Mike Joey Born and raised in Melbourne Australia, “Mike J” his teenage years
were spent playing in hard rock, funk and grunge garage bands on the local
In 2004 Mike was involved in a major car accident and was in a coma for 2
weeks and at a rehabilitation hospital for 3 months. He sustained many internal
injuries and it was not certain if he would be able to play drums again. Beating
the odds, Mike picked up the sticks and after 2 years of rehabilitation started
playing hand percussion. After playing percussion with SuperStar Loops,
alongside some of Melbourne’s finest House and Latin DJs at the Kiss My Grass
Music Festival at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl Melbourne in front of 40,000
people, Mike felt that it was time to get back on the full drum kit again and test his wares as a hard hitting rock drummer.
Mike cut his teeth in the covers scene for some of Melbourne’s most successful
cover bands including Slumberyard, Rockstar, Element, Drive Live and did
various fill in work for other cover bands playing an array of different styles.
Mike also played drums for hard hitting Blues Rock band Tough Luck supporting
Australian Rock legends The Angels in 2007 fronted by Doc Neeson. In 2011
Mike played acoustic percussion for Australian born Toby Rand (London Cries,
‘Rockstar Supernova’ American TV show contestant) live to air on Triple M
Melbourne and also at the “IT’S PERSONAL” shows in Melbourne. Mike also
plays percussion with pop artist Chloe Maggs who in 2014 has been signed to
English Producer Denis Ingoldsbys label.
Mike also appeared in the Australian issued Drum Scene magazine as an up and
coming artist and was also endorsed with Sabian Cymbals.
Mike is known as an all rounder when it comes to drumming and took lessons with some of the greats in the industry, including Pink’s drummer Mark
Schulman and Prince’s drummer John Blackwell, Mike has learnt, whether it’s
rock, funk, blues or hip hop, it is so important to sit on the beat to service the
song and the artist performing it and not just about having flashy chops or Twirling
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