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“Rad Dad Feature: Mike Gallo”

If you don’t know Agnostic Front, you’ve been living under a rock. Arguably one of the most important hardcore bands in history, they defined the New York Hardcore sound and have been at it ever since. Mike Gallo has been playing bass with Agnostic Front for the last 16 years, but his list of expertise doesn’t end there. He’s a barber, an artist, a musician and a rad dad.

1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?

For the past 16 years I been playing bass for the legendary New York Hardcore band Agnostic Front. It’s been an honor and a hell of an experience playing and touring the world with them. I’ve been a fan since my late teens and, to this day, it still feels a little unreal. I’m also a master barber. I been cutting hair for about 5 years now. Also I do art work mostly on vinyl but experiment on other things like street signs and canvases.

You can check out my work on instagram @mikegallo1975 But my most valued task these days is raising my beautiful daughter Rose. When I’m not on the road with the band, I’m home watching the baby. So I make up for the time I miss being away from her and my family. Thank God for my girl. To be honest with you, I don’t think I could do all of this without her. We’re a great team and we will be getting married later this year.

2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?

I believe both dad and mom have to help out 50/50. Can’t expect for just one parent to carry all the weight. Being a good team together helps make everything so much easier. Less stress on one another also helps your relationship. This also reflects on your child when they are in a happy environment as being apposed to them seeing their parents fight all the time. Then they think that’s normal. This can really damage a kid.

3. How did becoming a father change your life?

I never really worried about much. With a child in my life, I’m worried about everything from taking care of her and myself as well. I always lived each day like it was my last and just living for yourself can be dangerous at times. Nowadays I’m trying to eat better and stay in better shape so I can be around longer to see my daughter grow up and be the best parent I can be. I was very selfish in the past. Becoming a father has helped me become a better person and gave me so much more to live for.

4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?

I would have to say that the feeling of love that you have for your child is like no other love you will ever feel. No matter how much you love your girlfriend, your wife or other family members. There’s no greater love that you can ever feel when it comes to your child. It amazes me and it gets stronger every day. It’s actually pretty intense. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me in my life. I’m so grateful to have the chance to raise a child and do my best as a father to teach her valuable lessons that will mold her into a respectful person.

5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?

On the day that she was born, my girl was exhausted and I stayed up all night with the baby. I was excited as much as I was scared. So throughout the night she would wake up and cry a few times and I must have changed her diaper about three times. So after the last time I changed her, she kept crying. I didn’t know what to do because I said to myself, she couldn’t have pooped again, I just changed it. So I stuck my pointer finger into her diaper, pulled it out and it looked like a pudding pop. Boy, did I learn a lesson that night. LOL

6. What advice can you give any new father out there?

Try to be as hands on as possible. Be involved in their lives as much as you can. I have so much respect for my dad who worked two jobs but always made time for me and my brother. It really helps make a stronger bond with your child. Also no matter what happens in your relationship with the child’s mother, it’s best to be civil in front of your kid. You don’t want them to see you fighting all the time because then they will think that’s what a normal relationship is supposed to be. Everything you do reflects on them. An equal partnership is important. Moms and Dads both need to be hands on parents.

Thanks so much Mike! You are an awesome dad and an inspiration to all of us. Hardcore and fatherhood…no better combination.

Follow Mike on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/mikegallo1975/

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