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Monday, March 28, 2011 - 17:39 PM

Mike Johnston Of Now Playing Meinl Cymbals

Meinl Cymbals is extremely proud to announce that world renowned drum educator Mike Johnston has joined the Meinl Cymbal family.

Online Educator and clinician 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 and Steve Ferrone.

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 also toured internationally with Warner Bothers Recording artists FILTER.

Mike currently runs the educational website where he offers pre-recorded video drum lessons as well as "LIVE" online drum lessons nationally and internationally. He also hosts 10 International drum camps per year at the facility.

Check out the video Mike made explaining his move to Meinl Cymbals.

Chris Brewer

Chris Brewer

Artist Relations Manager for Meinl USA

28 responses to "Mike Johnston Of Now Playing Meinl Cymbals"

mass posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 3:34 AM

Ick. This guy is such a shameless self-promoter with a self-inflated ego. sad to see meinl is only feeding the fire.

Henry posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 15:07 PM

@ mass - I disagree with the ego comment. Personally I respect him as a drummer and educator.

Good for him to switch to Meinl.

Jason Chacon posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 16:16 PM

This is like a dream, my favorite drummer playing my favorite cymbals! Awesome

drumminfool24 posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 16:38 PM

Chris Coleman & Mike Johnston are my 2 favorite drummers so this is GREAT.

tamaman posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 17:07 PM

I\'ve been following Mike since he first started doing videos on YouTube. It\'s been incredible watching him turn into a major force in the drum industry. Congrats on the signing.

Alex Lucero posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 17:17 PM

Mike Johnston, Chris Coleman, Johnny Rabb, Benny Greb! FTW

Estevan R. posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 17:20 PM

I also have to disagree with you about your comment , if you\'ve ever met mike he\'s an extremely polite and funny guy. Not selfish at all

If you met him or many other clinicians like his self then you would know that theres a difference from Selfish and Self-sufficient

Rob posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 17:22 PM

I have so much respect for this guy! He has done so much to create that good vibe between drummers, and have helped so many students become better drummers! He is aboslutely one of my drumming heroes.

Keep it up Mike!!

Davy posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 17:28 PM

Lol @ your comment Mass. This guy is taking drum education to the next level. Have also met and studied with him one on one a number of times and is the most humble guy I\'ve ever met.

Haters be hatin\' tho...

Kane37 posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 17:38 PM

Just went to his artist page and checked out his new cymbals. I\'m ordering a few of those today. Great partnership guys :)

Emmett posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 17:50 PM

@mass that is just so totally untrue

Anna G posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 18:03 PM

Mike\'s new video has seriously caused me to consider switching to Meinl. More stuff with him please!

Christopher posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 19:06 PM

That dude can break down just about anything.

Chris posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 19:37 PM

Ha, Mass you fool, trying to vilify such a well respected educator.

Welcome to the Meinl family, Mike.

Sean Appel posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 19:56 PM

Great to see Mike finding the cymbals he wants for his playing! Mike is an outstanding teacher, a wonderful person and now a great friend. He is humble, honest and extremely helpful in more than teaching. Meinl, you are lucky to have Mike in your lineup!

Broc Trammell posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 20:08 PM

Mike you are the MAN, super pumped to see you in this new stage in your life. I didn\'t really care for Meinl until you played them for us, now I\'m a huge fan.

Josh posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 20:09 PM

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!! that\'s all I can say

Torje Breidablik posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 20:10 PM

Awesome! Congrats on the move to Meinl, Mike!
Ireally have got to check out some Meinls, for sure! :)

Antony K posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 20:17 PM

The crash cymbals as well as the other effect cymbals sound amazing! Spot on for Mikes sound too!

I only have something against the HiHat. I think it\'s great but it\'s not for Mikes sound.
His previous hihat sound was spot on. Oh well, who am I to tell?:)


P.S @Mass: 0/10

BradfromBawston posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 20:19 PM

As a fellow Meinl player for the last three plus years glad to see Mike used his ears to define his next step in his search for his sound. His candor and honesty about the process is enlightening. Hopefully we will see him on some clinics tours as Meinl has been known for here in the NorthEast US of A.

The power of three: Great company, Great products and a great all-around humble guy who is a class act joining the ranks!

Randy S posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 20:23 PM

Mike is one of the best educators I\'ve ever meet. It\'s very apparent he is excited to be part of your Cymbal Family. Mike has a gift for helping drummers and that\'s why his online site has and will continue to expand. Sean got it right when said \"You are lucky to have him in your lineup\" He is a \"TRUE PROFESSIONAL \" in every way. MEINL welcome to the Mike Johnson Family.

Scott \"Dirty\" G. posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 20:47 PM

You\'re the man Mike!! I wish you the best with your fresh new Meinl relationship! I think both you and Meinl made a great choice to join forces! Catch ya soon!! And a note to Mass- Don\'t hate, participate!!!

PierceAlexD posted on Mar 31, 2011 - 0:28 AM

@ Mass -- Mike has a \"self-inflated ego?\" WHAT?!?? Are you sure you\'re not trolling?

Chloééééé D. posted on Mar 31, 2011 - 15:45 PM

Mike, i\'m really happy for you! :) That\'s sooo awesome :D Those cymbals are incredible, they all sound great!
@Mass, i\'m not sure you really know who you\'re talking about. I\'m taking MikesLessons and i can tell you Mike is a really humble man, and he knows what he\'s doing... & He\'s an amazing teacher and drummer, he just deserves that new partnership :)

Niki posted on Mar 31, 2011 - 20:42 PM

@mass, you\'re just a troll. This dude is awesome!

tosch posted on Mar 31, 2011 - 22:42 PM

I am a Paiste guy myself but love to browse other companies`websites for videos etc....I remember Mike there presenting the different lines for the \"Cymbal Vault\". What I like about him most is that he is really earnest on his motivations to do what he is doing, such as changing the company. He could have somewhat curved around with explanations and finally stumbled over his own words, but he is enough a man to stand up for what he wants and clearly say: Look guys @ Paiste, loved you so far and maybe always will but I want something different! Well, for me, this is real professionality and discretion at the same time.

Thumbs up, great choice anyway, Mike, even though I\'m 100% into Paiste.

Jack Love posted on Apr 01, 2011 - 13:42 PM

@ Mass, I just gotta say, as somebody who has spent time and studied with Mike Johnston, he is a seriously humble bro. I recommend you get to know him a bit, he really goes out of his way to help his students. He has gained my loyalty both as a fan and a student, and I can\'t wait to go to another of his drum camps.

JasonplaysMB20 posted on Apr 01, 2011 - 15:28 PM

I saw this video a few days ago on Youtube and immediately ordered two of the Raw Bell Ride and the Extra Dry Crash. Can\'t wait to get them!

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