My name is Michael Anetsberger, I am a drummer and composer. I hold a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Drumming from CalArts (California Institute of the Arts). Prior to CalArts, I studied at The Collective School of Music (Drummers Collective) in New York for two years. Currently, I am based in Los Angeles and I am available for playing live, in the studio, and teaching lessons.
Here’s my Bio.
Either in a few lines, if you don’t have time, or more detailed a little further down.
2000: Started drumming in hometown of Munich, Germany
First few years: Cover and Original Bands (Rock, Pop, Funk, Metal)
2008: Two-Week-Course at Drummers Collective, New York
2008-2012: Played in local music scene while earning Bachelor of Science Degree, Environmental Engineering, University of Technology Munich
2012-2014: Diploma from Drummers Collective, New York
2012-Present: Professional musician (playing, recording, teaching)
2015-2017: Master’s Degree at California Institute of the Arts
Present: Professional Musician based in LA (playing, recording, teaching)
Originally from Munich, Germany, I started drumming in the year 2000. During my teenage years, I played in several original and cover bands, covering styles such as rock, pop, funk, and metal. In 2008, I spent two weeks in New York at the Drummers Collective. However, aside from music, I also have always had a big interest in science and the environment. Therefore, while staying an active member of the Munich music scene, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Technology Munich.
After graduating in 2012, I went back to New York and the Drummers Collective to pursue music. For the next two and a half years, I expanded my playing abilities in many styles. First and foremost, Jazz and any kind of improvised music, including Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean and other modern styles of drumming. While being an active member of the local music scene (for example, my playing can be heard on Carolann Brevard’s album “Greatness”), I had the opportunity to learn from masters such as Peter Retzlaff, Jason Gianni, Marko Djordjevic, Ian Froman, Vince Cherico, Nate Radley, Sean Conly, and Frank Gravis.
Shortly upon graduating in 2014, I commenced my studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. There, I got to study with such greats as Joe La Barbera and Alphonso Johnson, as well as Darek Oles, David Roitstein, Larry Koonse, Joey de León, Randy Gloss, and Vinnie Golia. Since my graduation from CalArts with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2017, I have been an active member of the LA music scene with a passion for both playing and teaching, as well as composing my own original material.
My capabilities on the drum set and on percussion instruments are not limited to certain styles, but span a big variety of genres, including: Funk, Jazz, Rock, Metal, Pop, R’n’B, Soul, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, other Caribbean and Latin styles, etc. I have performed and recorded with bands in venues across Europe and the U.S. I also have extended experience in teaching. Both in my playing and teaching, I emphasize the importance of being versatile and studying different styles and techniques.