Born In: San Diego, California, United States
Mike Fuentes, also known as MIkeyWhiskeyHands, is a former member of the American rock band called ‘Pierce the Veil’ where he played the drums. His brother, Vic Fuentes, is currently the lead singer and guitarist. Both boys were influenced by their father, an American-Mexican jazz musician, and painter by profession. His first album called ‘Celebration of an Ending’ was released with the band ‘Before Today’, after which it changed its name to ‘Pierce the Veil’. Today, the band is one of the top rock bands in the US and has five albums to its credit. It has also won a number of awards, including its latest ‘iHeartRadio Music Award’ in 2017. Mike is active on social media and has a large following on Instagram and Facebook. He has appeared in various music festivals and has undertaken a world tour that has been made into a documentary video to popularize his music.
father: Victor Gamboa Fuentes
mother: Vivian K. Fuentes
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: California
City: San Diego, California
Michael Christopher Fuentes was born on 14 December 1984 in San Diego, California, USA. His parents, Vivian, and Victor Gamboa Fuentes are middle-class American Mexicans. His father was a former Jazz musician, who worked as a painter.
He was brought up with his elder brother, Vic Fuentes. Both brothers studied at Mission Bay High School from where he graduated in 2003. He also has two half-brothers and a half-sister. He is related to the musician, Nick Martin, who plays the guitar for the band ‘Sleeping With Sirens’.
Both the boys were influenced by their father and got interested in music. While Vic sang and learned to play the guitar, Mike took up the drums. Soon they formed their own band called ‘Early Times’ and started performing at local venues in their hometown. After releasing three EPs, the band was renamed ‘Before Today’ due to copyright issues. As they grew up they founded the American hardcore rock band called ‘Pierce the Veil’ in 2006.
Mike Fuentes made his debut with an independent album with the band, ‘Before Today’ in 2004. The album titled ‘Celebration of an Ending’ was released after signing a contract with Equal Vision Records. However, the band disbanded and he continued with his role as the drummer of their new band, ‘Pierce the Veil’.
While he played the drums and took care of the percussion, his brother Vic took on the mantle of lead vocal and played the rhythm guitar and keyboards. Tony Perry joined them as the lead guitarist while Jaime Preciado played the bass guitar and accompanied with backing vocals.
The brothers wrote songs together and released the album ‘Flair for the Dramatic’ under the label of ‘Equal Vision Records’ in June 2007. The following year he released the EP titled ‘The Hearts of Lonely People’ with the band, ‘Supergroup Isles & Glaciers’.
His band released their next album titled ‘Selfish Machines’ under ‘Equal Vision Records’ in 2010. The theme of the album is centered on the animal instinct in human beings. The album was a great success and reached the number-one position on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. To support the album, the band played in a number of festivals and took part in the ‘Vans Wraped Tour’ of rock music in the USA.
In 2012, ‘Pierce the Veil’ went into a contract with ‘Fearless Records’ and released their album ‘Collide with the Sky’. They did their first tour of the UK to coincide with the release of the album and appeared in the ‘Rock Sound’ magazine as the best album of the year.
Their album ‘Misadventures’ was released in 2016, preceded by the singles, ‘The Divine Zero’ and ‘Texas is Forever’ from the album. Their music received favorable reviews and maintained their position as one of America’s top rock bands.
Mike Fuentes also started a solo hip-hop project where he was nicknamed ‘MikeyWhiskeyHands’. He signed a recording deal with Velocity Records in March 2012 and released a number of his own singles that feature him rapping on the music of Pierce and Jaime.
In order to popularize his music and reach out to his fans he took on a world tour on two legs where he was featured with the band ‘Sleeping With Sirens’, ‘The Devil Wears’, ‘Mayday Parade’ and ‘Chiodos’. He was even featured in a documentary video that covers the world tour of his band, which contained clipping of their live performance.
In 2017, following the accusations of sexual misconduct, Mike decided to step down as the drummer for ‘Pierce the Veil.’
Mike released his debut album ‘A Celebration of an Ending’ with the band ‘Before Today’ in 2004.
He has four albums with the band ‘Pierce the Veil’ titled ‘A Flair for the Dramatic’ (2007), ‘Selfish Machines’ (2010), ‘Collide with the Sky’ (2012), and ‘Misadventure’ (2016).
He also played the drums for the EP titled ‘The Hearts of Lonely People’ of the band ‘Supergroup Isles and Glaciers’.
In addition to his albums and EPs, Mike has released a number of hip-hop singles under the stage name, ‘MikeyWhiskeyHands’.
Mike’s former band ‘Pierce the Veil’ has made its mark as one of the top rock bands in the USA. They have won a number of awards including the ‘PETA2 Liberation Award’ in 2010, ‘Kerrang! Award’ and ‘Rock Sound Readers Poll Award’ in 2013, two ‘Revolver Golden Gods Awards,’ three ‘Alternative Press Music Awards’ in 2014, and the ‘iHeartRadio Music Award’ in 2017.
Mike has been in a number of relationships including Amor Hilton, Danky Frenchi, and Melissa Marr. His current girlfriend is the model, Alysha Nett, whom he started dating in 2013.
Mike loves Harry Potter and Mexican food. He even has a tattoo of Harry Potter on his arm.
He is a bit of a physical fitness freak and does warming-up exercises for 45 to 60 minutes before a show.
In 2017, a woman came out on social media and threw allegations of statutory rape on Mike. She also accused Mike of asking for her nude photographs. The incident happened almost a decade prior when she met Mike via MySpace and later during a Pierce the Veil Concert held at Chain Reaction club in Anaheim, California. After their second meeting, the woman, who was a minor at the time, and Mike engaged in sex. However, she admitted to hiding her true age from the musician. Their relationship lasted until she turned 18. During this, another girl accused Mike of requesting her naked photos. Following the allegations, Pierce the Veil declared that Mike would be taking a break from the band. He was not a part of the band’s latest album The Jaws of Life.
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