Who is this guy?Mike Meadows is an award winning drummer, percussionist, and background vocalist based in Austin,TX. Originally from Atlanta,GA, Mike has been playing music since age three. From Classical & Jazz to Pop & World Music he's seen it all (and played some of it too). His greatest passion is performing, creating, and recording a variety of musical styles all around the world. He is also co-inventor of The Black Swan Drum and co-founder of Swan Percussion. Mike's other passions include hypnosis, palm reading, and mind reading. If you'd like to hire Mike for your next recording project or tour, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Worked with?Some artists Mike has performed and/or recorded with include: Ben Kweller, Hayes Carll, Sam Baker, John Fullbright, Mary Gauthier, Sahara Smith, Ray Bonneville, porterdavis, The BoDeans, Roger Sellers, Yanka Rupkina, Kevin Welch, Dustin Welch, Ruthie Foster, Gurf Morlix, Ellis Paul, Goodnight Moonshine/Molly Venter, Will Sexton, Jesse Dayton, Danny Schmidt, Rebecca Loebe, Grace Pettis, Pierce Pettis, Sarah Bowman, The Bowmans, Nels Andrews, John Pointer, Kina Grannis, Amy Speace, Jon Vezner, Zoe Lewis, Charlie Faye, Kevin Carroll, Drummassage, Bukka Allen, Colin Gilmore, HuDost, Suzie Vinnick, Amilia K Spicer, The Hudsons, Randy Weeks, Ramsay Midwood, Kara Grainger, Lalo, Rachel Loy, Urban Grind,The Princely Players, Brian Webb, Nathan Hamilton, Kim Patty, Joe Lee King, The Nasty Clan, Will T. Massey, Sally Allen, Najeeb Sabour, Joni Bishop, Jason Weems, Mikele Kreitner, Aaron Navarro, Kristin Cifelli, Rana, geminarius, .WAV, Idgy Vaughn, honeydoglovewagon, MZ. Fishe and The New Groove, AvA, Mark Noseworthy, Far From Blue, Nine Times Blue, Philip Boone, Kirk Waldrop, The Atlanta Boy Choir, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and many others.
Of Special NoteMike has traveled to Ghana, West Africa twice now, to study the music of the Ewe, Dagara, and Ga people with the Agbeli family and Bernard Woma. He plans on continuing his studies there and looks forward to future visits! He also traveled to Zimbabwe early in 2012 and was fortunate enough to study Mbira with one of the masters, Newton Gwara (aka 'Matemai'). He looks forward to more studies with him as well!
As a member of the Atlanta Boy Choir starting at age 5 (his first audition) he began touring in Europe every summer with them at the age of 9. As well as singing in the choir, he was also the 'little drummer boy' for many years. He received an amazing education on music, performance, and life from the director Fletcher Wolfe, and through his experiences as a member of the ABC. The first recording he was a part of (Benjamin Britten's War Requiem) was with the ABC and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and it won 2 Grammys!
In 2009 he had the good fortune of receiving the Austin Music Award for Best Drummer/Percussionist. Quite an honor in a city that's known for it's great musicians and rich musical history!
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