After playing in several garage bands, Mikkei joined what would be his first significant band in 1999. During his time with the band, called Mute, Mikkei explored the guitar and began feeling out his musical style. After two years in Mute, Mikkei quit, citing lack of meaning and conflicts in musical creativity. It was also during this time that Mikkei began to study classical guitar and composition at Moorpark College.
A few years later Mikkei founded California Redemption with former members of Mute With this band, Mikkei would record his first studio album and finally fully exercise his musical creativity. As California Redemption toured and released albums, Mikkei formed side band, Future Primitive with friend, Ryan Power.
|2001||Mute||Cooler Than Eight-Tracks||Independent Release||EP|
|2004||California Redemption||This Time It's For Money||LTE Records||LP|
|2005||Future Primitive||Expression Sessions||Independent Release||EP|
|2005||Ill Repute||Live||LTE Records||California Redemption bonus track|
|2005||California Redemption||Demo 2005||Independent Release||EP|
|2006||California Redemption||California Redemption/Start The Panic Split||LTE Records||Split EP|
|2007||California Redemption||Do Not Resuscitate||Dead Lamb Records||7" EP|