Mike Machine

COUNTRY Canada      
GROUP Independent Clinician, Touring Artist      

Biography

BIOGRAPHY:  Born in Miramichi New Brunswick, Mike “Machine” Mallais began playing drums at the age of (2) on a Sears catalogue drumset called “Blue Thunder”. 

 By the age of (4), Mike had destroyed that drum set and began using his grandmother’s knitting pins on everything and anything he could find as replacements for his demolished drum kit. His parents, with his grandmother’s approval, finally invested in a “real” drum kit for him at the age of (5). 

 At this age of (5), Mike was introduced to the musical genre "Heavy Metal", and he immediately became focused on this style with its fast and furious drum madness. In grade one, Mike had already been studying Metal for two years and had a handle on the drum techniques of classic metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Ozzy, and Metallica.  

 Being stuck in a small town, Mike became obsessed with these three bands, learning even the finest detail about the bands and their drummers. Drumming was his initial passion to the true sense of the word. 

 In the course of his school years Mike played with several musicians and bands but Mike’s drumming career really started to become professional once he left high school. Mike has played with over 500 bands and has performed an estimated 3000 live performances and still growing! He has also made several Radio and Television appearances on stations such as CBC,CTV, ATV, APTN, MTV, and more! 

 Mike "Machine" is adept in a multiple of genres and is a multi-instrumentalist and world-class Performer/Educator/Clinician/Tech. 

 Mike loves to take lessons from anyone willing to share, he has had lessons in Cuba, USA, Canada and he teaches and performs full time. He has taught over 1000 players! 

 Since Mike was always involved in the Heavy Metal Genre, his endless training and hard work with speed drumming has enabled him to win many WFD (www.extremesportdrumming.com) foot titles! 

The 2005 Maritime WFD Champ (Hands) – (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) 

The 2006 Canadian WFD Champ (Hands/Feet) – (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) 

The 2007 WFD World Finals Battle of the Feet Champ – (Anaheim, California, USA) 

The 2007 World’s Fastest Drummer (Battle of the Feet category) 

Mike is still ranked as the undefeated world WFD Foot Champion! 

 Mike is proudly sponsored by Yamaha drums/hardware/electronics, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, DB drum shoes, HeadHunter Creations, Evans Drumheads, Power Wrist Builders, KellyShu,Hansenfutz, Drumometer, Sweetspot. 

 His passion and focus combined with his natural skill and determination has helped ensure that he reaches his ultimate goal of becoming a full time touring/recording musician/clinician. 

 This passion for drumming has extended into almost every aspect in the craft such as performing/teaching/teching/selling/repairing/inventing/promoting and most important to him.... sharing. 

 "Drumming is an expression of personality, emotion, and language. My hope is to learn them all with the time I have and make the biggest waves in the biggest pools!" 

BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Nicko McBrain, Dave Lombardo, Lars Ulrich, Tony Williams, Virgil Donati, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Ronald Bruner Jr, Gregg Bissonette and so many more.

FAVORITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON:  George Paul & the Red Ochre Band - Spirit of Dreams 

FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: Planet X - Quantum

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Becoming the World's Fastest Drummer for Double Bass. 

FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 22" Prototype Artisan Ride

 

 

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