Born: September 22, 1958 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Mike Hackbert is the creative force behind Hackdaddy. Mike has been an active musician since the early 70's, when he began playing brass instruments and settled on the trumpet as a primary instrument. Mike was involved with a number of bands and ensembles in high school and college; his composing and arranging skills were honed in college and are still in use today.
In the 80's and 90's Mike was based in Champaign-Urbana Illinois and could be seen in a number of groups around the area in addition to work as a soloist, in the theatre pits and in local recording studios. The main focus at that time was the group Champaign Brass, a brass quintet founded by Mike in 1986 that is still active today. Mike’s ability to play in a variety of styles has him currently playing with a diverse set of groups, including the Lakes Area Swing Band (www.lakesareaswingband.com), tropical band Orquesta Veneno (orquestaveneno.com) and the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra (lakegenevaorchestra.org). As Hackdaddy, Mike collaborates with other musicians globally.
Mike's main influences are smooth jazz, latin beats and progressive rock, with some baroque, classic and new age thrown in as well. He has been accused of never finding an added-note chord he didn't like, and is fond of complex rhythms and time signatures. With Hackdaddy, these creative projects (some are years old, some are months old, some are only weeks old) from Mike are finding a wider audience for listening and enjoyment.
Your playing is beyond what I normally enjoy when it comes to horns in arrangements. I get this fantastic vibe every time I do hear your creations. You have a flow that is completely original yet echoes some of the pioneers who more than likely made you want to to play to begin with. I hear your own unique style & then I also hear raindrops from Bacharach to early Procol Harum arrangements. Damn fine playing Hack. - Richie Auriemma, Independent Recording Artist
REFLECTIONS takes me to one of the big ballrooms of fancy hotels in La Havan, Cuba in the 50's. - Carlos Mongrut/CMongrooves - Mongrooves Productions, International Recording Artist
Para Siempre is quite magical!!! The horn is brilliant and melodious and the instrumentation is gorgeously interweaved into it. Beautifully impressive!!! Nicely percussive, too! Great composition!!! - DestinationDawn, ReverbNation Artist and Internet Radio Host
Great Brass playing Mike. Reflections is a beautiful piece. Love your music lots mate. - Alan Redmond, ReverbNation Artist
Your melodies are solid yet narrative. Nice work. - William Scott Henthorn, ReverbNation Artist
Reflections is a real cool track. I like the laid back flow and the melody; real cool arrangement. Also, 7-11 is real smooth stuff. - Malik Torain, ReverbNation Artist
Your music really shines with your brass work, no pun intended. Very nice. - Kerry Kelley, ReverbNation Artist
You got great stuff on here. - Arthur (Artie) Schroeck, Composer/Arranger