Welcome to the official website of Mike Mangini, drummer
for Dream Theater! We hope to keep Mike's following updates current. However,
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- 4/10/2014 -
Here my Along For The Ride Tour drum solo from the
stage POV with 16 camera angles and live, raw sound. Hope it is entertaining.
- 6/9/2014 -
The DreamTheater360 App for Android
Interactively experience in 360° "Bridges In The Sky” & "6:00” at launch along with other cool
content -- biographies, discography, photos etc. More songs to follow weekly!
- 6/3/2014 -
I just saw a test video of the drum solo I have been
performing on the "Along for the Ride" tour. It isn't a normal look :):) and I've never
seen anything like it, so it is taking a while to get it together. If enough people are
interested in my explaining the musical source as well as how to play it, then we will
put something together using it.
- 5/9/2014 -
For all interested in the drum mechanics of what I'm doing
on my break: My Brain Hurting practicing is about delving into the realm of multiple sounds,
rhythmic & limb patterns that would normally sound like a math puzzle rather than music.
However, I have found a way recently to play what could be a hundred thousand more extremely
complex combinations (in hours rather than decades) while knowing which ones make a groove and
make music. These are the ones I will take to Dream Theater.
My downfall is the same as everyones: a lack of foot and balance strength & speed (physically,
in addition to mind processing speed.) If you practice drums, you know darn well that a lack of
balance and foot speed while trying to really hit the pedals can render all of us unable to
execute something totally new while trying to use them like hands. I'm chipping away and it is fun
to have something to grow into.
- 5/9/2014 -
Wiring up the drum kits microphones today after a brain hurting practice.
- 5/5/2014 -
Nostalgic talk for those interested: While consolidating drum kits
and making space, my tech from the Vai days and I disassembled and stacked/stored my Vai used Opal White
Maple kit and the Platinum Mist Birch one (Mullmuzzler II & Annihilator A.F.Y. record.) We realized
the heads on the Opal kit were 15 years old as I wanted to preserve it by not using it. Where does
the time go? We'll be moving my studio full "DT" Mahogany kit to my 'ready to use' area and move
the Nub (American Choppers) Reference pure kit to my home studio to replace the Mahogany one.
Computers and software upgrades and fixes due this week. Finally AFTER 3 1/2 YEARS in Dream Theater
I'm getting to all this dusty stuff :-) A non drummer must think we're nuts for wanting to stack up and
look at all our drums and maybe hit them once in a while :-)
- 4/29/2014 -
I am home & beat to a pulp after these 2 tour legs.
In addition to catching up with life, there's so much swapping of gear to do in my studio
(ADToE drum kit, Samson Audio gear etc.) First is resting with no playing for a couple of
days. I think most of us drummers get hurt moving gear than hitting the drums. I'll be
practicing some new Tempo Advance driven patterns, checking in on video clips and composing a batch of riffs.
- 4/26/2014 -
Guadalajara tonight is the final show of this leg. I
have filmed a lot with Zoom and ION cameras and have help to put together some clips.
- 4/25/2014 -
Tuukka Rask nominated for the Vezina Trophy. Heavy Metal
- 4/23/2014 -
Hello Monterrey Mexico !! This place looks like it holds a LOT
of people. The lights and video screens ought to look killer !! I'd love if we got mainstream
airplay in the USA so we could play the hockey arenas as I selfishly want to look up at all the
Stanley Cup Banners around the league while playing the drums. I dreamed about playing in the
NHL when I was very young. I took lots of pics of the pics of the old school (60's & 70's) Canadians
in Montreal. Fun Stuff.
- 4/21/2014 -
The USA is Done. I have great memories-- Really
great ones. We are on to Mexico next and I expect craziness as usual because everyone
knows that we are bringing our very, very best efforts. This show is the most important
thing to us. Enjoy !!
