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My name is Mike and I originally hail from Sydney, Australia where I began playing music at a very young age. Growing up I was surrounded by a wealth of musicianship and left-wing instrumentation, which ended up playing a key role in my development as a drummer.
Since the age of 15 I have been playing professionally as a multi-instrumentalist in many different genres. Artists I have worked with include; Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Emblem3 (X-Factor), Zella Day, Troy Harley, Colby O' Donis (Grammy Award Winner), Reece Mastin (X-Factor) Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc), Casey Donovan (Australian Idol Winner) amongst others.
I own and operate a recording studio in Los Angeles called PLAY;PAUSE:RECORD. I do a lot of remote recording sessions there for all over the world. Some of the Producers/Songwriters I've Worked with inlcude; Lindsay Rimes (Benji Madden, LoCash, The McClymonts, Shannon Noll), Rudy Haeusermann (Snoop Dogg, Matchbox 20, Tina Turner, Rob Zombie), Paul David Hager (All-American Rejects, Lifehouse), Charlie Waymire (Ultimate Rhythm Studios), John Fields (Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Switchfoot) Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Scott Weiland).
I'm endorsed by Ludwig Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Vater Drumsticks, Snareweight, TunerFish Lug Locks, Big Fat Snare Drum, Porter and Davies, Protection Racket, Avid, AKG.
*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are Fun and Laid back. I always enjoy hearing about what music you love and what makes you excited about drums. This will help to keep the lessons fun while informative at the same time. In my opinion, it is very important to make sure you don't feel as though learning drums is like homework - Its not!
My goal as your teacher is to provide you with an education of MUSIC. At the end of the day, every sound we create weather it be on a a trash can or a banjo is music, hence the focus of my lessons. I love to focus on your natural ability and help you grow as fast as possible via techniques that are catered to your level of experience and ability.
I use a wide range of books and teaching techniques that have helped me over the years to reach my goal as a Touring and Recording professional. I like to treat my students with the same respect I was given and pass on the knowledge that I believed played an integral roll in my success.
Whatever your goals are, I strive to make sure you achieve them as fast as possible so you can spend less time on the practice pad and more time rocking!
*** Studio Equipment ***
- 6 x Acoustic Drum Sets - One for the student and One for me to demonstrate.
- Full Pro Tools HD Multi-Track Recording Setup
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum pads. I would expect my students to have a drum kit and sticks or the equivalent materials.
*** Specialties ***
I am a multi-instrumentalist and Recording Engineer/Producer. I teach all aspects of music and can also help with anyone interested in learning about the art of creating music through digital platforms or recording studios.
Formerly lead singer of "Stone Temple Pilots"
· Drum · Patient, reliable, talented drummer & teacher
Mike has been our 13 year old daughters drum teacher for over a year. She went through a couple of teachers before we found mike who was able to connect with her. We thought drumming would be a great way to bolster her self esteem and work on her shyness. Mike has been an extremely patient teacher and found a away to work with her where others failed. Overall, mike is an extremely talented drummer & patient teacher who is both honest and punctual. I wish I could give more than five stars.