Mike Dawson is a pro drummer, studio engineer and co-host of The Modern Drummer Podcast. He also finds time to serve as the Managing Editor of Modern Drummer Magazine. I met Mike through acclaimed music educator Mike Johnston, entrepreneur and founder of MikesLessons.com. In this conversation we discuss Mike’s music education, early influences and his prolific hustle as a gigging and studio musician. We also talk about his family life, marketing, YouTube and how playing sports and his dad prepared him for life.
Mike has been an inspiration for me in drumming, writing, podcasting, and outlook. Beyond that, he’s a growing inspiration to musicians and drummers in particular, all over the world. His work at Modern Drummer has been amazing, and now he’s influencing on social media and throughout the music world.
Mike talks about drumming techniques, and how his extensive background in music impacts his current work. It is interesting to hear his take on self-taught versus classically trained musicians who are schooled.
- Self-taught musicians vs classically trained musicians
- An interesting discussion on “dynamics” in drumming composed of touch and sensitivity
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