The Hawkline Monster is singer/songwriter/producer Michael Patrick Vitale. Having spent years performing under the name Mike Vitale (at local and regional venues, coffeeshops, bars, restaurants, resorts, corporate events, private parties, colleges, and universities) and having released a full length album called Idiosyncrasies and an EP entitled When Happiness and Home, under his own name, he decided to try something different in 2013 after successfully funding a new album using the crowdsourcing platform, Kickstarter. This ended up becoming a brand new music project called The Hawkline Monster.
The subsequent album is titled We Create and We Are Created by The Hawkline Monster and features 11 of Michael's songs, which he produced himself with the help of musical friends all over Southern California. The album was released digitally in 2013 and released on compact disc in 2014 at The Constellation Room in Santa Ana, California.
The Hawkline Monster has set up his own tours along the west coast playing wineries, venues, and colleges in support of his 2014 release, We Create and We Are Created. In 2015, Michael released an americana tune entitled Running Away From Home and exclusively made it available for purchase on Bandcamp. All proceeds from the song were donated to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Research Foundation as a one year long campaign to raise money for Parkinson's Research.
The song is a story about him running away from home to be a werewolf when he was in Elementary School, after seeing the movie Teen Wolf starring Michael J. Fox. On July 20th 2017, The Hawkline Monster re-released "Running Away From Home" on all streaming services such Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. The single was also made available for purchase on all major digital distribution websites including iTunes, Amazon Music, and the like.
As of late, he has been garnering notoriety playing and hosting popular singer/songwriter nights such as Monday Monday at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles CA, as well as full sets at the same venue.
Michael is currently writing and producing his second album and is using the crowdsourcing platform, Patreon, to help fund his artistic endeavors.