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Mike Stocksdale


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The 20-something musician grew up across the street from Palos Verdes High School.
Stocksdale took what he admits to being a circuitous route to becoming a songwriter and performer. When he was eight years old, he bugged his parents for a guitar, which they finally bought for him at Mr. B’s music store on the Hill. “But, after a couple of months, I thought it was just too hard. I didn’t pick it up again until I was 16 or 17,” said Stocksdale. He went off to college at Indiana University choosing to study psychology rather than music.

By his sophomore year, he found himself surrounded by fellow students, many of whom - including his dorm roomate - were aspiring musicians. Stocksdale dusted off his guitar and started working out some tunes with his roommate. They entered an on-campus competition at IU for songwriting. The duo became finalists in the competition, which forced them to expand their original repertoire - “We only had three songs when we entered” - because the competition judging was based upon a 45-minute set. They did okay. “The songs were good, but the performance wasn’t”, said Stocksdale.
He explored the idea of becoming an architect, taking classes at El Camino College, all the while working on his “Searching for September” album in his spare time at home.

“Then, one day during a class at El Camino, I realized that architecture was not my passion. It would take me another three years of school, and I thought, if I’m going back to school, it should be for music,” he said.


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