- 4/17/2014 -
Finally Sunny weather. It has been out since Kansas City and
the West Coast has been just awesome. I just wish I could enjoy it more. I am occupied until
very, very late after the shows, often can't catch up with anyone and sleep till the last
minute in afternoon in order to stay healthy. I've missed a lot of friends on this leg,
sorry, but, being healthy trumps all and what matters most is the show, which it appears is
kicking high energy butt for 3 hours. What a ride this is. Enjoy this massive production if
you're at the shows.
- 4/11/2014 -
Cool photo that Dream Theater's Facebook account shared - by Rob Fenn (Denver, CO - 4/10/2014)
- 4/10/2014 -
That Drummer Guy Interviews Mike Mangini:
- 3/27/2014 -
This N. American Tour is kicking butt. Thank you Canada
and Boston. Holy crowd explosions. What a job by a LOT of people and musicians in my
hometown. I'm still stunned by how an entire venue can stand all night and still be
crazy at the end. At least I'm moving !! On to tonight near Philly with my new sneakers !!
- 3/6/2014 -
The Grid won a Drummie for Best Instructional Video. Cool!
- 3/4/2014 -
I do have some video footage to post. I will put up
a couple of clips ASAP, but I am OVERWHELMED with interviews, post and upcoming
touring work and personal appointments for the next two weeks with NO days off.
This home time is NO break that's for sure. I'll do my best posting as I have a
couple helpers for this page, so that will help expedite the process.
- 3/4/2014 -
Thank you Europe and Russia for making our tour
so amazing. I was really stunned at the growing amount of children and females
of all ages at these shows. I mean that. I really noticed it each night and I'm
so happy our music is reaching such a large spectrum of people. I remember that
a few guys at the VIP meet and greets mentioned that they still want their wives
or girlfriends to come to a DT show. Tell them that they will not be alone next time.
- 2/24/2014 -
If you want to be a fly on the wall... As I am right
now warming up with the 5:19 Polyrhythm setting, Jordan is putting 4:5 and 15:19.
This is the most fun band on the planet.
- 2/24/2014 -
6:19 Polyrhythm Mode shown slow and fast for two
entirely different applications. My last posts were using the slower tempos.
- 2/24/2014 -
I will follow up with an explanation of the Tempo Advance
- 2/19/2014 -
This warm up using the 6:19, but faster, helps tighten
up my limbs for the double kick parts in Enemy Inside and Shattered Fortress. I have
not much of any warm up for a few weeks, so I now have time and am trying to improve
by using polyrhythms to make things harder for myself. Tempo Advance (again) is the
key here... so are the Wincent leg pads and Pearl practice rig.
- 2/19/2014 -
This is a little echoey, but I use the App to play a
6:19 polyrhythm very, very slowly so that I can fit two groups of left side HFF trips
in each of the 19 (loud) clicks while my right side designates the "1" of every 19th
of those six notes that fit inside the 19 loud ones.... are you tired yet ? It makes
Illumination Theory a lot easier to play in one quick section.
- 2/19/2013 -
Tempo Advance is available. I worked with the developer
to cater this App to my specific warm ups and practice sessions. I will post application
videos first, then I can post more details about it even though the tutorials should
- 2/19/2014 -
What a tour and show this is turing out to be! It has
taken a few weeks, but I'm finding all kinds of things/orchestrations to change and
things to keep as is in the drum parts to the previous recordings before ADToE and DT
without losing the essence of them and having FUN doing it. Every night is an amazing
crowd going crazy all the way to the back of the arena... I can everyone in there;
all the hands way up high in the very back of the venues. The production must look
killer from back there!! Enjoy!!!
- 2/3/2014 -
Looking Glass video is released.
- 2/3/2014 -
Mangini interviewed by Stormbringer
- 2/3/2014 -
- 2/2/2014 -
What an experience this tour is. The press and fans
have noticed. What a reward. Our show was simply off the charts difficult to get
right at first with all the timing needed to have the videos and song transitions
run smoothly etc etc etc. It is way more difficult than last tour. I had to wear
reading glasses the first bunch of shows to see all my ear, set list and REDBOX
settings. I also had to smash in my ear monitors with a bandana... that I still
wear. Bottom line is how cool the production is and how much fun the songs are
to dig into.
