Mike was born in Seattle Washington where he spent the first 5 years of his life before moving to California. Mike was raised in the Bay Area spending time in Hayward, Fremont, & San Ramon. His dad was a professional drummer that toured with many prominent artist of his time including Thumbs Carlisle.
"I started playing the drums at 3 years old when I received my first little kit. I grew up listening to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and The Eagles. The first albums I purchased as a kid were from Kiss and Aerosmith"
Mike lists Neil Peart, Tommy Aldridge, Mike Portnoy, John Bonham, Dave Grohl, Stewart Copland, Travis Baker, Lars Ulrich, Phil Collins, Steve Gadd, Tommy Lee, Chad Smith, and Alex Van Halen as those he was most influenced by.
"I want to give a shout out to the Bay Area drummers I grew up with, Leonard Haze, Troy Luccketta, & John Link"
Mike primarily plays TAMA DRUMS and SABIAN HHX CYMBALS. "My main kit is an (11) piece Tama Star Classic (B&B) Birch & Bubinga Shells (Vintage Aqua Marine)"
"I also use a smaller (7) piece Tama Star Classic B&B Acoustic / Electric hybrid kit - (Vintage Aqua Marine). This is mainly what I practice on in my home studio and I use it in smaller venues".
Mike uses Gibraltar Drum Racks, Trick Pro 1-V Bass Drum Pedals, Roc-N-Soc hydraulic drum thrones, Remo - Emperor over Ambassador clear drum heads, ProMark Drum Sticks and Anvil ATA cases.
Mike also has in his collection...
DW Performance Series (10) Piece - Maple Shells. (Sapphire Blue)
1986 Yamaha Recording Custom (7) Piece with Japanese Birch Shells. (Hot Red) - The Holy Grail
Roland TD-6 and TD-10 Electric Kits