Thanks to the killer musicians who provide the soundtracks to our lives and the strings for our guitar string bangle bracelets. So, where do DesignSea bangles come from? This guy. Meet the musician behind our bangles.
Mike Pinto is a true storyteller who captivates fans around the world with his undeniably distinct voice and exceptional songwriting. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pinto has become a prominent fixture in the Southern California music scene after living in San Diego for the past seven years. His gritty East Coast perspective of life, blended with the laid-back California lifestyle, creates a dichotomy that is so uniquely original that when someone asks, "What style of music is this?" the answer can only be "It's Pinto."
Constantly evolving as an artist and songwriter, Pinto's songs are both deeply personal and widely relatable. His lyrics covers a broad spectrum of subjects, from thrilling victories ("Lost and Found") to agonizing defeats ("Bad Luck"); from the appreciation of life ("One More Time") to the fear of death ("A Thousand Years Ago"); from Pinto's struggle with vices in Southern California ("Temptation") to a prostitute's struggle with addiction in Atlantic City ("Tricky Nicky"). With his signature narrative style, Pinto explores life chapter by chapter, all with a light-hearted satire rich with depth.
Pinto's newest album, Truthful Lies, demonstrates his versatility as a songwriter and ability to masterfully blend rock, reggae, folk, ska, and funk. Featuring special guests Junior Marvin (Bob Marley); Chuck Treece (Bad Brains, Billy Joel, G Love); George Laks (Lenny Kravitz); and Jesse Wagner and Roger Rivas (The Aggrolites), the album topped the iTunes Reggae and Billboard Reggae charts, debuting at #1 and #2, respectively.
Pinto has toured nationally with Black Uhuru, The Aggrolites, and Iration; has shared the stage with Slightly Stoopid, Reel Big Fish, Collie Buddz, Dirty Heads, The Avett Brothers, SOJA, Rebelution, and The Flaming Lips; has played renown festivals such as Blackwater, SXSW, First Flush, and The California Roots Festival. His popularity spreads beyond the continental United States, with radio play in Japan, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands, and playing shows in Guam, Canada, Mexico, and Australia.