Mike Miley

196 – The Rival Sons’ Mike Miley

Mike Miley, a journeyman drummer who grew up in California, lives in Estonia and quit playing drums for years has made a triumphant return to the kit as the driving force behind Rival Sons. Currently on tour (with Rival Sons) supporting Black Sabbath, Mike gives us a peak inside life on the road, staying healthy, remaining the eternal student. We also dive into why checking your ego at the door is the best thing you can do for your development – both musically and personally.

“If one dream dies, dream another dream. If you get knocked down, get back up and go again.” – Joel Osteen (Tweet this)

Mike Miley talks about:

  • How he got started playing drums
  • Learning from  greats like Shawn Pelton & Roy Burns
  • Why he quit playing drums
  • The reason he started playing again
  • The formation of Rival Sons
  • Living in Estonia
  • Balancing life on the road with life at home
  • His commitment to the craft
  • His love for fitness
  • Much more

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Mike Miley Plays:

  • Gretsch Drums
  • DW Hardware
  • Aquarian Drumheads
  • Cympad
  • Paiste Cymbals
  • Wincent Drumsticks

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