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Mike Coulter

    Mike was born in Torrance, CA and grew up in Redondo Beach, CA. Music began for him at eight years old when he received an AM transistor radio for Christmas. This helped expose him to several different styles of music which helped him to develop his versatility. His interest in music grew when his family got a Thomas organ with all the stops and sequenced drum beats. After growing tired of the songbooks Mike started  “playing by ear”  and his my transcribing skills were born. As he started to notice bands like Kiss and the Who with their large drum kits I started to become more interested in drums specifically. While seeing these kits interested Mike it was when he heard John Bonham playing on led Zeppelin’s Carouselambra that he decided to specialize in drumming.  He got his first first drum kit in 1981 and took drum lessons from a friends and teachers. Mike practiced with records and tapes which furthered his versatility. Then he met Joe Hellerman at his church, a piano player who him develop his improvisational skills. He was then introduced to FM radio and learned of bands like Rush, yes, genesis, Kansas , and King Crimson just to name a few.  Mike enjoys the music from his earlier years, and decided to follow these bands in this direction. By the time he had been in several bands but in between projects when he learned about the band Animation and decided to go in that direction. He wanted to take his music into a blend of these styles and many others.  He decided to join Animation and id doing his part to keep it going.

 

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