ^ Gordon, Jeremy and Pelly, Jenn. "Jenny Lewis Works With Beck, Ryan Adams on New Album The Voyager, Reveals Release Details". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  3. ^ Helman, Peter. "Mike Viola - "Stairway To Paradise" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  4. ^ Bacino, Mark. "Songcraft: Mike Viola Talks Songwriting Triage, Movie Music and Arcade Backlines". GuitarWorld.com. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Mike Viola credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Mike Viola discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-06-30.