Bellingham, MA USA
band: Session Drummer
STICK SIZE: 5ar
Mike is an American Boston based recording, touring, freelance and remote drummer. Mike has been drumming for local and regional bands most of his career and ha a short stint with Vizztone Records Label Group, Mike has shared the stage with regional and national acts such as, National Product, Black 47, Young Dubliners,J. Geils, The Bosstonnes, Flatfoot 56, Derek Warfield, The Ramones, B.B. King, Joan Jett, Mountain, Melissa Ethridge, Green Jello, Halestorm, Godsmack, Staind, Machine Head, Candlebox, and more! Mike’s playing is very popular in the drumming community, especially his fancy hi-hat rhythms and open-hand stance behind the drum set. Mike started out as a true lefty drummer and would set the snare and hi-hat by the right side of the bass drum, while leading with the left hand crossed over the right hand. This led him to the strong development of his weaker side. As time went by, he started noticing that most of the drummers played in a reversed position from his, setting they had the hi-hat and snare on the left side of the bass drum, while leading with the right hand over the left. Since he preferred that look over the one, he had with the lefty drum set, he decided to switch over, which lead him to the development of the right side of his body also. As you may imagine, this resulted in Mike being able to achieve one of the Holy Grail of drumming, ambidexterity! At the time, Mike thought that ambidexterity was something common to every drummer, which as we all know, it’s something that is actually pretty rare. Open-handed playing allows Mike’s right hand to be a “solo hand” and work around the kit in ways that the standard hand over hand drummer cannot achieve. Mike has been “praised” for his hi hat rhythm pattern work and is often compared to Travis Barker. Paired with his offbeat bass drum patterns while leading double pedals with his left foot.
“Press quotes & testimonials”
Mentioned by Dragonforce on their Instagram reels, @dragonforcehq,
WHY DO YOU PLAY COLLISION?
I Play Collision 5AR, the little extra reach I get from these sticks are perfect. They feel great they are solid and hold up very well against my hard hitting playing style. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a solid, durable nice tapered and long lasting stick!!