Drummer Mirkko De Maio completed two MI Select sessions in 2009, and returned to his native Italy to launch an active career. In addition to working as a versatile session player in different genres, Mirkko is also a member of rock & progressive metal bands including Hangarvain, Mind Key, Exorcism and the Vivaldi Metal Project, which features top artists including legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman. He also teaches clinics & private lessons while interviewing for top Italian magazine Drum Club.

Hangarvain recently released a new album, Freaks, and kicked off a European tour in 2016. Mirkko is also an official endorser of Sonor drums, Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo drumheads & Paiste cymbals. Mirrko said that

“MI’s Drum Program has amazing instructors who give you what really you need to become a pro and not just another drummer….I’ve learned a lot in music business, strategies, and how to make myself a better professional musician. All that continues to help me today, every day, and I greatly thank them!”

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