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Mechanics Behind the Music

February 26, 2010

Mike Ponte breaks into the music industry with his band A/Collision

For Mike Ponte, breaking his band, A/Collision, into the music industry was never a question of luck. Instead, for two years he and his band mates relied on the power of hard work and motivation to write, produce and release their debut self-titled CD. And their efforts are beginning to pay off as A/Collision captures the attention of award-winning producers, radio stations, filmmakers and a growing fan base. 

The CD, produced in collaboration with Grammy Award-winner David Bottrill (TOOL, Peter Gabriel) on the title track, was highlighted in Canadian Musician magazine this year. One of the tracks is currently being considered for an upcoming Hollywood feature film. Last August, the band’s first single, Tear Me Down, made its radio debut. 

Mike, who grew up in Mississauga, entered the music business as a behind-the-scenes player. After high school, he completed an audio engineering diploma from Toronto’s Harris Institute. He worked at Imax Audio for a year before coming to Sheridan for the Electrician Pre-Trade program, graduating in 2007. “Most of the foreman and supervisors I worked with had attended Sheridan so I knew it was the go-to place for high-end technical training,” says Mike. 

While working as an electrician, Mike began writing music for the band which he co-founded with childhood friend David Christopher. The combination or “collision” of their different musical backgrounds provided the inspiration for the band’s name. 

Although he remains a frontman/guitarist for A/Collision, Mike is also focusing his efforts on promoting musical talent in the GTA. His new production company, Empowered Sounds, will help artists use current marketing tools to establish themselves. “The music industry has changed so much over the past few years. With the elimination of the middleman, artists are reliant on themselves to build their careers,” says Mike, who plans to study marketing at Sheridan to hone his business development skills.

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