Mike Dillon
Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon

About Mike Dillon

Texas-born, New Orleans-based vibraphonist and percussionist Mike Dillon is an eclectic musician with a bent toward jazz, funk, and avant-garde rock. Having performed since the late '80s, Dillon has worked with a varying cadre of similarly minded artists including Les Claypool, Garage a Trois, Karl Denson, and others. On his own, he has released a bevy of genre-bending albums, including 2007's Battery Milk, 2014's Band of Outsiders, and 2018's Bonobo Bonobo.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Dillon got his start as a sideman, playing such varied projects as MC 900 Ft. Jesus, Brave Combo, Critters Buggin', and others. In 2007, he debuted his own Matt Dillon's Go-Go Jungle band with Battery Milk. Between that release and 2009's Rock Star Bench Press on Hyena, he guested on recordings by Ani DiFranco and David Egan.

Between 2010 and 2011, he led a collective called the the Dead Kenny GS with Skerik and Brad Houser, who released Operation Long Leash on Royal Potato Family. Also in 2011, he was part of Marco Benevento's Garage a Trois for Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil.
In 2012, Dillon released Urn on Royal Potato Family, and played on Doug Belote's Magazine St. In 2013, he was part of Ruby Red for The Love Language on Merge. Later in the year he participated as a member of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, who released New Ammo in early 2014. Also that year, Dillon joined trombonist Carly Meyers, bassist Patrick McDevitt, and drummer Adam Gertner for the quartet album Band of Outsiders, recorded in Miami with co-producers Gary Vandy and Richard Maloney, Jr.
Another incarnation of the Mike Dillon Band, featuring guitarist Cliff Hines, bassist Nathan Lambertson and an alternating cast of drummers including Claude Coleman Jr. (Ween), Simon Lott, G. Maxwell, Doug Belote, and Paul Thibodeaux, entered a Crescent City recording studio and continued to explore the sketchy connections between NOLA street beats, ska, funk, punk, and jazz.

With co-production by Richard Maloney and engineering from Rick Nelson and Robert Mercurio, the group emerged with Life Is Not a Football in April of 2017. In July of 2020, Dillon released Rosewood, a solo vibes and percussion album that found him playing originals alongside covers, including a reworing of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt." ~ Matt Collar & Thom Jurek

    San Antonio, TX