Bassist and engineer Mike Baker is one of the stalwarts of the Louisville, KY, rock scene. His two talents have presented an opportunity if not to play with and/or record every band in town and many that pass through, at least to create the impression of having done so. His accomplishments are also sometimes confused by his name, which is common enough to also belong to several other fellows that spend a good deal of time in recording studios. The Kentucky Baker began his career as part of a home recording studio operation called DSL. By 1993 he had progressed from a partnership in the studio to taking it over completely.
Known as a meticulous worker in the studio, Baker began producing singles and albums for a long list of bands beginning with Endpoint, wallowing in Guilt, reaching up to Crain, and stumbling further into Falling Forward -- bringing to mind a famous incident in Louisville studio history when a bassist actually collapsed and fell straightforward, right through a door. This story, however, concerns a session that remarkably Baker had nothing to do with, either as bassist or producer. The Rain Chorus was one of the projects to also display Baker's talents as a bassist. In the late '80s he played bass in the cuddly sounding Devils Wielding Scimitars and is on several of this group's recordings. Speaking of scimitars, Baker has kept up with technology over the years and upgraded the once simple home studio to include automated mixing, digital multi-track capabilities, as well as on-site CD-ready mastering. Baker's 2001 production of the organ-driven Java Men is one of his more recent productions.