Mitchell started to learn about music in elementary school when he joined the school band with an alto saxophone. He played through 6th grade, then decided to pickup a guitar after being inspired by the Eagles’ discography. His first guitar teacher really only taught basic chords, so soon after, Mitchell’s father introduced him to Rush, the Canadian trio formed by the prog rock gods themselves.
He quickly took to Geddy Lee’s intricate bass lines which were perfectly audible through Lee’s massive tone. He became determined to try bass instead, and turned out to be the perfect fit. Two years from entering high school, and still new to stringed instruments, he set out to find a new music teacher. Craig Latronica helped him build a foundation for proper technique, as well as familiarizing him with other bass greats, including Geezer Butler, Flea, John Entwistle, and many others.
Mitchell learned from Latronica through Freshman year, and then sought to find a teacher to help him with live performances as well as further advancing his skills. He then found Lou LaRocco, of LaRocco’s Music. Fresh with newfound knowledge, he joined a band with his long time friend, Chris. In the band was Paul Gehlhar, who had just formed another band with David Coffman, another friend of Mitchell’s, called Ninja Gandhi.
Ninja Gandhi was brand new when, just having released their EP entitled Choice of Life. It only took one listen for him to fall in love with their music. The band shared with Paul and Chris came to an end around his sophomore year. He still supported NG by attending their shows and buying their merchandise. A short time after Mitchell’s high school graduation, David called him up and informed him that Ninja Gandhi had recently parted with their earlier bassist and wondered if he wanted to join. He agreed without hesitation.
Since entering the band, he has become acquainted with more modern metal bands such as Mastodon, Avenged Sevenfold, System of a Down, and Cattle Decapitation. Though in a metal band, he now usually listens to vibey indie artists such as Triathlon, Josè Gonzalez, and Tash Sultana.
As of early 2019, Mitchell has been on all three tours Ninja Gandhi has gone on, and is contributing toward their inevitable 2nd studio album.