Michael Edward "Mike" Mills (born December 17, 1958) is an American multi-instrumentalist and composer who was a founding member of the alternative rock band R.E.M. Though known primarily as a bass guitarist, backing vocalist, and pianist, his musical repertoire includes also keyboards, guitar, and percussion instruments. He contributed to a majority of the band's musical compositions.
Michael Edward Mills was born in Orange County, California and moved to Macon, Georgia when he was 10 years old. Mills met Bill Berry, who would later be his bandmate in R.E.M., in Macon.
Mills and Bill Berry started out in bands together. One early project, Mills said, "was called Shadowfax, and later we changed the name to The Back Door Band. When we changed guitar players, we also changed the name of the band. David Clark was in the band, who as far as I know is still in Cochran, Georgia." Mills said they "played at a place called Moe’s, which was near Westlake Mall. It was an all ages, no alcohol kind of place. We played there a lot, and where ever else we could. High schools, parties, stuff like that."
Mills attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, which is where R.E.M. formed...
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