Apr 20, 2020
He’s a drummer, teacher, composer, father and one of my best friends in the world. From his home in Stockolm, Sweden, we meet Mr. Andersson. We talk about life and career and adjustments to expectations on episode 10 of Mike’s Moment Of… Music: Life Negotiations with Michael Andersson.
Michael Andersson is a freelance drummer with touring and recording credits worldwide. Graduated from Berklee College of Music were he studied under Prof. Ed Kaspik and Prof. Rob Kaufman.
Born 1975 in Borås, a small town on the west coast of Sweden, Michael started taking lessons at the public school of music at the age of 8 were he studied for Julian Kursawa and Per Nordebring. Growing up in Borås were the music scene was somewhat small but still flourishing he joined several different bands as well as the academic ensembles that was offered at the public school. At the age of 16 he would record his first solo album "Mystery Island" at the Swedish Radio with producer and engineer Per Mossling. Michael and Per would join forces again and this time for the solo album "Black Spot". Both albums were experimental and bold and put forth by the Swedish Radio. At this time Michael was endorsed by Yamaha Scandinavia and Zildjian Cymbals.
1995 and at the age of 18 Michael joined the "Central Band of the Royal Swedish Army" were he studied drums and percussion with Capt. Tommy Törner. 1996 and 10 months after the military service he enrolled as a scholarship and performance major at Berklee College of Music. The years at Berklee meant musical growth and experience as a session player both live and in the studio.
Michael graduated from Berklee as a Calato Regaltip and Zildjian artist and moved to Los Angeles were he would work with Berklee Alumni Pablo Mungia (Emmy Nominee and Emmy Winner) and musical director Kevin Nadeu for Royal Caribbean and Holiday on Ice. The steady Thursday gig at the Backstage Cafe in Beverly Hills brought a lot of attention to his playing which would result in new meetings and musical adventures.
Several years of session work in Los Angeles finally brought Michael back to Europe were he toured with great players such as John Daversa, Ludwig Girdland, Luiz Luz, Santiago Roque, Michael Sean Harris, Chrissy Faith and Derek Davies. Extensive touring with this band throughout Europe with artists such as Leo Sayer, Patricia Kaas, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Cheb Mami, Fools Garden.
Today Michael resides in Stockholm were he performs with extraordinary percussion ensemble ConRytmo with Johan Svensson (drummer for Britney Spears). Michael is a session player with a broad repertoire from jazz to pop and rock and an experienced and credited studio and touring musician.
Michael endorses Gretsch Drums, Calato Regaltip sticks and Zildjian Cymbals exclusively.
On the website you will find links to Michael’s Youtube, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram pages and channel.