Mike is pictured here jamming with
Money Mark in the summer
of 1983-84. In other words, long before the Beastie Boys
had even released Licensed
to Ill, Mark and Mike were working on perfecting
their craft. Back then, Mike would play his 1969 Ludwig
drum set, which actually made the big time in 1998. Both
the drum set and Mike Nishita went on tour with the Beastie
Boys as Money Mark's band would open for the Beasties date
Mike, along with Bill
and Brian, has played with Money Mark under a couple
of different band names: "Junglebugs" and "Magnetics".
Yet, you can not talk about Mike without mentioning is colorful
past. Back in the mid-1970s, Mike was largely into BMX,
so when he outgrew that the natural transition was into
motocross. Turning pro at the age of 18, Mike took motocross
very seriously and traveled around the country racing in
different competitions. Daily he trained with the women's
national champion. It was Mike who taught Adam
Horovitz how to ride a motorcycle for his role in the
movie Roadside Prophets. To this day Mike still owns
five motorcycles and loves to ride often.
Mike has also been a DJ for sixteen
years. He even spun at O.J. Simpson's house for Marcus Allen's
wedding. Mike also has worked in television for shows including
the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Martin, and many others.
Currently Mike is playing in a band
called "Headcase", but he still gets together
with Money Mark. Back in 1983, Mark, Mike, and the band
opened for Chaka Khan. Years later they'd be touring the
world with the Beastie Boys. Although Mike's background
was in judo, baseball, and motocross, music has been very
good to him.