Name: Michael Griffey II
Location: Titusville, FL
Places I've lived: Indiana, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, and Florida.
Places I've been: All over the continental U.S....
Current Occupations: Truck Driver, Musician
Previous Occupations: You name it, I've probably done it....
I have had a dream of being involved in music since I was very young. My Dad used to record me singing on an old reel-to-reel to Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies" and "Welcome to My Nightmare" when I was just 6 years old. I would watch these grand theatrical performances and knew that I wanted to be up there someday. Watching great performers like Alice Cooper, Jim Morrison, David Lee Roth, King Diamond and Bruce Dickinson solidified this need to be on the stage.
*ASSISTANT EDITOR, THE SUN-JOURNAL (1984-1991) I learned everything there is to know about running a weekly spreadsheet newspaper, including typesetting, layout, advertising, reporting and interviewing.
*WNJY 102.9 (1988) I worked as a DJ for this "easy listening" radio station in Monticello, Indiana. The gig was up when I made the grievous error of playing Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" during the day (gasp!), and slipped in a King Diamond song late one night. The nails in the coffin were sealed when I and another DJ (who went on to fame) began making promos using fake voices and mocking celebrities.
TRUCK DRIVER (2003-Present) I went on the road with my best friend, Popcorn, and learned that Laredo strip clubs are the best. After working for him for almost two years, I worked for another owner-operator for two years until he decided to get out of the business. After moving to Florida in 2014, I formed Griffey Specialized as an owner-operator in my own trucking company.
*Madness (1986) pre-Demonic Insanity band. We changed the name when we realized it was being used by an 80's pop band...urrgh!
*Demonic Insanity (1987) jammed mostly in my dad's basement....our earliest recordings with drummer Dave Bulington (deceased) were lost. Some of these were recreated in 1993 and were eventually released on the first album, "Emotional Hell" in 2000. "Trance" was the second and most experimental album, but marked the end of D.I.
*The Richard Cranium Band (1987) on stage, we called ourselves "The Dickheads"...which got us kicked off a lot of stages...we built these papier-mache heads and squirted Jergens lotion out of the top of them onto the poor people who were unfortunately expecting something different...we didn't know any real music, we just wanted to see how long they would put up with us...
*Anno Domini (1992) Glenwood Springs, Colorado was where I was lucky to be involved with these death merchants who shared my obsession with King Diamond.
*Psychosis (2000) now defunct melodic metal band. We had a great time making great music reminiscent of Mercyful Fate and old Judas Priest.
*Counterclockwise(2002) I was lucky enough to be involved with these regional thrash faves.
*Sea of Hate (2003) I am one of a rolling roster of members in this free-jazz noise act
*Syphilis (2009)Released debut EP in 2010 titled, "Got Syphilis". Digital Re-Release currently available worldwide.Currently working on new untitled album.
*Der Teufel (2015)Released debut EP in 2016 titled, "Death Toll". Currently available worldwide. Limited CD release.
I threw some small shows in Lafayette, Indiana from 2000 to 2004...although Lafayette isn't the haven for metal that I'd like it to be.
*MAYDAY METALFEST 2004 I was involved in the much maligned MayDay MetalFest that featured almost 30 bands including headliners like Mastodon, Rune, & The Gates of Slumber. My first three-day fest was plagued with problems and being a novice promoter didn't help. I learned a lot from my mistakes, though and vowed never to repeat them. Many lies were spread...if you have any questions, get the story directly from me.
*FATAL FORCE FEST 2005 This was my second fest. I scaled it down to one day for more control and reaped some benefits. 13 bands took the stage at Birdy's in Indianapolis to shred for their fans. This show was a minor success, but might have been more so if it had been all-ages. Macabre and Black Mass headlined.
*FATAL FORCE FEST 2006 This was my third stab at it. Throwing an all-ages festival in Terre Haute this time around, featuring some of the best bands around. With more experience, I saw greater success and at least broke even.
*FATAL FORCE FEST 2008Over 21 Metal event held in Sheridan, Indiana. This time, I saw a minor profit with the cooperation of a great venue. A snails progress to be sure, but all good things take time.