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Meet Mikel Jollett, Lead Singer of The Airborne Toxic Event

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Los Angeles' local heroes, The Airborne Toxic Event, are coming back to town for a giant homecoming show at the Henry Fonda on Thursday. Over the past year this band has launched itself into the musical stratosphere with their self-titled album which has earned constant rotation on the now deceased Indie 103 and KROQ radio stations. Mikel Jollett founded the band after one hell of a week. In one week his mother fell ill with pancreatic cancer, then he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and then the relationship he was in fell apart. While his mother was in recovery, Jollett found himself playing the guitar and writing songs to help him cope. A few months later he formed the Airborne Toxic Event and the band been rocketing to glory ever since. Mikel Jollett was kind enough to talk to us earlier this week.

You formed the band right after what had to be the worst week ever for you. Why did you start a band?
By that point I had already written a ton of songs. I didn't even think about starting a band. It was more like, "God I wonder if this will work." Because I hadn't played any of my music with anyone else. I've never been a jammer. I just wondered if these songs would work if there were other people in the room playing too. I just wanted to hear what it would sound like.