- 2/2/2014 -
- 1/22/2014 -
New Kit, New Back Movie Screen.
- 1/13/2014 -
Playing in Porto in a couple of days ...that old
building is going to turn into a giant party den :) See you soon if you're going!
- 1/10/2014 -
I'm having a good 'ol time with this
...If interested, you can finally see get a grasp on what I'm doing that is so specific to
only my kit in Bridges (5m and 7:30 especially) and This is the Life (I wish the L/R hi hat pedal work
could be seen.) For me, I can see the others from the front for a whole tune; something I
can never do in reality. I'm posting again about this not to push the App per say; I know
that it takes time to download; that it isn't for Android; I want to promote the sharing
of what I knew was so fun about the ADToE drum parts that can now be seen. I'd freak over
a Bonham 360 cam or one for a whole lot of drummers. Fun stuff.
- 1/9/2014 -
I didn't know about this... how cool huh?? Yes, I just bought it.
No special treatment. We're all on the same ride in the end. Enjoy if you get it!!
- 1/5/2014 -
It is 'that' time again!!!
- 1/1/2014 -
Happy 2014!!! Here's another clinic solo video. The
sound is a bit distorted and the solo is sort of a "test some ideas solo and let it build"
solo. It includes a few gear breakdowns from my not thoroughly checking the kit first. oops.
So, this solo is unique because of those challenges that made me have to improvise even more.
I know most fans of solos like the 'real' stuff...no edits... and some adversity etc., so I
hope you enjoy this ! I especially can't wait for the drum & head wear commenting authorities
to critique it on all levels, but to watch the whole thing!! LOL. And I wore a bandana?? I
didn't get the rule book memo yet! Funny and funnier ...but I hope most people enjoy this and
Have a Happy New Year all!
- 12/25/2013 -
Merry Christmas - go get your free live album if you haven't already downloaded it!!
- 12/24/2013 -
Merry Christmas everyone! I just check the Norad Santa Tracker
and he is over southern India at this time... Have a happy holiday season!
- 12/23/2013 -
Hudson let me know that Amazon has the "Grid." I'm not
sure this is available everywhere, so it might help to know. If you have it already, it
is interesting to compare the raw kit sound to the final DT album sound and it is the
last you'll see me in the Skrillex Glasses :) I had to get stronger ones recently. I'm sure
I am not alone!
- 12/11/2013 -
Here's a solo over 20 minutes after the minute of music fades.
There could not have been more people stuffed in there and we had a really fun time ! Great
"Team Pearl" for the tour and store crew too ! You'll see me trying to reset my electronics
and missing few moves, then getting them. Sometimes that the fun stuff to see. Between that
and the comfort, that's I chose this solo.
- 12/8/2013 -
Pure fun and pride for the whole team!!
- 11/27/2013 -
Back to the practice Grid Iron...
- 11/22/2013 -
I am back from Europe and back in Daily Dream Theater Land. What a trip!!!
How awesome where you hosts?? Thank You!! I have not yet organized my photos to post an album. I do
however have some usable video that I can post. I'll get some help from my FB/YouTube helpers and get
this going. Look at all the radio adds for DT on the DT FB !! How cool. What a nice thing to see. I did
interviews there and ate like a local everywhere I went. Yummm ! Thank you Germany, Austria, France,
Norway, The Netherlands, Belgium, Poland and Spain for hosting me. Where DT doesn't visit soon, I will
ask to visit on the next clinic run.
- 11/11/2013 -
I filmed a few clinics on my Zoom. I like the black light off the white kit!
It is Pearl Masters Series at this one in Moss.
- 11/8/2013 -
The Norway clinics are fun. Bergen Clinic and
more fresh fish to eat tomorrow !!
