Mick Learn

On one of Mick Learn’s rare days off he fell while trying to fix his lawn mower and broke his right arm – both radius and ulna snapped in half. A complicated surgery installed a metal plate and screws in each of the bones.

Mick has been a self employed full time sound engineer for over 25 years.  From behind the mixing console he has helped to shape Portland music into the vibrant and diverse community that it has become.  Mick is a humble person who has never depended on anything or anyone. He has always relied only on his own self motivation and hard work ethic to get by. But he could use his community’s support today. He needs just a small positive push to get back on his feet and fully recovered so he can get back to work doing what he does best; making musicians sound amazing and in turn making our town rock!

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ATT: Mick Learn
1028 SE WATER AVE STE 230 PORTLAND, OR 97214

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LETS LEARN ABOUT MICK LEARN – SOUND ENGINEER

Mick Back In The Day

Left photo: Mick w/ The Dharma Bums at his parents house in OHIO circa 1990. Right Photo: Mick Learn – ing his trade at Satyricon “back in the day”.

“Having Mick at the soundboard lets me not worry about any instruments getting buried in the mix. We need to get that fellow back on his feet as soon as possible!” – Jenny Conlee-Drizos (Decemberists, Black Prairie)

Mick Learn moved to Oregon in 1989 from suburban Ohio and that same year started mixing sound during the heyday of the now legendary Portland club Satyricon.

"Mick is always the ever-efficient, patiently grounded, calmly attentive face of playing the Doug Fir. Having him at the board lets you know that soundcheck will be run on time (in as much as any human can guarantee) and the show will sound great, so the bands can just immediately dismiss any thought about that end of things and just concentrate on playing the best show they can. Plus, my dog Salli highly approves of him, and I trust her opinion" – musician Lewi Longmire

“Mick is always the ever-efficient, patiently grounded, calmly attentive face of playing the Doug Fir. Having him at the board lets you know that sound check will be run on time (in as much as any human can guarantee) and the show will sound great, so the bands can just immediately dismiss any thought about that end of things and just concentrate on playing the best show they can. Plus, my dog Salli highly approves of him, and I trust her opinion” – musician Lewi Longmire (The Left Coasters)

First meeting and mixing their sound multiple times at Satyricon Mick hooked up with the Dharma Bums for his first two national tours of duty, and then spent several years on the road with Pond.  He went on to tour for many years and mix front of house sound with Yo La Tengo, Iggy Pop, Super Deluxe, Pink Martini, among many others.

If you’ve frequented live music in Portland than you have most definitely heard the master sound man at work.  He has been the main house sound engineer for some of Portland’s most beloved live music halls over the years including The Pine Street Theatre, La Luna and The Crystal Ballroom.

For the past 10 years Mick has been the Doug Firs leading sound person and has mixed thousands of acts big and small.  Mick says, “Music was just a hobby until I started working at Satyricon.” Apparently!

Mick is genuinely cherished and appreciated by the musicians he makes sound so great:

“I’ve worked with Mick on and off for approximately 25 years. He has always been an amazing professional and he has fantastic ears for live sound, which suggests to me that there is also an artist at work when he is on duty. He is EXACTLY the kind of person a touring band is relieved to meet when setting up to play a show in a new town. (He is however, a horrible snorer.) Get well soon, Mick!” – John Moen (The Decemberists, Eyelids)

Mick Learn

All photos by Inger Klekacz (who likes this guy too!!)

“I have known and worked with Mick for about twenty years and he has always been a complete professional that has gone beyond the call of duty for the band and I. Over the years, Mick and I have become friends and his generosity of spirit and honesty has made him a person that I respect and admire. I know Mick and he does not like asking for help but I am confident that all of the musicians who have worked with him over the years will step up to the plate and help this great human being with the financial help that he desperately needs!” – Fernando Viciconte (band leader, singer-songwriter).