During the 2012 election, Mike was the U.S. political correspondent for the Big Issue. That’s pretty impressive, but he opened his first column in a characteristically self-effacing style: “Writing a column would be an easy way to get myself in trouble, because a) there are plenty of people who devote a lot more time to politics and b) as a member of Linkin Park, I have a lot to lose by diving into a commentary on political events. Since I am drawn to terrible ideas and obvious risk, I jumped at the opportunity.”
Mike was also (under the name White Pegacorn) behind Barack Your World, a very rude, very silly political anthem he did with Mark Wakefield, original vocalist for Xero (who later became Hybrid Theory, who later became Linkin Park). The fact that Mark and he are still friends, and Mark isn’t consumed with bitterness that the band he was in went on to such stratospheric success, surely demonstrates Mike’s nice-dudeness and all.