Photo courtesy of Mitch Beer
My capacity to geek over music has, from time to time, been referred to as “off-putting.” In the presence of a true student of music like Mitch Beer, however, that energy was matched with equal enthusiasm and sincerity. Given his obvious passion and dedication to Music, it was surprise to learn that Mitch had only started playing bass when he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania. “My roommates all played guitar and there was a bass lying around,” he explained with a shrug. “So I just sort of picked it up.” Once he found himself onstage, Mitch became enamored with live performance and soon ended his short-lived real estate career in the pursuit of his dream.
“I want to eat from music,” Mitch says emphatically. “It’s what I live for, it’s how I met my girlfriend, Bo Raines! I met her on a stage. I subbed for a band and she got up on stage and did the Blues with us. Music is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. I am very fortunate. Most of the friends that I have are because of music.”
In the ten years since Mitch became an active member of Philadelphia’s music scene he has founded five different bands, including the Killer Beez, which also features Bo Rains and Gooch Nelson. When he wasn’t busying himself with his own projects, Mitch and his bass can be found performing alongside artists like Brian LaPann as well as Gooch and the Motion. His love for the stage has taken him around the world, touring with Grammy-Winning Hip-hop group Digable Planets across the US and Europe. Even as Mitch gained more and more experience, he remained humbly dedicated to honing his craft. He would frequently take lessons to expand his knowledge of music and bass playing as well as stepping out from behind his bass int0 the studio through his time with producers Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo and his son Tyler. As a producer and songwriter, Mitch has collaborating with budding West Philly Artist Kenny Greene and #1 hit-songwriter, Kam Houff. There appears to be no genre or niche that Mitch cannot apply himself to as a musician. His latest project, SeeHorses, is a “dreamy/hiphop/electro” project co-writing and producing with Philly Wunderkind OddKidOut and Arrows Down. Their first release is due out sometime this year.
The most remarkable thing about Mitch is not his career, but his drive to bettering and distinguishing himself as a musician. When it comes to the subject of music, Mitch Beer prefers to keep himself in the company of those who can challenge and inspire him to reach his goal of “eating from music.” But, no matter how busy he gets, Mitch still manages to find the time to update his Instagram with his daily “bass meditations.”