Skip to main content

YOUR QUESTIONS: For Mike Portnoy

The stick is mightier than the sword
The stick is mightier than the sword

Dream Theater´s Mike Portnoy is a drummer´s drummer - well respected by his peers and for good reason. Portnoy drums hard, writes lyrics and has co-produced his band´s last five albums alongside guitarist John Petrucci.

And if you´ve ever stumbled on a tribute act that actually rocks, chances are Portnoy was at the helm - Yellow Matter Custard (The Beatles), Hammer Of The Gods (Led Zeppelin), Cygnus And His Sea Monsters (Rush) and Amazing Journey (The Who), are some of his finest and all worth looking into.

Mike Portnoy is never too shy to share his drumming secrets either - check out our video tutorial of Mike warming up alongside Trivium´s Travis Smith.

Questions

We´re interviewing Mike next week and, as always, we´re giving you the chance to ask the questions. Simply add one to the comments below (you´ll need to be registered and logged in to do this), we´ll pick the best and ask them during the interview.

Big thanks for the great response for John 5 questions, we´ll be wrapping that one up this week.

MusicRadar is the number 1 website for music makers of all kinds, be they guitarists, drummers, keyboard players, djs or producers...

  • GEAR: We help musicians find the best gear with top-ranking gear round-ups and high- quality, authoritative reviews by a wide team of highly experienced experts.
  • TIPS: We also provide tuition, from bite-sized tips to advanced work-outs and guidance from recognised musicians and stars.
  • STARS: We talk to musicians and stars about their creative processes, and the nuts and bolts of their gear and technique. We give fans an insight into the actual craft of music making that no other music website can.