|Mike Johnston began studying the drums at the age of 5. He spent the next 15 years studying privately with some of the greatest educator/drummers of our time including Pete Magadini, Steve Ferrone, and Steve Smith.
At the age of 21 Mike received his first major label record deal with his band Simon Says (Hollywood Records) and spent the next 5 years touring the world.
He received a gold record for his contributions to the Varsity Blues soundtrack and has appeared on The Late Show with Dave Letterman as well as on MTV's Fashionably Loud.
Mike's endorsements include:
Aquarian drum heads, Gretsch drums, Vater Drumsticks, Meinl Cymbals
Mike has toured the US and Europe with Hollywood Recording artists Simon Says (drummer) and Warner Bothers Recording artists FILTER (percussion).
Mike currently runs the educational website mikeslessons.com where he offers live and pre-recorded drum lessons. He also hosts 10 International Drum Camps each year at the Mikeslessons.com Facility.
Mike spent 2012 touring the United States giving clinics at various music stores. He was also a performer both days at the 2012 Meinl Drum Festival.