Drums | Bass | Guitar | PIano | VoiceMike McLaughlin
Schedule: Mon – Thu
At ten years old, growing up in Northeast Pennsylvania, Mike finally got a small set of drums after denting too many pans and putting holes in the phone book. His father had a turntable and a bunch of old vinyl records that opened his ears to some of the greatest music of the 20th Century. He wore those records out and did my best to imitate John Bonham, Keith Moon, and Buddy Rich on the drums.
After a few years, Mike delved into guitar, bass, and piano as well. By the time he was 16 he put together a small “studio” in the attic where he could record multiple parts over each other. Mike attended Temple University in Philadelphia for Communications and eventually their Recording Industry concentration. He left Temple in 2012 to join the Marine Corps, where he learned Arabic and worked as a Cryptologic Linguist for five years. During his time of enlistment, music always continued in the background. Mike eventually formed a band along with other Marines in his unit and began to play local gigs in San Diego, near Camp Pendleton where they were stationed. That experience reinforced the desire to take up music as a full-time occupation again– just as soon as his time of service was up.
Upon his conclusion of service in 2017, Mike made the move to Nashville, where he attended Music Business courses at Belmont University and began to work steadily playing cover gigs. He began playing drums with The Voice contestant Kenny P and toured with Warner Music artist Dee White, in addition to playing for Nashville artists like Preston James and Mae Estes. He now has over 20 years of experience playing drums and over 2,500 hours of live gigs in the drum chair.
Through the Coronavirus pandemic, Mike began to focus more on recording, songwriting, and education. He had a song nominated for “song of the year” on a local radio show, produced original projects, and set up a home project studio where he can record, edit, and create either in-person or virtually all over the world. Mike is currently organizing original material to begin publishing by the end of 2022.
My philosophy is that music is an essential nutrient, beneficial to anyone who consumes it. I can use my breadth of knowledge in the field to help students to connect to their inner musical source and reap the gifts of relaxation, connection, and expression throughout their musical journey and life as a whole.
Main kit: Hello Drum (From Drum Supply in East Nashville)
10”/12”/16” shallow toms (all wood hoops)
1967 Ludwig Supraphonic
Customized 13×6” ‘Sheet Music’ Yamaha snare
60’s MIJ Gretsch copy- Wood, 14×6”
➢Zildjian Cymbals: Vintage, A’s and A Customs
➢2002 Squier P-Bass (modified)
-1977 Guild G-37
-Dean Hawaiian Resonator
-Yamaha (designed by high school art class)
-Samick Semi-Hollow ‘92 -Squier Telecaster
-Morris Les Paul Custom reproduction (1970’s)
-Rory Anderson Luthiery solid body
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