A west-coast boy with east-coast sensibilities
Byron started his career in British Columbia with an interest in classical guitar (winning the Royal Conservatory of Toronto's first prize in their national guitar examination), while also touring with the Caledonia Jazz Band, playing everything from Glenn Miller to Pat Metheny, all the while teaching at the Terrace Little Theatre company.
In the early 90s, Byron headed east and set up shop in Québec City and began scholarship studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec where he performed in master classes with internationally known guitarists David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, David Tannenbaum, Elliott Fisk and Remi Boucher.
Byron's mastery of his instrument in many styles has won him awards all the way from traditional classical guitar competitions through to his June 1996 "Lick of the Month" recognition from famed American "Guitar Magazine."
His rock career began with a number of early bands (Gypsy Moth, The Blokes) and then he helped to found the band One Ton in 1997, which eventually went on to sign with Warner Brothers Records. As composer and lyricist for the band, they were nominated for the Best New Band Juno Award in 2003 and also the ADISQ 2003 award for Best Non-French Québécois Album. Their song "Supersex World", from the album Abnormal Pleasures, placed as a top ten Canadian single in the summer of 2002 and was internationally released in Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Italy and Canada. Supersex World also won Socan “Best Dance Song” of the 2002 in Canada.
In 2004, Byron “Maiden” Mikaloff (his DJ name), founded the project Bunka Busta in which he brought his guitar, vocal and composing skills into the electronic-dance music realm. After years of intensive touring, Bunka Busta released the album Rocket Roller Coaster in 2007 and went on to open for Kanye West the same year at the “FEQ”, Quebec City’s prestigious summer festival.
His endeavours however aren’t limited to music but also fashion, promotion, production and marketing. Working with fashion companies such as GSUS (Holland), Cor Sin Labi Doli (Italy) and Tiger of Sweden (Sweden), he honed his skills as a stylist and marketing guru for his current project, The Lost Fingers and other artists. Whether it be fashion events, concept parties, concerts, promotion, publicity jingles or add campaigns, he expresses himself very well artistically and is a cunning, creative businessman.
He also models occasionally and is represented by the agency: Agence Caractere.
Byron’s current and most successful project is The Lost Fingers which he founded in 2006 with virtuoso, Dr. Christian Roberge. Calling upon Alex Morissette’s incredible bass talents in 2007, the trio was officially formed and in 2008 released “Lost in the 80’s” with Tandem/Sony Music Canada. It exploded and sold over 200,000 copies earning them double platinum status in Canada and they have toured the world internationally ever since.