"I was born a punk,” said Michael Des Barres in a recent video announcement in regards to Die Laughing inking a deal for him and his band, The Mistakes. Indie record label Die Laughing Records was founded on a punk rock DIY ethic—a label willing to make mistakes and jump over hurdles to bring awareness of their artists all the while working to breaking through the generational, genre and gender gaps.
Michael Des Barres is a walking encyclopedia of rock & roll, with true battlefield stories of rock & roll friendships and achievements in a career that, to this point, has spanned over 50 years. He has worked as an actor, public speaker, radio host and rock singer for several bands. Some people will always remember him as the sunglasses-wearing pupil from To Sir With Love and some, like the DLR Radio Podcast’s Go, Go, Go Girl, will remember him in red leather pants fronting Power Station at 1985’s Live Aid.
Label CEO Dave Dalton remembers him with his band Silverhead in 1973 and meeting him briefly in LA, as well as some years later with Detective (on Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records) at The Old Waldorf in 1977. Still, others remember the character he created, “Murdoc,” on the ABC MacGyver series that spanned into the CBS reboot.
Des Barres and DLR are showcasing Michael and his band The Mistakes to a whole new fan base, the Millennials if you will. In Michael’s own words, “Loud rock & roll music, that’s what we adore, that’s what we love and we make lots of mistakes.” Die Laughing Records is in the process of setting everything up with Michael Des Barres & The Mistakes to release the new EP, Live At The Hi Hat in late February 2020.
While waiting on Live At The Hi Hat to be released, catch Des Barres on Sirius radio where he hosts The Michael Des Barres Program every weekday morning from 8–11 AM ET with a replay every weekday evening from 9-midnight PT on Little Steven's Underground Garage (SiriusXM Channel 21).