... has written about popular culture for 28 years and for countless publications including Rolling Stone, The Age, The Bulletin and Melody Maker.
He accidentally spent four years as Managing Editor of X-Press Magazine in Perth, Australia, before moving to London in 1993. Later in the decade he broadcast extensively on RTR-FM in Perth and on the Triple J network nationally.
Since relocating to Melbourne in 1999 he has written about music, web culture, technology, arts, television and comedy for The Age, and remains one of the most experienced writers for Rolling Stone Australia.
He has interviewed many of the biggest names in rock, jazz and elsewhere, from Lou Reed, David Bowie and U2 to Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea; Yoko Ono, Steve Reich and Brian Eno. He has reviewed thousands of albums and concerts and written liner notes and biographies for many legendary Australian musicians.
He is currently working on a novel titled Son of Starman, a suburban Australian rock'n'roll mystery from space or thereabouts. He lectures in Arts & Culture Reporting at Monash University and his latest musical project, the Thin White Ukes, made its official debut at the 2015 Melbourne Ukulele Festival.
Michael is a basement recording enthusiast who lives with a very understanding wife and two sons in Melbourne, where he continues to find his prose in greater demand than his songs.