After graduating from The Waldorf School of Baltimore in 2000, Mikko went on to high school at the Baltimore School of the Arts with a focus on music (oboe). He completed his BA at UMBC in Music Recording Arts. Since 2016 he has taught music to high risk youth at the Woodbourne School. In addition to teaching, he worked in home improvement as a carpenter/finisher and as a mill-worker. In his free time, Mikko enjoys outdoor activities, sports and playing guitar.