Mike Schmid, Miley Cyrus / The Chainsmokers / Troye Sivan

Miley Cyrus keyboard player Mike Schmid

Mike Schmid has been part of Miley Cyrus’ core band for fifteen years. In addition, Mike has worked with numerous artists including The Chainsmokers and Troye Sivan to name just two. We talk everything from stadium gigs to playing tips and a little bit of gear talk to boot.

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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):  

Mike’s website

Recent Miley Cyrus tour of South America

Film scoring and impostor syndrome

Playing with Hannah Montana

Keeping it fresh each night on a large scale tour

Miley Cyrus – Jolene

Rebel Yell – Miley Cyrus with Billy Idol

Mike’s rig rundown

Using a laptop-based rig with Troye Sivan

Lessons learned / tips for aspiring players

Tag a keyboard player: Benmont Tench, Patrick Warren, Max Mitchell, Karina Depiano

Desert Island Discs: OK Computer – Radiohead, Homogenic – Björk, Under The Pink – Tori Amos, Illinois – Sufjan Stevens, and ‘tied’ for fifth spot: Martinis and Bikinis – Sam Phillips and Punisher – Phoebe Bridgers.

Mike faces our Quick Fire Tem Questions: Stereo or Mono, Sitting or Standing, Keytars: sexy or an abomination, Transpose button or adjust on the fly?, X-stand or anything else, Last gig you attended as an audience member, Best thing about live gigs, Worst thing about live gigs, Name one thing you’d like to see invented that’d make your life as a keyboard player easier, Red keyboards, yes or no?

Mike’s travelogue video on a Miley Cyrus tour of Australia / New Zealand.

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Photo of Mike Schmid via Kill.Cody

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