For other people named Michael Sheridan, see Michael Sheridan (disambiguation).
Michael Sheridan (born Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian jazz/punk/noise guitarist who sometimes performs as Scaleshack and has been a member of several bands since 1975 including No (1987-1989) with Ollie Olsen and Marie Hoy, which were described as One of Australias most compelling stage acts incorporatin speed metal, hip hop and electro funk. In 1989 he followed Olsen to join Max Q with Michael Hutchence of INXS on vocals.
Michael Sheridan was born and raised in the Melbourne. In the seventies, whilst still at secondary school, he became fascinated by the guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix and others. Michael moved to Sydney to further his interest in improvised music. He has been a member of several bands since 1975. In 1982 he formed a jazz punk outfit Great White Noise, soon followed by an improvisation group Slaughter House 3, with Jon Rose and John Gillies. By the mid 1980s, Sheridan had moved back to Melbourne and formed Trans Waste with keyboardist Jamie Fielding. He also played in Whaddya Want? with David Chesworth.
In the late 1980s, he played in electro-punk band No with Ollie Olsen and Marie Hoy, and played with Michael Hutchence in Max Q. Following No, Sheridan formed Dumb And The Ugly with John Murphy and David Brown. In 1990 he released his first solo CD, Scaleshack, influenced by sampling and dub techniques. Soon after this, Sheridan joined Peril, with Tony Buck, Otomo Yoshihide, and Kato Hideki. His second solo CD, Digital Jamming, was released in 1996. Sheridan also studied and completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the Sydney Conservatorium 2000, and is qualified as a teacher and composer.