IT'S PRONOUNCED "RIK-BERG"
Mike Ruekberg is a songwriter, singer, and musician. He wrote his first song when he was ten years old, and his most recent one about twenty minutes ago. He writes and sings in styles ranging from tender ballads to roaring hard rock with equal passion and dexterity, and he can scream on key.
SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK-N-ROLL STAR?
For most of the 90's, Mike led the Minneapolis-based band Rex Daisy, who enjoyed considerable popularity in Minneapolis and the Midwest thanks to their memorable songs and exuberant live performances. Mike's gift for writing catchy, bittersweet pop songs caught the attention of Geffen Records, for whom Rex Daisy recorded the album "Guys and Dolls" (now available on Pravda Records). Mike's musical activities in Minneapolis also included a stint writing and performing TV and radio ad jingles (including the theme song for Jesse Ventura's successful campaign for governor of Minnesota), as well as fronting the outrageously popular 2 Tickets 2 Paradise--an over-the-top 70's and 80's arena-rock celebration featuring Mike's leather-clad alter-ego Monty DeCarlo.
MINNEAPOLIS WAS JUST TOO DARN COLD
In 2002, Mike made the inevitable move to Los Angeles, where he continues to write and perform his songs, as well as writing for and with other recording artists and writing music for television and film. His music figures prominently in the 2003 Adrien Brody film "Dummy", and the opening song "Years" has developed a passionate following of its own thanks to cable TV, DVD rentals, and rampant distribution on the Internet. "Crash and Burn", a song written by Mike and his pal mega-producer John Fields can be heard in the Sony Australia release, "Thunderstruck" (performed by an Aussie alt-rock "supergroup"!). In Spring of '09, Mike's "Trail of Stars" played 'round-the-clock on the HGTV network as the soundtrack to their "Start at Home" campaign. Mike's current work includes music for everything from TV and film to sports arena anthems and Broadway-bound (knock on wood) musicals.