Mike Malinin

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Mike Malinin
Birth nameMichael Theodore Malinin
Born(1967-10-10) October 10, 1967 (age 46)
OriginWashington D.C., United States
GenresRock, alternative rock, pop rock
OccupationsDrummer, producer
InstrumentsDrums
Years active1992–2013
LabelsMetal Blade, Warner, Warner Bros.
Associated actsGoo Goo Dolls, FORTY MARSHAS
Websitegoogoodolls.com
 
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Mike Malinin
Birth nameMichael Theodore Malinin
Born(1967-10-10) October 10, 1967 (age 46)
OriginWashington D.C., United States
GenresRock, alternative rock, pop rock
OccupationsDrummer, producer
InstrumentsDrums
Years active1992–2013
LabelsMetal Blade, Warner, Warner Bros.
Associated actsGoo Goo Dolls, FORTY MARSHAS
Websitegoogoodolls.com

Michael Theodore Malinin (born October 10, 1967) is an American musician who joined the Goo Goo Dolls in January 1995, after a brief jam session with founding members Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac in late 1994, who were at the time seeking to replace drummer George Tutuska. On December 27, 2013 Mike announced his departure from the band via Twitter.

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Mike Malinin was born October 10, 1967 in Washington, D.C., the youngest of four children. His family soon relocated to Miami, Florida where Malinin went to high school at Ransom Everglades in Coconut Grove. He began studying drums in the summer of 1979. His first instructor was Mike Cottom, and he then studied with Harry Hawthorne at the University of Miami until 1985, when he graduated from high school and headed to Denton, Texas, to attend the University of North Texas.[citation needed] While in Denton, Malinin played in many bands, including Angry Jasmine, Last Rites, and Caulk. He played on Caulk's first release, entitled Learn to Take.[1]

Malinin eventually dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles in July 1992 with his friend and fellow musician Robert Cooper. After playing in various short-lived bands, he joined Careless (featuring Brian Baker) around 1994. Baker eventually left the band and began playing with Bad Religion, and Malinin landed a gig with the Goo Goo Dolls in January 1995.

Malinin has a side project called FORTY MARSHAS.[2] FORTY MARSHAS's debut, self-titled album (recorded at LA's Swing House Studio) was released in June 2007 on Beatville Records. Other members of the band include Robert Cooper (Pete Droge), Korel Tunador (Katy Perry), Jason Freese (Green Day), Brad Fernquist (New Radicals, Michelle Branch, Fastball), Sarah Meech (Continue the Lie), Krista Galante, Efrem Schulz (Death by Stereo), Jason Sikora, Brian Schulmeister (Amungus), Mitch Marine (Smashmouth, Dwight Yoakam), John Avila (Oingo Boingo), and Rick Garcia (Green Car Motel, Act of Faith). There are guest appearances on the record by Phil Jaurigui, Warren Huart, Marlon Luna, Paul Denman (Sade), and Lauren Barrett.

In mid-2009, Malinin and company began writing and recording new material for a sophomore FORTY MARSHAS album. Returning members Jason Sikora, Brad Fernquist, Krista Galante Malinin, Robert Cooper, Sarah Meech, Brian Schulmeister, and Rick Garcia collaborated with Malinin to continue the band's exploration of alternative indie rock. The FORTY MARSHAS album "in other words..." was released independently in April 2010.

Malinin is also an avid ultra-marathon runner, having completed several 100-mile races, 50-milers, 50K runs, and marathons. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and children.

Malinin uses a Tama drumkit with Zildjian cymbals.

On December 27, 2013, Malinin sent a tweet to his followers, stating "Got some news today. Just wanted to say thank you to the fans who've supported me for 19 years! Best of luck & happy travels to the band." Malinin clarified via Twitter on December 28, 2013 that it was not his decision to leave the Goo Goo Dolls, but that no grudges were held and he wishes the band all the best.

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