Mike Mills Movies and Career Information

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Dec 17, 1958
Orange County
Actor, Director and Writer

Michael Edward Mills (born December 17, 1958 in Orange County, California) is an American multi-instrumentalist and composer who is a founding member of the alternative rock group R.E.M.. Though known primarily as a bass guitarist, keyboardist, and backing vocalist, his musical repertoire includes many other keyboards, guitars, strings, wind and percussion instruments. He also contributes to a majority of the band's musical compositons. As a young boy, Mills moved with his family to Macon, Georgia and attended Mount de Sales Academy in the early 1970s. Mills' father Frank was a singer whose appearances included The Ed Sullivan Show, while his mother Adora was a piano teacher, which helped him develop a love of music at an early age. He met and formed a band with drummer friend Bill Berry in high school. They met Peter Buck and Michael Stipe after entering and attending the University of Georgia. Mills, Berry, Buck, and Stipe decided to drop out of college and focus on their band, now named R.E.M. The band quickly developed a following and were soon signed to I.R.S. Records. Mills is credited with being the chief composer behind many of R.E.M.'s songs, including "Nightswimming",


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