My name is Mike Reynolds. I'm an electronic music producer and DJ. I'm the boss of a record label called Black Dragon River Music. Oh, and I also write fiction.
I didn't always do all this. I bought my first guitar at age 16 and took a MIDI college course at 19 (despite being an English Major at the time) where I recorded my first song with full instrumentation completely by myself. I was certain that somehow, some way, a music career would soon follow.
That was 1996.
Despite my best efforts, Life happened. I dropped out of college and over the next 20+ years experienced the lows of illness, failed relationships, unemployment, and living by the kindness of friends and family. I also experienced the highs of a wife and kids, getting well, going back to school, and even a brief but rewarding career as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. But none of it was what I really wanted to do.
One day at my office, shortly before closing my practice for good, I had an epiphany:
I don't want to be lying on my deathbed and find myself saying "I wish I had TRIED."
At that moment, I swore to myself that if I ever got the chance, I was going to give it my all, so that no matter what happened, I would know that I tried.
Fast forward almost a decade, and that time has now come. Common knowledge might insist that I'm too old, that this kind of thing is a young person's game. I say that Art doesn't have an expiration date, and that I'm just now hitting my stride.
I'm opening up my daily life-including my creative processes and very real struggles-to you, if you want to come along. Maybe you want to see how someone else does things. Maybe you like watching someone else's story unfold.
Or maybe you too want to believe that after all you've been through, it's not too late to become who you are.