Mike Baelde was born and raised in New Westminster, British Colombia. After patiently completing 2 years of classical piano lessons, Mike eagerly switched his musical pursuits to rock guitar at the age of 9.
The moment he picked up his first guitar, it was love.
He began to take regular lessons, which would inspire him to pursue music professionally in the years to come. At age 18, Mike left Vancouver to pursue a diploma in Music Performance from Selkirk College in Nelson, British Colombia. Throughout his years at Selkirk, Mike was a part of numerous jazz music ensembles, including Mango Train, Soul Crush, Tenth Street Collective, as well as a metal band, Amnesty. Upon his graduation, Mike was awarded the Fred Sherrit award for Excellence in Music Performance.
After graduation, Mike returned to Vancouver as the Lead Guitar Instructor for Vancouver Guitar School.
Mike then formed Saturn Alien, a jazz fusion band. The band moved to Montreal, Quebec in order to pursue their music in one of the county's top artistic centres. The following summer, Saturn Alien completed a cross-Canada tour.
Mike still lives in Montreal, teaching guitar full- time for Campfire Guitar Star & Guitar Mastery Method. Mike also performs guitar both independently and with music collectives.