Mike Gamble was born in the U.S. of A’s smallest state, Rhode Island, and has been on the road ever since. While he was growing up, Gamble's family lived in rural New Jersey, Atlanta, Georgia; and finally settled in Columbus Ohio, where he gave up sports and video games to pursue music full time. After years of playing sousaphone in marching band, cello in youth-orchestras, and leading numerous rock projects, Gamble decided to pursue a degree in jazz at the New England Conservatory. He now teaches audio production at Oregon State University and is in and out of his apartment in Brooklyn, New York, touring the states and Europe. While living in New York from 2002-2013, he performed monthly with indie rockers Seequill, his solo project Scrambler, as well as other NYC fixtures like Bobby Previte, The Brooklyn Qawwali Party, and Pete Robbins. For seven years Gamble held down a weekly series he called 4playbar4 in Park Slope. He has also has worked on soundtracks, notably "Manda Bala," an award-winning critical look at the Brazilian kidnapping regime and "Captured," a film about how photographer Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City’s Lower East Side.
From the New York Times:
Atmosphere reigns in “Loomer” (Engine), the intriguing new solo release by the guitarist Mike Gamble, but that doesn’t mean the music lacks for plot or incident. Mr. Gamble, a trained improviser who also travels in the same orbit as the Seattle doom band, Earth, recorded “Loomer” with loops and effects but no preprogrammed material: everything, including the shrewd, shambling drumming, was created alone in real time. (If you’re in New England, you can see him do this live sometime over the next two weeks; check his schedule at mikegamble.tumblr.com.) Mr. Gamble knows his way around a drone, but he also puts a lot of shifting harmony and texture in these one-man sketches, some of which — like “I’m on Your Side,” with its abstracted trip-hop beat — come across as thoughtfully developed compositions.