How did you come by your stage name?
Back in high school my homie saved my name in his phone as Clifford the big red dog, because I’m tall and have red hair, so when I decided to become a recording Artist I thought that would be a cool name, but “Clifford the big red dog” straight up didn’t sound cool enough for me, Clifford the big red dog is big and friendly and lovable, I wanted a more hellhound type of vibe.
I came up with the idea of Mike the Crimson Canine. I wasn’t 100% sold on that name, and I remembered someone one time called me “Mountain Mike“ and I thought that was dope. When I wrote down Mountain Mike the Crimson Canine and read it out loud, I knew that was the name.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I’ve always been a drummer, my moms has pictures of me as a baby pulling out pots and pans to make a drum set, and then growing up I played drums like in middle school band, and high school only had marching band, and I was a fat boy at the time, so they would have made my fat ass carry the bass drum, and I was not about it. I actually didn’t decide this was my passion until I was 22, two years ago.
I was feeling very lost in life, I wasn’t suicidal, but I didn’t really see a point in living. I was just gonna go to work, get high, get off work, get high, wash, rinse, repeat until it killed me. I didn’t mention that I liked writing too, my junior year of high school instead of doing my homework I wrote a book. Like a whole book with chapters
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I don’t know, me probably. I’m not a peacock, I’m not Into all that flashy designer shit. Except for Lucky Brand, Lucky Brand is badass.
What are some of your greatest challenges?
What are your greatest attributes?
I can achieve anything I set my mind too.
Are you the best at what you do?
Not even close.
What are your plans in the near future?
I’m currently working on a music video, as well as merchandise and plans of performances.
Anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
oh shit. This is gonna be a long one. Of course the first one thank you is to my biggest fan and number one supporter the moms, I love her to death. Shout out to all the dope artists I’ve met on this journey, a lot I would consider my brothers, Knobody Productions, Jae Stew, Captain Go Hard, Brett Deadly a.k.a lil Seltrah, Ceska Sky, Jay, Phaaroh Jackson, Flex mob.
Plus I can’t forget my oklahomies S/O to my man’s colt from the 580, my girl Ashley from the 405, the homies Chris, TJ, Matt, Mark, Dj Half Black, kade, Tito, also from the 580. Shout out to everyone who bumps my shit here in Denver too, I’m talking Ron, Chris, who used too tow cars, Connoisseur Smokers Klub, the CSK! I fuccin know I’m missing some, but it’s late and I’m stoned, so just know there’s a lot of people I want to thank for helping me get to where I am today, and I know a lot of them aren’t on this list.
Where can the fans find you?
I only have one single “Dopamine” available on all streaming platforms. All of my projects you can find on SoundCloud and a majority you can find on YouTube. Or you can just google Mountain Mike the Crimson Canine and my shit pops up.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Music means nothing, except everything. Music is so simple it’s complicated, and once it’s complicated, it’s so simple. Know who you are as an Artist right now, and know who you want to be as an Artist in the future. The best piece of advice I can give though, as the Legend Barbados once said, “Think for yourself”
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