- 11/2/2013 -
I learned that my Grid DVD is in Europe ! Hope you got it if you were at
the Adam's clinic last night. Tonight is Roden. It ought to be a great time !!
- 10/28/2013 -
Thus far, clinic in Germany, Austria and Paris have been a whirlwind
flying/driving/playing. I'm off to Zurich soon and will play there tomorrow night.
- 10/19/2013 -
I'm so happy that I worked with Hudson on "The Grid." I just had a
chance to go through the content. You should know that I improvised the filming based on a strict
Grid outline. You can tell because there are long periods with no edits. I think it proves that
the Grid works! Hudson brought it to life with magnificent production, graphics, notation
...I'm blown away personally by them all and their work. Disc 1 contains lots of explanations -
deep stuff- and a 21 min. clinic solo! Disc 2 has a ton of mini solos and my favorite live ADToE
Tour solos shot from above my head. Pure fun. Hope you like it!
This lesson is KILLER fun for anyone interested. I've come up
with a wickedly simply way to get to know standard Rudiments very quickly and to take them
to Pluto skill-wise. I learned from teaching that a lot of us we're, or are forced to learn
the 26 rudiments and it doesn't have the same longterm personal effect as wanting to do it
from the heart having seem something really cool. This lesson pack is no waste of time I'll
tell you that !!. And yes... I have to buy it myself !!! I'm really happy to share time info
- 10/11/2013 -
You'll hear my G3 and "Dream Theater" kits all naked in this trailer :)
Here's a link directly to Hudson Music as well.
This is the session where this page's cover photo comes from.
Just a little insight into the history of the kit. Important stuff about endorsement relationships
too. No playing in this clip. Between tour legs next year, I hope to finally record song of mine in
this room. The contours are simply abnormal and incredible sounding. First Oct/Nov clinics, then DT
Europe, then I can mess around with compositions.
- 10/10/2013 -
An extremely successful Canadian Clinic run was had a couple of weeks
ago. Sold out shows; lots of people got gear I played or play at a great prices. JAM industries ran
a fantastic campaign. Pearl Day with Steve's & the other Axe Music shops clinics stuffed the rooms.
It was fun to solo for a half an hour ! Thanks to Pearl, REMO, Shure, Zildjian, Zoom and Vater.
- 9/26/2013 -
I'm trying to follow through on my promise to post
more video. I'm just blasted with responsibilities, but remembered that people said
they would not mind a simple, one camera, room sound posting. So check this out:
- 9/25/2013 -
Can anyone guess the time signature structure
when the bass & drums enter after the middle section in Illumination Theory?
Of course one could interpret that in different ways just from math use, but I'll
hint that it is 'simple.'
- 9/24/2013 -
Because there is as much interest in this than
in drumming, here is a bit about drummer's hair: Most of us don't like it in our
faces. Longer hair has more weight and stays off the face better than medium length
in general. Short hair doesn't do anything fun or wild to match rock/metal music.
I do not know any drummers that have hair extensions, including me. My hair grows
wickedly fast. Bushier, or wavier hair finds a home in my mouth every 3 seconds.
People guess correctly that long haired drummers are not airline pilots, state senators,
or professional baseball players. Most of us don't wear hats on stage out of respect
for a professional environment, unless the situation is casual. Hair style changes
makes for great gossip, babbling and often trumps more important internet news,
like good deeds, awesome chicken recipes, or the release of new music.
- 9/24/2013 -
Saw Luna Park last night. ADToE cycle is done.
New DT is finally out and tour prep unfolds. Feels liberating that some old chapters
in the timeline of experience and history are unconditionally and absolutely closed
for good and that brand new ones are developing! Thanks to all of you enjoying all
the good stuff with me! I can communicate things about song parts once I'm done
preparing for all my upcoming clinics. Peace!
For fans of Mike and his incredible Rhythm Knowledge systems,
you'll be thrilled that Mike's first educational DVD set has been released by Hudson! ...Two DVD's
packed with amazing info that will help you learn how to improvise, among many other things. Info here: