Mike Textbeak has a quite a history in experimental, industrial and electronic music. Influenced by artists like Coil, Einstürzende Neubauten and early Public Image Ltd. in the late 80s he began making experimental music with whatever he had on hand in various projects with long time friend Todd Sines (Planet E, 7th City and Peacefrog). He purchased a Roland W-30 and began to explore the world of sampling and beat editing. In 1991 Mike moved to Columbus, Ohio with Todd and joined up with Titonton Duvante (Residual Records) and Charles Noel aka Archetype (Ongaku, Black Nation) to start an all electronic band named B/Re (Body Release).
In 1992 after playing shows across the Midwest US, Mike decided that he needed to pursue his more avant-garde roots and left B/Re to begin work and his new project, Bath. He spent the winter in an unfinished attic in very large old house in Minneapolis creating parts that would become the album Book I. Upon moving back to Ohio he signed with label Jevan Records (owned by legendary gothic band Lestat) and recorded his first album at Noise New Jersey with producer Kramer (Shimmy Disc, Bongwater, Low, Galaxy 500, Bowery Electric).
In 1998 he began to release solo works at first as TXT then TXTBK and Textbeak on labels such as Dark Daze (owned by Carlos Peron of Yello), Moon Sounds (Dallas), Lasergun (Savas Pascalidis’ label in Berlin), Pale Noir (owned by Mahr), Tundra Dubs (owned by Worker/Parasite), Sequel Sound (San Francisco), Post_Religion (UK), Bleak (Vienna), Vaatican Records (France), 21/22 Corp, Swishcotheque (UK), Colin Johnco (France), and many more. He co-owns the Philtre Com imprint with co-conspirator Claus Muzak aka Lucas Kuzma of The Strange Agency (musical app company) and released works by 10-Speed Guillotine, NT89 and others.
In 2011 he launched his radio show, TXTBK's CHVCH XV BXK3N 7ANGvAG, which has become a staple of the witch house and dark electronic scene featuring guest mixes by Philipp Strobel [aufnahme + wiedergabe], CRIM3S, SRIN, BLVCK CEILING, Clan Destine Records, Alessandro Adriani (Mannequin Records), Mushy, The Devil and the Universe and many others. As a DJ, he has done mixes for Disaro Records, the official Grim Harvest Halloween 2012 Mixtape for with actor Omar Doom (Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds), XLVR for the clothing company NVR MND, the massive 5 hour 3 part COVENFVCK mix, mixes for Pulse Radio (UK), PBS (Australia), Cleopatra Records (LA), THE BRVTALIST (LA) and AMDISCS label in the Czech Republic among many others. He has toured extensively across the US and recently toured Japan. He has supported live Merzbow, Modern English, The March Violets at Convergence Fest 20, Sinden, Umberto, Tamara Sky, Black Rain, Zanias, Bestial Mouths, Larry Tee, Nitzer Ebb, David J (of Bauhaus), Light Asylum, Test Department, Skin Town (Nick Turco of Zola Jesus), Meat Beat Manifesto, Designer Drugs, and The Legendary Pink Dots to name a few. He has remixed many artists including 3TEETH (Artoffact Records), Blush_Response (Ant-Zen), Architect (Daniel Myer of Haujobb), Tamara Sky (DJ/Model Lil Death LA), Bestial Mouths (Cleopatra, Clan Destine), and AIMON (Tundra/Artoffact). From his compositions to his genre-destroying DJ sets, he constantly pushes the envelope with sound and vision.