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Michael Benöhr


Session Drummer


Michael is a London based German-Chilean drummer and musician with more than 15 years of performing and recording experience. His work as a drummer and tutor have taken him to many places around the globe including Chile, Germany, USA, UK and Netherlands.

Michael's great musicality, tasteful drumming style, huge energy, technical versatility and positive attitude have made him the drummer of choice for many UK artists. Apart from being an active live and studio drummer, Michael works as a drum tutor at The Rhythm Studio and at All Talents Music School. He is also the founder and director of East London Drum School.

Michael's passion for drumming started at an early age. As he hit pillows and pans, he saved money for three years to buy his first drum kit, aged 13. Shortly after acquiring his instrument, Michael joined different bands in his hometown of Concepción, Chile.

In 2001 Michael moved to Germany to study Music Education and Music Performance, with drums as his first instrument and piano as his second, at the University of Arts Bremen, Germany. He also took part in an exchange program at the California State University of Long Beach, USA. During and after his studies, Michael have had the privilege of being taught by world renowned drummers Portinho, Billy Hart and Craig Blundell.

While living in Germany, Michael played in several projects of different music styles (Jazz, Latin, Funk, Rock). In 2007 he toured Germany with Electro-Hip-hop act James Lars & the Sexual Chocolate.

Michael moved to the UK in 2008, after joining Indie-Rock band The Splendour, playing over 25 gigs while touring the UK. Since then Michael has performed at international festivals and high profile venues, such as Lovebox Festival, London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, The O2 in Greenwhich and London's Jazz Café. He has also performed on TV and Radio stations in the UK and Netherlands (MTV Live Sessions, Kerrang! Radio, Omroep Hulst) and recorded among others with Jasper Irnt (Lilly Allen, Pink) and Sam John (Chemical Brothers, Aphex Twin, Pendulum).

Michael has drummed among others for Aggro Santos (Number 5 in the UK Charts, May 2010), Jeye T (part of Gary Powell's label The 25 Hour Convenience Store) and Tinashé (his debut album "Save" was released by Universal Island). Besides his work as a session musician, Michael is currently the drummer of Safe Barracks (Cinematic Pop).

Michael's passion for electronic beats can be seen on his various drum videos on youtube, which have more than 65.000 views.