Generosity, A Story of Mike Johnston
We had the honor of hosting Mike Johnston for his UK Clinic tour, and potentially his only UK performance of 2019. He came, he saw, he taught us all. His event is also possibly the fastest any of our clinics have ever sold out. So for those of you who aren’t familiar, Mike Johnston is potentially the nicest man in the drumming industry, and here’s why…
Mike first got his grounding as an online educator during the YouTube boom. His videos were (and still are) insightful and packed to the brim with knowledge. As a result of his growing online personality and teacher he started his own education site, ‘MikesLessons.com’ where he teachers thousands of students from all over the world. Mikes passion as a drummer and an educator shines through no matter whatever form of media he presents himself in. It could be a short hotel-room practice video warming up on a shoe to effortlessly deep-diving into the complex rhythmic realm of polyrhythms. Which he did, and MORE with us recently.
A small audience of 50 were quick enough to snag tickets for this educational master class. It’s fair to say that clinicians usually arrive with a rough outline of how their performance will go, but Mike is different in his approach. No two clinics have been the same, he masterfully caters to everyone and spreads as much advice and guidance as possible like a good teacher should. He performed a few tracks as a chance to showcase his abilities but immediately got to work educating the masses. Mikes generosity and genuine care for all of his students is evident, but his quest to teach the world continues to grow with each passing day. So much so that he even offered up one-year FREE to his site for one lucky person. That’s the kind of person Mike is. We wish him all the best and will hopefully be seeing him again very soon in the near future!