Michael Venutolo-Mantovani here. But you can call me Mike V for very, very short.
I am a writer and musician living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with my wife and our children.
In 2017, I started writing full time and have since contributed to The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, The Guardian, The Toronto Star, Southern Living Magazine, The Bitter Southerner, Bicycling Magazine, The Millions, Victory Journal, and a bunch of others.
My wife and I moved South five years ago from New York City, where we lived for over a decade. And though we love Chapel Hill, we miss New York every single day and kind of hope that in about sixteen years, our kids will go to NYU or Columbia or Pratt so we have an excuse to move back to the city that will always be our home.
Before writing, I spent several years in a tour van, trudging around the country with my band, The Everymen, to the tune of over two-hundred shows a year. I've also toured with bands like Fu Manchu, Son Volt, Mourn, and Yo La Tengo in various capacities.
Before that, I spent several years working at the New York City-based independent record label group Matador Records & The Beggars Group, where I got to work on album campaigns by some of my all-time heroes (like Sonic Youth, Pavement, and Belle & Sebastian), some of the biggest independent bands and artists of today (like Grimes, Vampire Weekend, the xx, and The National), and dozens upon dozens of others (like It Hugs Back, Future of the Left, Micachu and the Shapes, and The Veils).
Before that, I taught English as a second language while meandering through ancient ruins and young manhood in Rome.
Before that, I went to Villanova University, studying communications while racking up a middling GPA.
Before that, I grew up in a little corner of the Jersey Shore called Little Egg Harbor, a tiny clamming village not to be confused with Egg Harbor (which is further down the shore), Hewlett Harbor (which is in a different state), or West Egg (which is fictional).
Before that, I was but a zygote. But weren't we all once?
- xo, mv