Mikey Havoc (Michael Roberts) traces his love of music to the first year of high school when he started buying cassettes, which led to him and his cousin Ken Green becoming obsessed with heavy metal. He convinced his mother to buy him a guitar, an amp, and a distortion pedal, but guitar lessons didn’t get him very far (nor did an attempt at drums). Yet by fifth form (Year 11), he’d still managed to start his first band.
In 2002, Havoc appeared in Auckland Theatre Company’s production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He hadn’t sung in a theatre show since high school, though as a teen his powerful voice had shone through in his school musicals and this had led to him being picked to perform a song from Phantom of the Opera at the Entertainer of the Year Awards.