Dream Theater Audition

Below, is a real-time account of how he won his current job with Dream Theater. Here is part of the actual audition.

Read about his audition history in the BIOGRAPHY.

Mike performed 3 of the band’s songs, an open jam and time signature playing tests with flawless execution. Contrary to interesting internet banter, he was not a “shoe-in” for the Dream Theater band member job. He did not get it given to him because of “connections,” “contracts” “offers,” where he lived, or for any other reason, like being from a state close to NY and teaching at a college that 3 DT attended for a year. 

Those things are narrative diversions and do not relate in any way to how well he played that day. 

More specifically, there were and are no “band exclusivity” contracts or any other having to do with the audition, or taking the job. Only a release form had to be signed by all auditioners for use of the audition footage. Nobody was offered this job by the entire band except Mike Mangini. That offer was caught on film.

Another fabricated internet narrative is that Mike’s “connections” to D.T. “won” him the job. His strongest connection to D.T. prior to the audition was original drummer, Mike Portnoy, who months after Mangini won the audition, asked for his job back. Now, that’s a clear demonstration to unconnect, not connect Mike Mangini to a job.  Secondly, Mike recorded 3 albums for singer James LaBrie. But, LaBrie brought in his current solo band drummer Peter Wildoer to the audition mix. Furthermore, Mike had no history with John, John or Jordan.

Many factors accounted for this successful audition. One simple factor is that Mike’s learning systems actually work if you apply yourself like he did.

Please read about them on: http://rhythmknowledge.com/

You can study the systems via: https://vimeo.com/mikemangini

Mike Mangini ®