Tash Hagz is the performance name for singer-songwriter enthusiast, Mike Shields.
I'm an adoptive dad with a pedigree tash; the family cook and a lucid dreamer.
I'm a pet and liquid lover (rescue cat, Manchester Terrier dog; alcohol).
A classic Rock and Alt Rock fan, BBC 6 Music is my radio station of choice.
When I'm not at my day job, socialising or enjoying family life I'm lives the dream:
I become a singer, producer and a multi-instrumentalist crafting contemporary
alternative rock music in a variety of styles.
I use subjects such as homelessness, inequality and victimisation, delivering a bit of a social
commentary whilst maintaining a quirky, sometimes humorous edge.
I'm told several reoccurring subject matter can be recognised in my work, such as traditional love
songs, edgy guitar riffs and harmony rich alt-rock tracks.
Using observations as well as crafting stories, my song world is one where infectious melodies
crash into classic rock-driven guitars.
I live and works in the West Midlands of England.
This is what someone wrote about me once:
“Imagine if The White Album and The Basement Tapes had been written and recorded this side of the
His tracks have been described as classic 70s rock shaped into a 3-minute record.
His music has been compared to John Lennon, The Flaming Lips, David Bowie, Supertramp, Procol Harum,
and Soul Asylum, giving credence to his unique and eclectic musical perspective.
Over the years, his ability to blend diverse palettes of sound to form his own musical tapestries has delighted many.
Through the exploration of various musical landscapes over the years he has honed his skills to deliver a
signature blend of quirky pop blasts featuring piano, layered guitars, harmonies, string arrangements
and melodic craftsmanship.
His story begins growing up in Frodsham, UK where his parents introduced him to an array of music
that featured everything from Billy Connolly and The Beatles to acts like The Clancy Brothers and
Robin Hall & Jimmie MacGregor.
Shields’ own playing began with an old jazz standards songbook, learning chords on his Dad’s
Spanish guitar, crafting his own melodies to accompany the chords as he was unable to read the musical notation.
Before long he taught himself piano.
As a teenager, a life-changing book would introduce him to acts like Big Star, Gang of Four, The Velvet
Underground, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell.
From his pre-teens onwards he worked through several bands exploring folk,
blues, progressive rock and indie.
Distracted with real life, Mike succumbed to a nine to five non-musical career, gaining three
academic degrees on the way.
But a true calling never ceases and Mike found himself being woken up at night by fresh new
melodies pleading with him to give them life. He surrendered to their calling, setting up his own
recording studio and taking time to develop his production skills while working on his vocal
Grammy-nominated producer Victor James is a fan and has described Shields as “a very
Shields has amassed box sets worth of songs over the years, each said to be an honest, organic
track coloured in with catchy melodic hooks. You are invited into his world to listen and sample
the smorgasbord of sound. And like the first taste of a foreign dish, you might struggle to describe
it, be at a loss for words, but you’ll definitely keep coming back for more."