If you could get advice from a pro drummer who plays arenas and goes on world tours, you’d take it, right?
Mike Sleath is the touring drummer for international artist Shawn Mendes, and he’s here at Drumeo to share some of the wisdom he’s learned on the road as a busy live musician.
Being a pro drummer doesn’t just mean being great at your instrument:
In this video, Mike plays through a few Shawn Mendes songs, shows you some features of his hybrid setup, and shares some awesome stories alongside his useful tips (like the time he had to fake it ’til he made it and learned how to use a Roland SPD-SX overnight).
0:00 – SONG: “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes
4:10 – Introduction
6:00 – Understanding the room you’re in
9:47 – Being adaptable
16:06 – Recreating studio drums live
20:09 – Understanding the artist
21:44 – Playing for the person at the back of the room
25:35 – SONG: “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes
Mike Sleath is a Canadian musician who’s best known for his work as the touring drummer for Shawn Mendes. His resume also includes tours and performances with artists like Camilla Cabello, John Mayer, Khalid, Zedd, Conor Maynard, Miley Cyrus, Francesco Yates, and Cody Simpson. Mike has appeared on pretty much any major TV or award show you can think of, including The Grammys, SNL, the VMAs, The Tonight Show, Ellen, the Billboard Awards and much more.
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