Mike Curran: Chicago’s Perpetual Motion Machine
Equipment: OCDP drums, Yamaha hardware, Zildjian cymbals, Remo heads, LP percussion, SP sticks, Tama Iron Cobra pedal, and Roland SPD-S and Handsonic pads.
Contact: youtube.com/user/mhcdrum; twitter.com/MikeCurrn
Mike Curran, a self-styled “multi-percussive instrumentalist,” is such a committed and energetic drummer it’s hard to know where to begin. Collaborating with rappers, rocking out with more than a half-dozen bands, and shedding in a wide range of different contexts on his YouTube channel, Curran has probably never played the same beat twice. Based on a recent Guitar Center solo, it’s clear this Windy City native thinks of the drums as a melodic, compositional instrument. Growing up listening to the jazz CDs of his cool uncle, Curran got his first kit at 13 after saving up the money he earned at a pizza joint. He currently attends Du Page College in West Chicago, and for the last four years has taught drums on the side and gigged two to three times a week. “Music is good for the soul,” he says. “And it is a rewarding feeling for me to share my music with as many people as possible.” Mike, we couldn’t have said it better.