“Five Minutes With” Vancouver Indie Pop musician Mike Ayley

My name is Mike Ayley but you can call me MIKE A or MIKEH if you’re a proud Canadian like me!  I’ve got years of experience in the music industry as a member of the band Marianas Trench. I also have a solo project release, Golden Hour, First Things First, which is the creative outlet that saved me from losing my mind during 2020/2021.

Mike Ayley


Mike Ayley – MIKEH


AC Indie Pop



# of Albums:

Debut release.

Latest Album:

Golden Hour, First Things First.

Latest Single:


Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Jimmy Chamberlain

Favourite musician now:

Royce Whittaker.

Guilty pleasure song:

One Direction-Steal My Girl.

Live show ritual:

Jack Daniels, exercise, group chant immediately before walking on stage.

Favourite local musician:

Dear Rouge

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

Road or studio?

Studio….or Road….or Studio. No road. No…

Any shows or albums coming up?

Golden Hour Ep

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | TikTok


Rapid Fire Vancouver Qs

Favourite local restaurant:

The Victor. This is a “treat yourself” type of place and not a weekly spot for my wife and me, but if I want a good meal close to good fun (Parq) then this is the place to be!

Favourite street in your city:

Beach Avenue because it’s magical during sunset. It’s free and everyone is invited and people from all parts of the world and all walks of life spend time there.

Favourite park in your city:

Lafarge Lake Park (Coquitlam) is this incredible, very central location with so many amenities for everyone and it feels like a beautiful city oasis.

Favourite music venue in your city:

The Commodore

Favourite music store in your city:

Long & McQuade because they have the best selection.



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