Bio

Thanks to a mom and older sisters with excellent taste in music, Mike Massé was schooled from an early age on the essentials of rock:  Beatles, Stones, Who, Clapton.  He credits the Beatles with teaching him to sing and play guitar, as he studied their songs carefully in his teenage years.  

Mike went on to graduate with a music degree (sound recording emphasis), followed by a law degree.  As a college student and eventually a public defender, Mike kept up with music through local gigs.  He began performing monthly at the Pie Pizzeria in Salt Lake City in 1993, a gig he maintained for over 20 years.  In 2008, he began filming his Pie gigs (which were usually accompanied by Jeff Hall) and posting the highlights on his YouTube channel.  Six years later, the success of that channel allowed him to quit his job as an attorney, and move his family to Denver to become a full-time musician.

Mike has posted over 100 videos of acoustic covers of classic rock songs on YouTube, many of which were recorded live at the Pie.  His channel boasts over 160,000 subscribers and over 50 million views.  His acoustic cover of Toto’s “Africa” has over 8 million of those views.  Most of those videos feature his friend and bassist, Jeff Hall (who happens to be a prosecutor), or Sterling Cottam, another long-time friend/collaborator and duo partner.

Mike performs regularly for public and private events locally and around the world.  Mike has performed live on several occasions as a vocalist with Barry Goudreau and Sib Hashian, former and original members of the band Boston, doing a set of all classic Boston songs–some of the most challenging rock vocals ever recorded.

Mike can be seen performing at various public and private events around the country and the world, often accompanied by Jeff Hall and/or Sterling Cottam.  He also performs locally in the Denver area, both as an acoustic act (usually accompanied by Bryce Bloom) or with his Beatles cover band, Rubber Souls.

In the Media

With these Utah attorneys, it’s not the jailbirds who sing
Salt Lake Tribune, March 11, 2011
By David Burger

Mike Massé, Father, Releases Heartbreaking Video To Raise Money For Son, Noah Massé’s Cancer Treatment
Huffington Post, July 23, 2012
by Laura Hibbard

Father performs “Let it Be” to raise funds for his 11-month-old’s cancer bills
boingboing.net, August 13, 2012
By Xeni Jardin

Father posts touching rendition of ‘Let It Be’ on You Tube to raise money for one-year-old son with brain tumour
Daily Mail (UK), July 21, 2012

Massé’s Way – A father helps save his son through music
City Weekly (Salt Lake City, UT) October 12, 2016
By Randy Harward

A night at the Pie watching Mike Masse and Jeff Hall
Salt Lake Tribune, April 2, 2013
By David Burger

Fairview grad Mike Massé turns to YouTube to raise money for baby’s cancer treatment, Cover of ‘Let It Be’ a viral hit
Daily Camera (Boulder, CO), July 26, 2012
By Cory Lamz, Camera Staff Writer

Local musican and attorney Mike Masse performs tribute to cancer-stricken son
Salt Lake Tribune, July 23, 2012
By David Burger

Utah man sings to pay for 11-month-old son’s cancer treatment
KSL News, Salt Lake City, UT, July 25, 2012
By Paul Nelson

Interviews/Podcasts

Video interview with Mark Waldi, from Arrow 103.5
SLC, UT, October 14, 2016

Video interview with Robin Baumgarten
WGN Morning News, September 9, 2016

Video interview with viral video website dumpert.nl
The Sugarfactory, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, August 19, 2016

Podcast interview
The Detroit Cast, October, 2015

Podcast interview
The Detroit Cast, October, 2016

Podcast interview
“Strength Through Struggle” podcast by Mark Goblowsky, September 12, 2016

Podcast interview
“The RELISHit Show” podcast by MMA Fighter Nikki “Knuckles” Knudsen, June, 2016

Podcast interview
“Six Pixels of Separation” podcast by Mitch Joel, August 7, 2015

Podcast interview
“A Drink with a Stranger” podcast by Philip McCluskey, June, 2015

Journal

Mike’s journal about Noah’s cancer battle
caringbridge.org, begins in July, 2012