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Mike Vlahopol

Category: The Band Published: Saturday, 14 June 2014 Written by Mike

Mike Vlahopol

 

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Guitarist, band leader, producer, song writer, radio and TV personality, session musician, Mike Vlahopol - half Greek - is well known as “Sharky”.

 Self thought, Mike started to play guitar at the age of 15 (1985) when his father brought home a 7 string Russian guitar. He started to learn on his own due to the lack of books and teaching materials.

He started to play in the first band during high school. First hard rock and later on, he evolved to Heavy Metal and Progressive Rock. Only late in 1996 "he got to the crossroads and met with the blues" when he was invited to jam with some bands due to Christmas and the New Year's Eve.

Mike is an imposing man with remarkable stage presence, at 6.2 feet, with a cool look on stage. Due to his craziness, on stage Mike is able to make people – most of the times – to stand up dance, jump on tables and feel good. Having technical possibilities on rock, blues, and funk performances helped him over the years to become a regular fixture on Romanian television, radio and news papers as a figure of national celebrity.

His collaborations took him to some of the biggest TV shows, Rock Festivals, featuring on newspapers and radio shows in Romania & not only.

   

He has appeared in featured articles, not only in the music press, but in the biggest news papers Romania has such as: “Romania Libera”, “Evenimentul zilei”, “Evenimentul Muzical”, “National”, “Libertatea”, “Cotidianul”, “V.I.P. – magazin”, “Capital”, “Vox Pop Rock”, "Coffee Break", "7 Plus", " Bravo Magazine", " La Strada", " Nine o’clock,", "National", "Metro Bus", "Adesmeftos – Cyprus", "The New Creation Magazine" (U.S.A.), " The Indianapolis Star" (American weekly newspaper), and many others.

Later on he becomes a member of the Union of Romanian Composers (UCMR-ADA - Romania) & Credidam-Romania.
In 2006 he was promoted & encouraged by Steve Vai (Alcatraz, Whitesnake) & Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), on their Official My Space Pages. Since then, Mike worked three times with Steve Vai.

He worked as a stage manager for quite few international artists

1993:               Backstage Coordinator for THE SCORPIONS

1994                Backstage Coordinator for Uriah Heep

1995                Backstage Coordinator for Deep Purple

1996                Backstage Coordinator for MICHAEL JACKSON “History ‘96 World Tour”

1997:               Backstage Coordinator for WHITESNAKE ‘97 “Restless Heart Tour”

1999:               Backstage Coordinator for JULIO IGLESIAS

2000:               Backstage Coordinator for STEVE VAI – “THE ULTRA ZONE - tour”

Enrique Iglesias, Garden of Eden, Schicht Acht, Tiamat, Albano and few others.

 

Probably the most happy earthly moments of Mike’s life were when he personally met and spent personal time with Jennifer Batten (guitar player of Michael Jackson), David Cloverdale (Whitesnake), Steve Vai, Mike Kenelly, Mike Mangini, Dean Wiliams, Steve Clark, Mike Terrana (Yngwie Malmsteen, Taria), Ralph Salmins (Madonna), Gianluca Palmieri (Greg Howe), etc Horacio Hernandez (Santana),  Garry Grainger (Dennis Chambers), Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Rick Latham (Quincy Jones, BB King), and many others.

Starting with 2003 he is collaborating with artists from U.S.A., Canada, Cyprus:

Mike has worked in the studio or collaborated for a number of national or international artists and here are most but not all of them:

International Artists:

Lionness

- USA

Stacy Quenny

- Canada

Brad Vee Jonshon

- Usa - Ex. Bonnie M

Robert Thomas

- USA

Jessie Dixon

- USA

Terry Lee Burns

- USA

Resolut

- Germany

Thomas Pfeller

- Austria

Robert Thomas “Job”

- USA

Under The Number

- Cyprus


Here Is a list with the most important bands he worked with or recorded for since 1986 since he started to play:

Safir, Solaris, REQUIEM, Hold-Up, AQUILA,  OF THE LORD, FOISORUL DE FOC, SPLIT BLUES BAND, KARISMA, CONTRAST, Teamsters, TZ'S COTTON BLUES BAND, Harvest of Soul, PHILADELPHIA, ANIMAL X, 3 SE, CRISTIANA RADUTA, N & D, BAMBI, ADRIANA BALINT, AIDA, Mihai Traistariu, Raku, Zale.

 

AD-HOC - The Crossroads  - 1996 - 2014

 

Starting 2010 he si working closely with D'Addario, Evans, Planet Waves, Pro-Mark as an endorser artist.

 

 

 more on www.vlahopol.com

 

 

 

Guitarist, band leader, producer, song writer, radio and TV personality, session musician, Michael Vlahopol - half Greek - is well known as Mike or “Sharky”.

 Mike started to play guitar at the age of 15 (1985 - 1986) when his father brought home a 7 string Russian guitar. He started to learn on his own due to the lack of books and teaching materials. After a year or so he started to make good friends between some of the best musicians in Romania when he was encouraged by them to start a band.

He started to play in the first band during high school. First hard rock and later on, he evolved to Heavy Metal and Progressive Rock. Only late in 1996 "he got to the crossroads and met with the blues" when he was invited to jam with some bands due to Christmas and the New Year's Eve.

Mike is an imposing man with remarkable stage presence, at 6.2 feet, with a cool look on stage. Due to his craziness, on stage Mike is able to make people – most of the times – to stand up dance, jump on tables and feel good. Having technical possibilities on rock, blues, and funk performances helped him over the years to become a regular fixture on Romanian television, radio and news papers as a figure of national celebrity.

His collaborations took him to some of the biggest TV shows, Rock Festivals, featuring on newspapers and radio shows in Romania & not only.

He has appeared in featured articles, not only in the music press, but in the biggest news papers Romania has such as: “Romania Libera”, “Evenimentul zilei”, “Evenimentul Muzical”, “National”, “Libertatea”, “Cotidianul”, “V.I.P. – magazin”, “Capital”, “Vox Pop Rock”, "Coffee Break", "7 Plus", "Bravo", "La Strada", " Nine o’clock,", "National", "Metro Bus", "Adesmeftos – Cyprus", "The New Creation Magazine" (U.S.A.), "The Indianapolis Star" (American weekly newspaper), and many others.

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