Mike Avenaim, hails from Sydney, Australia where he began playing music at a very young age. Growing up he was surrounded by a wealth of musicianship and left-wing instrumentation, which ended up playing a key role in his development as a drummer.
Mike began his education with his uncle, Robbie Avenaim (John Zorn, Mike Patton, Oren Ambarchi), who is an acclaimed drummer and sound artist. Alongside a variety of free jazz/experimental musicians from around the world, at age 8, he performed at the famous experimental music festival What Is Music?.
At age 11 he studied with Claire Edwardes, an internationally renowned Australian classical percussionist. During this time he participated and ranked in several national classical percussion competitions. After attending one of Sydney's most prestigious performing arts schools, Mike was granted a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Music. He graduated with high distinctions having majored in Contemporary Performance and Jazz.
2009 saw Mike’s signing with the band Porcelain (Universal/Motown) and in 2010 he won the Billy Hyde Drummers Playoff in Sydney, Australia. Shortly after, Mike moved to Los Angeles, California where he now resides.
Since the age of 15 Mike has been playing professionally as a multi-instrumentalist.
Artists he has worked with include; Emblem3 (SyCo Records), Troy Harley (Dream Merchant 21), Colby O' Donis (Grammy Award Winner), Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc), Reece Mastin (X-Factor Winner - Sony Music Australia), Danielle Blakey (2011 NA2R Winner), Casey Donovan (Australian Idol winner), Amy Pearson (Sony/BMG), Renee Cassar (Island/Universal), Jordan Millar (MGM), Amali Ward (MusicOz Winner), and ASA Songwriter of the year Simon Shapiro amongst others.
While traveling between Sydney and Los Angeles, Mike has worked on sessions with producers such as: Charlie Waymire (Ultimate Rhythm Studios), Lindsay Rimes (Benji Madden, The McClymonts, Shannon Noll), Rudy Haeusermann (Snoop Dogg, Matchbox 20, Tina Turner, Rob Zombie), Paul David Hager (All-American Rejects, Lifehouse), and John Fields (Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Switchfoot).
In addition to session work, Mike recently composed, recorded and produced songs for the feature films Yesterday Was a Lie and Center Stage 2 -Turn It Up, as well as a theme for Fox Sports and 2 web and U.S. national radio campaigns for Outback Steakhouse.
Mike is currently touring with Emblem3.