Mike Mangan is a Los Angeles based Hammond Organist, Pianist, Keyboardist, Composer, Vocalist, Bandleader and Studio/Touring Musician. He is the Keyboardist & Back Up Vocalist for the iconic rock band The Cult. He has also been the featured Organ Player/Keyboardist for Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Alice Cooper to Leo Nocentelli of The Meters to Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic to Jazz Organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith to Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club.
Mangan has worked with bands and artists in a variety of genres from rock to hip hop to blues and jazz. He has also released many albums leading his own bands which include Big Organ Trio, Rebel House Radio, Drawbar and The Deep Under. In addition, he has released dozens of recordings as a solo artist. His compositions and recordings traverse and combine many genres, even quasi-classical pieces, and often incorporate experimental Organ tones, piano, vintage keys & modern day synths. His output includes both instrumental and vocal based music.
Mangan has largely become known for his unique approach to the vintage Hammond Organ, in which he uses a variety of effects pedals to conjure new & fresh tonalities out of the legendary instrument, and for his dynamic live performances.
In 2022 Mangan resumed touring with The Cult, recently finishing two North American tours and a sold out arena tour of the U.K. as a co-bill with Alice Cooper. The band will continue touring throughout the remainder of the year and into 2023.
"The Cult are built for arenas and stadiums. From the sweeping organ tones of Mike Mangan through to the last, howling note, this was, as (Frontman) Astbury kept declaring, a rock ‘n’ roll show."
Paul Monkhouse - Metaltalk.net
"Glenn Hughes was joined by ace keyboardist Mike Mangan...who dazzled on a churchlike solo following "Sail Away" during which he quoted Richard Strauss :thus Spake Zarathustera"
Peter Roche - AXS
"Mike Mangan's Hammond playing is lithe, percussive, greasy, and searing, encompassing elements ranging from Latin to hip-hop, straight-up rock to classic jazz."
Mike Gallant - Keyboard Magazine
"I'm a big fan of Mike Mangan and Big Organ Trio."
“Cool sound. I always considered my organ solos as guitar or maybe horn sections with some organ thrown in, which is not the usual approach. I think Mike Mangan and B.O.T. may have taken that same idea a step further.”
Gregg Rolie - Santana (cofounder and original B3 organist/lead vocalist)
"B3 organ player Mangan was outstanding, with jazz inspired licks that went beyond the typical blues-rock genre."
Bernard Bauer - Music Connection