Mike was born in Wimbledon during the 1960s, went to university, discovered music and girls, dropped out of university and joined a succession of bands who didn't quite make it. All the time, Mike wrote and demoed his own songs in the safety of his bedroom.
Quitting music, Mike started working with computers before most people knew what a computer was and carved out a string of successful businesses.
Watch our exclusive video interview to find out what happened next and what happened after that.
After February's HMV's Next Big Thing festival gig at the Jazz Cafe, Mike begins a month-long tour supporting The Stranglers on 4 March.
Debut album Nearly Man is out now. www.mikemarlin.co.uk
Watch part two of the Mike Marlin video here.