If it took you 10 classes to realize you don't like his style, you have no one to blame but yourself.You seem to be praising Mike's courses a lot. Let me give you my 2 cents and say it as it is. I have 10 of his courses and it's all just tips and tricks without any structure. In fact, they are all live streams where he is mostly just answering questions. He calls this a "Masterclass" of all things. And he wants to charge you for sitting for 4 hours chatting away. On top of that you need to put up with endless verbal diarrhoea, unfunny sexual metaphors and constant whiskey drinking. It's the worst source pedagogically from a relatively unsuccessful composer that never managed to develop a voice of his own. Yea, let's learn from this guy. I have wasted my money because I read threads like yours.
His teachings are so universal, that I recommended his business class - without ever having seen it myself - to someone who doesn't have anything to do with music or audio, because I knew there would be things in there that are relevant to all artists. I asked him how he liked it and this was his reply:
"For me it has been very empowering. The main focus is on marketing oneself and the larger mindset behind that. I've actually recommended the video to further people so I think it's pretty valuable."
If you don't learn anything from Mike's videos, that's a you-problem. If you don't take him up on his offer to refund or exchange if you don't like the class you bought, that's also your problem.
Actually he does a bunch of other things, like VFX work and directing (mostly commercials iirc), but don't ask me what percentage that each is of his income, I have no clue and I don't care.Go ahead and ask Mike what his day job is - … I'll wait. That's because he gets paid to compose music, and gets paid well enough quite obviously. Is fame your marker for successful career?, or not having to find work? Plenty of pop culture icons live dirt poor, bankrupt, ect. He's decades into his career, and still able to put presents under the Christmas tree.
I still agree that he's a successful composer of course!