wiZard (a.k.a Mike McDonald) is a Producer, Engineer, and Artist based out of Nashville, TN.
A guitarist since grade school, McDonald grew up playing in jazz combos, funk bands, and rock groups; but his real passion was production. In the 7th Grade he received a Tascam 4-Track tape recorder, and has immersed himself in the art of production and recording ever since. In 2008 He built a small studio in a garage and began recording local bands and toying around with synthesizers and drum machines. wiZard migrated into electronic music after realizing it was the perfect medium for him to explore his wide array of influences and integrate them into a sound that was truly his.
wiZard has shared the stage with Michal Menert, Gramatik, Big Gigantic, Paper Diamond, D.V.S*, Archnemesis Two Fresh, GriZ, Murph (from STS9), Signal Path, SuperVision, Govinda, Alex B, Emancipator, The Polish Ambassador, Jay Fresh, Bass Science, Adventure Club, a Zeds Dead, and many more.
When that studio shut down in 2013, he threw himself back into performing as wiZard and writing/producing his debut EP, all the while dreaming of ways to get back into the studio, and behind the board, full-time. After much soul-searching, and a few more engineering credits, he decided to make the move to Nashville and explore the opportunities that had begun to present themselves after working on Blackberry Smoke's #1 Record "Holding All the Roses".
He is Avid-Certified in Pro Tools HD, and is extremely proficient in Logic Pro, Ableton Live, and Maschine.
blending glitchy beats with sailing guitar leads and old school synth since 2010