MICHAEL'S BIO

Michael Asnot is a Belgian singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Borgerhout, Antwerpen on January 22, 1990.

 

At a very young age he discovered the joys of music. At the age of 2 he already was standing on top of kitchen counters with his trusty 'Fisher Price'-guitar and microphone, screaming along to tons of pop songs.

 

But it wasn't until his 15th birthday that he bought his first guitar. He had tried everything from basketball and karate to ping-pong and horseback riding, but nothing could keep him occupied for long. Michael started taking private lessons in P&R Guitar Gallery in Merksem, Antwerpen, from David Piedfort (Kapitein Winokio, Meuris) and Tom Peeters (Boogie Wonderband, North). Not long after that he attended high school at ‘de! Kunsthumaniora’ in Antwerpen where he studied Music and performing arts. It was there, things started shifting gears. He was in the same class as Kevin Kayirangwa, who won ‘Idool 2011’ - the Belgian Idol-series - with whom he took his first steps as a session guitarist. Michael also auditioned for the Studio 100-band, in which he played for 3 years. His guitar teacher there was Dave Wyns (Cleymans & Van Geel, De Corsari’s), who motivated him to form his own band with his own songs. It was with that band - called ‘Jesus Hendrix & the Apostles - Michael got his first experiences as a frontman in a band. They even won a couple of contests and were selected for Humo’s Rock Rally. In 2012 the band split due to differences in interests.

 

In that same year Michael enrolled at PXL Music in Hasselt, Limburg. He studied guitar with teachers Jo Mahieu (Stan Van Samang, Jasmine) and Patrick Steenaerts (Johan Verminnen, Yevgueni). During that time, he also took a lot of private lessons from people such as Jo Cassiers (Orphan, Stan Van Samang), Tim Van Roy (Robby Longo, Tim Van Roy) and Tom Lodewyckx (Clouseau, K’s Choice). It was Tom Lodewyckx, with whom Michael recorded his first single ‘On the Bus to Mexico’ in 2014. In 2015, they recorded two more: ‘Snow’ and ‘Way Too Easy’. 

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