After playing countless live shows, performing with a number of artists and performers, and joining Quebec’s legendary rock band Offenbach as their drummer and singer, it's safe to say that Michel "Mike" Landry is no longer Quebec's hottest up and coming drummer, but rather a well established and respected musician in Eastern Canada's musical community!
Born on February 20th, 1985, in Connors, New Brunswick (a small town located 45 mins west of Edmundston), Mike was raised in a musical family on his father's side and excelled in music at a very young age. At the tender age of 3, he had already picked up the sticks and at age 4 he won his first local talent show. By the age of 7, he was in demand for all the local talent shows, festivals, benefit concerts, etc. He also got the knack for the guitar, piano, bass, most percussions, as well as finding his singing voice.
Throughout high school, Mike became a well sought after drummer. Whether it was in the high school musical variety shows, or as a member of the band Random, Mike became very popular in the local musical scene and with local press. Random was together for 3 and a half years, released an album which sold numerous copies and got some radio airplay, won 4 Battle of the Bands (including one provincial, beating out 19 other bands) and wrote enough material to release 3 more full length albums. In September 2003, with the desire to hone his craft, Mike moved to Montreal to pursue his studies in Sound Engineering. It was at that point that his career as a drummer would soar to new heights.
After a few weeks in Montreal, he met Offenbach guitarist John McGale. They immediately felt a good chemistry together and became good friends. As a result, John decided to hire Mike as his full time drummer and formed a blues power trio named the John McGale Blues Force with bassist Robby Bolduc. They have released a live album, capturing their chemistry and energy on stage. As of November 2011, John also hired Mike as the drummer and singer for Offenbach, one of Québec’s most successful, influential et respected rock bands of all time, playing a large number of shows around the provinces of Québec, Ontario and New Brunswick as well as the French territory of St-Pierre & Miquelon.
In 2014, Mike was on his first European tour with The Cliff Stevens Band, a blues power trio. The trio acted as the support act for Wishbone Ash. A total of 33 shows in 36 days were played in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.
Most recently, Mike started a new power trio cover band called The Vinyls. Along with Mike, the band features two well decorated and experienced musicians: François-Olivier Doyon, bassist for the Queen Extravaganza (hand picked by Roger Taylor himself) and Olivier Goulet, guitarist for Garou. Together, they take great pride in playing music that everyone knows, but no one dares to venture out into. Their repertoire includes a large number of 3 part harmony oriented material, pop, rock, Top 40 and everything in between. They currently play every type of event from small bars and clubs, to arenas and festivals. (Visit the Link page for more details)
When he's not out on tour, Mike can also be seen playing with a number of different blues, rock and pop projects. In the past, he has toured or shared the stage with such artists as Martin Levac (world’s best Phil Collins impersonator), Kenny Dupree, Carl Tremblay, The Respectables, Steve Hill, Yves Frulla, Eric Lapointe, Zachary Richard, Jonas, Martin Deschamps, Breen LeBoeuf and many more.
Mike is a completely self-taught, versatile musician with perfect pitch and a fine singing voice capable of singing lead or back up vocals. He plays primarily drums, but also plays guitar, bass, keyboards, percussions, mandolin, ukulele as well as having some basic knowledge of the flute, banjo and harmonica.
In addition, he also has basic music and drum notation reading skills.
Although an avid sports fan, especially of the NHL, he never played sports as a youngster for fear of an injury that could prevent him from playing music.
He was named most talented and most likely to become a rock star by his high school senior class.
Mike loves to cook and his favorite foods include: Steak, Italian, Asian, anything on the BBQ and his grand mother’s home made donuts.
Here is a list of the gear that I own and use:
Drums: Pearl Drums
Reference - Purple Craze 2 Finish
Kick: 22 x 18
Tom 1: 10 x 8
Tom 2: 12 x 9
Tom 3: 14 x 12
Floor: 16 x 16
Masters MCA 2009 - Ruby to Black Burst Finish
Kick: 22 x 20
Tom 1: 10 x 8
Tom 2: 12 x 9
Tom 3: 13 x 10
Floor: 16 x 14
Pearl Eric Singer Sign. Snare (14 x 6.5)
Pearl Mike Mangini Sign. Snare (10 x 5.2)
Pearl Ltd. Edition Feathered Walnut Snare (14 x 6.5)
Supra Hammered Bronze Snare (14 x 5)
Buckson Handmade Custom Maple Snare (14 x 5.5)
Pearl Demon Drive Double Pedal - Set to long board
7" Radia Cup Chime
8" AA Splash
8" SR2 Thin Splash
10" AA Thin Splash
10" SR2 Thin Splash
10" B8 Pro Splash / 10" HH China Kang - (Home made Stax)
12"/14" HH Low Max Stax (Mike Portnoy Signature Model)
14" AAX Studio Hats
16" AA Thin Crash
17" HH Thin Crash
17" AAX Xtreme Chinese
18" AA Thin Crash
18" AAX O-Zone Crash
19" AAX Studio Crash
21" HH Raw Bell Dry Ride
21" HHX Groove Ride
Emperor Coated Tops
Ambassador Clear Bottoms
Vintage Ambassador Tops
Ambassador Hazy Snare Side
Powerstroke 3 Clear Batter
Ambassador Reso (Ebony, Coated or Smooth White)
Pearl 3 sided ICON rack system
Pearl B-1000 and C-1000 Cymbals stands
Pearl S-930 Snare Stand
DW 5500 2 Leg HiHat Stand
Throne: Roc N Soc
Nitro series, Original Bicycle Seat
Sticks: Vic Firth
American Classic 5A Hickory (Wood Tip)
Shogun 5A Japanese Oak (Wood Tip)
Rute and Rute 505
Russ Miller Wire Brushes
T1 General Timpani Mallets
Monitors: InEarz Audio
Euphoria Model with "Smog" colour Faceplate, "Smoke" colour buds and "Red Light" colour on tip of right bud only
Sennheiser ew300 G2 IEM wireless system
Live vocals: e945
Kick: e901 and e902
Snare and Toms: e904
HD 280 Pro (headphones for studio)
Boss DB-90 Metronome
Soundcraft Notepad 102
M-Audio Firewire 410 Sound card
M-Audio Radium 49 Midi Controller Keyboard
JBL LSR 2300 Studio Monitors (x2)
Nuendo 4 with various additional plugins and VSTIs
Apple Macbook Pro 15" (running both O.X. 10 and Windows 7)
Taylor 214CE Acoustic Guitar
Lado Hawk Series Electric Guitar (PRS style copy)
Bacchus Universe Series Jazz Bass
If you have any specific questions about my gear, please don't hesitate to ask!