Miramichi, New Brunswick’s Mike “Machine” Mallais (current World Record holder of 3 foot drumming records) began playing drums at the age of 2 on a Sears catalogue drum set called “Blue Thunder”.
By the age of 4, Mike had destroyed that drum set and began using his grandmother’s knitting pins on everything and anything he could find as replacements for his demolished drum kit. His parents, with his grandmother’s approval, finally invested in a “real” drum kit for him at the age of 5… this kit was a White Olympic Drum Kit made by Premier Drums.
At this age of 5, Mike was introduced to the Heavy Metal genre, and he immediately became focused on this style with its fast and furious drum madness. In grade one, Mike had already been studying Metal for two years and had a handle on the drum techniques of classic metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Ozzy, and Metallica. Being stuck in a small town, Mike became obsessed with these three bands, learning even the finest detail about them and their drummers. Drumming was his initial passion to the true sense of the word.
In the course of high school, Mike played with several musicians and bands but Mike’s drumming career really started to become professional once he left high school. Mike has played with over 500 bands and has performed an estimated 3000 live performances and still growing! He has also made several Radio and Television appearances on stations such as CBC, CTV, ATV, APTN, MTV, and more!
Mike Machine is adept in a multiple of genres and is an instrumentalist and world-class drummer/teacher. He was the recording and touring drummer on East Coast Music Award winners George Paul and the Red Ochre Band’s most recent album ‘Spirit Of Dreams’, which toured across Canada. Mike has recorded on several albums for artists including Craig Moritz, Black Frost, Dizzy G, and Rockabilly Rednecks and has worked with several high caliber studios. He also has his own studio!
Mike has personally taken lessons in Cuba and teaches full time. He has taught over 1000 players!
Since Mike was always involved in the Heavy Metal Genre, his endless training and hard work with speed drumming has enabled him to win many WFD records that have still not been broken.