Mike Dillon is best known as a vibraphonist, multi-percussionist, and songwriter for the bands Garage A Trois, The Dead Kenny G’s and Critters Buggin, as well as the lead vocalist for Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle, Hairy Apes BMX and Billy Goat. In addition to his own projects, Dillon has performed, recorded and toured extensively with countless artists including, Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco, Polyphonic Spree, Brave Combo, Matt Chamberlain, Secret Chief’s 3, Karl Denson, Steven Bernstein, Charlie Hunter, James Singleton, Johnny Vidocavich and George Porter Jr.
Dillon began studying drums at ten years old. Following high school where he was a percussionist in the Houston Youth Symphony, he was accepted into the renowned University of North Texas College of Music. Under the direction Dr. Robert Schietroma at UNT, Dillon became a versatile percussionist and a member of the program’s highly-esteemed One O’Clock Jazz Band, drum line, and percussion ensembles. Since 1990, Dillon has been devoted to the study of vibraphone and tabla drumming, working intensely with Indian tabla master, Aloke Dutta, and jazz vibraphonist, Bill Ware, of the Jazz Passengers. Reflected in the music he plays and composes are his vast musical influences spanning jazz greats Milt Jackson, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk, singer-songwriters artists, Nick Drake and Elliot Smith, and hardcore punk bands such as The Minutemen, Mr. Bungle and Bad Brains.
Mike Dillon performs with members of Yojimbo Funk!