Mike Johnston

154 – Mike Johnston: A Born Educator

In this podcast I talk to world-renowned drummer and educator Mike Johnston. Mike, known for his MikesLessons.com online lessons site is an innovator in teaching. Starting as a touring drummer, Mike realized that he’s more passionate about teaching than playing live and decided to make teaching his “plan A”. Mike and I dig deep into the “business” side of the music business, how you can earn a living in music and much more.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela (Tweet this)

Mike Johnston talks about:

  • The beginning of his career
  • The birth of his YouTube channel
  • His dedication to authenticity
  • How he runs his business
  • The importance of hard work and hustle
  • What a typical day looks like for him
  • His true passion – education
  • Much much more

Resources and Links mentioned:

Mike Johnston Plays:

  • Aquarian Drumheads
  • Gretsch Drums
  • Vater Drumsticks (Signature Model)
  • Meinl Cymbals

Podcast Sponsors:

DW Drums: I’ve been playing DW for years…not only because they make high-quality, handcrafted drums but because they support and foster drumming initiatives all over the wold, much like this podcast. I’m thrilled to announce that DW has signed on to support Drummer’s Reosource for 2016! Be sure to check them out today and DWDrums.com.

Dream Cymbals: Dream Cymbals are a different kind of cymbal company because they keep it simple. Their approach is simple: Make high-quality, handcrafted cymbals and gongs and sell them for a reasonable price. Check out their new “ignition packs” that are made for the professional and priced for the beginner. These packs will inspire you to start your engine!! Check them out at DreamCymbals.com

80/20 Drummer: “Ever notice how some drummers can practice for years and never get any better, and others seem to get better overnight? What’s their secret?Well, Nate over at the 8020drummer.com has made a science out of figuring out the key things people like Mark Guiliana and Calvin Rodgers, do differently from the rest of us.
The best part…right now, if you go to the8020drummer.com/drummersresource, Nate will send you three video mini-lessons he’s put together especially for my listeners. Want to practice smarter? Here’s how.”