Mike Schleibaum, aka ‘The Dude,’ has toured for over a decade as co-founder and guitarist of the European influenced thrash / Punk/ Death Metal band Darkest Hour. He has toured in over 35 countries and on 5 continents with the band, and has participated in nearly every type of tour ranging from a self booked DIY van tour to 2004’s Ozzfest.
Mike’s recording career began over 13 years ago. As part of Darkest Hour he has released 5 full length records and 2 EPs. He has worked with legendary metal uber producers: Fredrick Nordstrom (Studio Friedmen, Gothenburg Sweden), Devin Townsend (Greenhouse Studios, Vancouver, BC), and Brian Mcternan (Salad Days Studios, Baltimore, MD).
Mike has also self-produced several projects including Dead to Fall (Victory Records), and solo project Man and Wasp. He has also worked on several studio albums including From Autumn to Ashes, (Vagrant Records) Destroy the Runner (Tooth and Nail), and With Honor (Victory Records). In-between touring and recording, Mike composes music for television including 4 hours for “The Investigators” series for truTV (formerly Court TV).
Prior to making his living as a musician and producer, Mike earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in 2001.
When he’s not on tour Mike lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Sari and their two cats Eddy and Alex Van Halen.