A drummer from birth, Michael Dause began writing full songs in 2009. Michael was the drummer/guitarist/vocalist of a few bands while attending middle-school and high-school from 2008-2013; The Breaks and The Headwires. He released his first, self-recorded EP in 2011. His debut, self-titled album was released in 2012, on which Dause played every instrument, including drums, vocals, guitars, bass guitars, and keyboards. As well, he produced, engineered, and mixed the album. He released his 2nd full-length album, The Sound of Self-Destruction, on July 8th, 2016. Dause, once again, plays every instrument on the album, save for violin and cello, which were provided by Savannah Buist and Katie Larson of The Accidentals. In 2014, he started the recording project Treeskin. Dause describes this project as, " a way to get ideas out of my head. When I find myself having a hard time writing, I make myself write and record a song, to get it out into the world. This project is the result of forcing ideas through the floodgates."
In July of 2014, Dause was asked to join indie-folk-rock group The Accidentals as their drummer. With The Accidentals, he has played over 700 shows across the US and Canada. In 2016, the group recorded the Parking Lot EP, and signed to Sony Masterworks. In 2017, thier label debut album "Odessey" was released.
In 2018, Michael started a Twitch channel under the Treeskin moniker and streams himself recording new music from his basement studio (www.twitch.tv/treeskinmusic). All tracks produced from these streams can be found on the Treeskin Bandcamp page (www.treeskin.bandcamp.com)
Michael has had the pleasure to perform with many wonderful artists, including:
The Accidentals, Joan Baez, Vulfpeck, Marshall Crenshaw, Son Lux, Billy Strings, Joshua Davis, Ben Sollee, Carbon Leaf, Keller Williams, Martin Sexton, The Crane Wives, The Ragbirds, Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, The Way Down Wanderers, The Appleseed Collective, Miriam Pico, Blake Elliott, E Minor, Missy Zenker, Olivia Mainville, Abigail Stauffer, Ralston Bowles, Rick Chyme, Big Dudee Roo, and many more.
With The Accidentals, Michael has had the opportunity to open for acts including:
Brandi Carlisle, Dar Williams, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Arlo Guthrie, The Wailers, Rusted Root, Keller Williams, Carbon Leaf, Ben Sollee, Martin Sexton, Moon Hooch, Johnnyswim, Greensky Bluegrass, SHEL, and many more.
He has also had the opportunity to play at many music festivals and Conferences, including:
South By South-West, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, NAMM, Summerfest Milwaukee , Electric Forest, High Siera Music Festival, Four Corners Fest, Summerfolk, Joshua Tree Festival, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Folk Alliance International, APAP, ArtPrize Grand Rapids, Power of Music Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Summercamp, Blissfest, Wheatland, Winter Wheat, Buttermilk Festival, Hollerfest, Appaloosa Festival, and many more.
Michael is proud to be a sponsored artist of Ruach Cajons (www.ruach-music.com), Shure Microphones (www.shure.com/americas), Fender Guitars (www.fender.com), and Takamine Guitars (www.takamine.com).