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Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler

Mike Mettler was born in 1967 a month or so after the Summer of Love, and he’s been playing catch-up ever since. He started his pro rock-writing career as an intern at High Fidelity in New York in 1988 and joined the staff fulltime in 1989 while still in college. After HF was bought and folded by Stereo Review later that summer, he joined sister publication Car Stereo Review as Managing Editor and began incorporating music coverage into the magazine, finding fairly quickly that musicians were VERY interested in talking about what they drove and what they listened to while they were on the open road. To fuel his voracious appetite for learning about (and sharing) the history of rock and roll, he also chatted up artists for Musician, Guitar Player, Guitar for the Practicing Musician, Guitar, Guitar Shop, Bass Player, Bassics, Masters of Rock, and a score of other gear mags when spare time was an option. He funneled his Jimi Hendrix obsession into "USoterica," a regular column he still writes for UniVibes, a Hendrix quarterly that’s published in Italy.

In 2000, after 4 years as Editor-In-Chief, Mike renamed Car Stereo Review as Mobile Entertainment to better serve the advancements in car-audio and video technology. ME carried on until the close of 2005, when it spent its final year dubbed Road & Track’s Road Gear. Mike assumed the position of Editor-In-Chief at Sound & Vision at the end of January 2006, an interesting case of career symmetry since S&V was known as Stereo Review until 1999, the year he became a Contributing Editor.

These days, Mike tries to balance the dichotomy of his passion for both sweet-sounding vinyl and head-spinning surround-sound music mixes. His ever-understanding wife Krista, an independent music publicist, is generous enough to allow him an entire room upstairs in the house to cultivate his rock magazine and book library and another room in the basement to harvest his ever-expanding LP, CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc collection.

Sound and Vision magazine

18 articles

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R.E.M.: Radio Songs

Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar School, September 1991

EMERGING FROM the haze of haircut bands that dominated the early '80s was R.E.M., a mysterious and gripping outfit hailing from the college town of ...

Pearl Jam: Mike McCready Gets His Feet Wet

Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar Player, February 1992

"IT RAINS all the time, so you're always inside." Mike McCready laughs; the lead guitarist for Pearl Jam is trying to explain why Seattle is ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Exploring The Outer Frequencies

Profile and Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar Player, March 1992

"MY PENCHANT for feedback came naturally," smirks Billy Corgan of Chicago's Smashing Pumpkins. "One day I connected a Supro amp to a Les Paul, turned ...

Lindsey Buckingham

Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar Player, October 1992

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM is finally a free man. "It feels great," he enthuses, savoring the fact that the release of his third solo album, Out Of ...

Blues Traveler: Paramount Theatre, NYC

Live Review by Mike Mettler, Musician, February 1993

FOR BLUES TRAVELER, 1992 was a year to forget. An eager, improv-hungry, neo-retro band that long ago dubbed their endless cross-country trekking "On Tour Forever," ...

Phish and H.O.R.D.E.: In the Beginning

Report and Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar Player, 31 August 1993

Blues Traveler, Phish, Widespread Panic & Col. Bruce Hampton haven't merely risen from the Dead ...

Robin Trower: Digging Deep Into The Pocket

Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar Player, September 1994

"IT'S BEEN difficult for me to drop into the background, since my whole life has been about being in the foreground," observes Robin Trower about ...

Helmet: Head Case: Helmet's Page Hamilton

Report and Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar, March 1996

HELMET'S PAGE HAMILTON has impeccable credentials. He holds a master's degree in jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music, and he has been part of ...

Jason Falkner: Top Cat: Jason Falkner

Profile and Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar Player, October 1996

JASON FALKNER loves "B" guitars and oddball gear. A tasteful, pop-savvy craftsman in the tradition of George Harrison, Andy Partridge, Neil Finn and Jon Brion, ...

ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons: Rhythmeen & Blues

Report and Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar, May 1997

SEEING ZZ TOP'S Billy Gibbons without his trademark shades on is like viewing the emperor with no clothes: it's a startling vision. Yet here's the ...

Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham: Lindsey Buckingham: Back in Mac

Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar, October 1997

TO BORROW A lyric from our subject's song 'Go Insane', there are two kinds of Lindsey Buckinghams in this world. ...

Reeves Gabrels: Building …hours

Report and Interview by Mike Mettler, Sound + Vision, 1 December 1999

AVANT-GUITARIST Reeves Gabrels began his ten-year-long collaboration with David Bowie in 1989 with the hard-edged Tin Machine project. He has since garnered a reputation as ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Graham Nash: 5.1 Way Street: Graham Nash

Interview by Mike Mettler, Sound + Vision, April 2002

"I TEND TO GET carried away with technology," admits Graham Nash, one-third of the sweet harmonic equation that comprises the signature sound of Crosby, Stills ...

Jimi Hendrix: Paul Williams On Jimi Hendrix

Interview by Mike Mettler, UniVibes, April 2003

WHO'S YOUR Daddy? Think Rolling Stone magazine invented rock criticism? Think again. ...

Boston: 30 Minutes with Tom Scholz of Boston

Interview by Mike Mettler, Sound + Vision, November 2006

Two of rock's Holy Grail albums, 1976's Boston and 1978's Don't Look Back are finally remastered by the band's meticulous mastermind, and he tells us ...

Steve Lukather, Toto: Toto's Eclipse of the Art

Interview by Mike Mettler, Rock's Backpages, April 2008

HAVE WE PERHAPS witnessed the last hurrah for the mega-selling studio-musos-cum-touring-phenoms Toto? According to guitarist/vocalist/co-founder Steve Lukather, "we're winding it down. This DVD [Falling in ...

Gavin Harrison, Porcupine Tree: Stripped down and reimagined in brass, Porcupine Tree takes on a whole new life

Interview by Mike Mettler, Digital Trends, 14 April 2015

WHEN A DRUMMER is acknowledged as occupying the same rarefied air as Rush's Neil Peart, it says a lot about just how damn good the ...

Dave Stewart: Sweet Sonic Dream Mixes Are Made of Dave Stewart

Interview by Mike Mettler, The Sound Bard, 10 February 2016

HE'S A MAN who's been everywhere and done it with everyone, and lived to tell the tales. He's Dave Stewart, the production wizard best known ...

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