Michael Stein


Musical Background:
When I was three years old I found a double LP of The Who in my father‘s record collection. Inside was a huge picture of The Who performing a show in 1976 with Keith Moon behind his gigantic drum set (or castle). I knew from that moment that I wanted to play the drums. As you can imagine my parents were pretty shocked. But they supported me and my dream. After changing teachers through the years and participating in several youth orchestras up to the “Youth Orchestra of The European Union” I remebered my childhood dream of being a rock drummer. In 1992 I joined a Speed Metal band called „Finest Notion“ and from that I went to „Jesus Crime“ in 1995 to perform some groovier music. In 1998 I joined „Aimless“ (gothic) and after that band split up I travelled through a journey of cover bands and substitute jobs with a lot of bands and artists such as Dornenreich in 2002, Divan, Ancient Ceremony, Cookie Jay, Final Chapter etc.

In 2008 my friend Chity Somapala asked me if I was interested in joining Civilization One and to perform in his birth country Sri Lanka. This was a time to remember. And we repeated it in 2009 with a second performance. After the split of Civilization One I was resting a year and in early 2011 Markus Teske invited me to join Red Circuit and so …… here I am.

RED CIRCUIT and GODEX, ROKKEN (Metal Karaoke Band for Rock Hard Festival, Germany), sub jobs for: PORNQUEEN http://www.pornqueenband.com)


Main influences as drummer:

That‘s a tough question. Well, I think there are Keith Moon, Simon Philips, Nicko McBrain, Buddy Rich, Mikkey Dee, Phil Rudd and Mike Portnoy as my main influences in drumming. But there are also my great teachers and of course my students and my colleagues in Luxembourg and Germany who inspired and still inspire me. Thank you all!!!

Main influences as a musician:
How long do you have time? This could last a little longer….ha ha. Well, I would say there is of course The Who, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Motörhead for Rock‘n‘Roll. Return To Forever, Emerson, ake & Palmer, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Rush, Dream Theater and Frank Zappa for progressive music. Metallica (until 1991), Slayer, Entombed, Pantera, Dark Angel, Nile, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Sacred Reich, Overkill, Opeth, Mastodon and Anthrax for metal. Buddy Rich Big Band, Duke Ellington and Count Basie for jazz and swing. There‘s also a lot of classic music that I like: Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Liszt.