• Myspace

Mike Bordin

Mike Bordin


I’m a good Yamaha boy,” grins Bordin. “I’ve always played them. All Yamaha drums are totally hand-made. Most other companies start with pre-made shells and Taiwanese hardware, but Yamaha makes the shells and hardware themselves. It’s quality stuff.

Mike Bordin began playing Yamaha Drums as a teenager and turned down almost every other company’s endorsement offers. He believed that Yamaha Drums were superior as a teenager and still does to this day.


Mike Bordin played in Faith No More for 16 years, and sold numerous records. He has toured internationally and depended heavily on the drums and hardware to develope a personal sound.

Some other artists Mike has performed or recorded with are Ozzy Osborne, Jerry Cantrell and Korn.


It should come as no surprise that Bordin, who has pounded skins for ironic metallists Faith No More, classic metallist Ozzy Osbourne, and millennial metallists Korn, draws from many sources. “The drummers I worship as gods among men are guys like Art Blakey, Tony Williams, John Bonham. But I don’t try to be some of the drummers I look up to. I just take them with me wherever I go.”

With Faith No More, Bordin pioneered an innovative style that emphasized full-kit, tom-driven grooves over tight kick-and-snare patterns;an approach, he says, that was a direct outgrowth of his studies with West African master drummer C.K. Lapzekpo. Many other heavy drummers gravitated toward a similar style during the ‘90s. Does Bordin ever feel they jumped on his bandwagon? “It’s not my bandwagon,” he shrugs. “I jump on somebody else’s bandwagon, and somebody else jumps on mine. It’s a continuum.”

Bordin, says he didn’t consciously modify his style when he started performing with Ozzy in the wake of Faith No More’s 1996 dissolution, but that some mental adjustments were required: “Faith No More had heavy songs, but we weren’t comfortable being a straight metal band. But playing ‘Goodbye to Romance’ and ‘Crazy Train’ with Ozzy had none of that irony. It’s just straight-up, white-boy metal. My challenges were to play it faithfully and make it interesting. You’ve got to be open to doing whatever you have to do to make the music work, rather than saying, ‘I’m going to do it my way or else."

Does Korn, with whom Bordin has toured for the last year, triangulate between those two attitudes? “To some extent, yes,” he says. “When I joined Korn, I definitely perceived common starting points, so I felt pretty comfortable. But Korn takes everything to greater extremes. It’s like the difference between a Model A Ford and a Porsche Turbo Carrera. It was an exciting time to play with those guys, because they were a little vibed about playing in front of 70,000 people each gig opening for Metallica. But they stepped up to the plate, and they were amazing.”

Asked about his influences, drummer Mike Bordin mimics Marlon Brando in The Wild Ones: “Influences? Whaddaya got?”

One unvarying aspect of Bordin’s style is his unconventional setup. “I’m left-handed,” he says, “but I use my right foot and play with the hi-hat on the left like a right-handed person would. But my ride and China cymbals are also on the left, while the toms are arranged right-handed.

Live, Bordin usually uses a large Oak Custom kit, but he strips things down in the studio. “I usually use just one 24” kick, one 14” rack tom, and a 16” as a second rack or floor tom,” he says. “Yamaha has also been making me other drums I sometimes use, like a 22” kick and 12” and 13” toms.

Artist Information

Mike Bordin

Faith No More | Ozzy Osbourne


Instrument

LIVE CUSTOM

LIVE CUSTOM

Live Custom series is designed with a greater focus on playing in live situations using 1.2mm oak plies that are 10% thicker than those used on our Oak Custom drums. Bass drum shells are comprised of eight-ply designs while tom, floor tom, and snare shells are constructed with six. The Live Custom delivers a sound with greater strength and depth, provides rich expressive power that exceeds your imagination, and features hardware designed with some new, innovative ideas that delivers incredible stability and reliability even in the demanding environment of the stage. Oak's sound is clear and well defined with a powerful low-end that shakes your soul. On stage, and in the studio as well, Live Custom delivers a fat, rich tone with awe-inspiring presence.

Absolute Hybrid Maple

Absolute Hybrid Maple

The answer to the question is drums that give you the sound you need, whenever you need it.
Tonal requirements vary among drummers, differ with dynamics, and change, from band to band, song to song, moment to moment. With the Absolute Hybrid Series drums, Yamaha has succeeded in addressing this, with a drum set that possesses an extraordinary degree of expressive power, allowing drummers to pursue a level of expression that perhaps they've not experience before in their other drums. These drums offer a wide dynamic range that allows them to respond accurately to each and every stroke, and follow changes in dynamics, nuance, and touch, letting you play what you want to play.

HXR2LII

HXR2LII
[Hexrack II]

The basic HEXRACKII set consists of two legs and is fully compatible with Yamaha System Hardware.
Compared to a typical hardware setup, the HEXRACKII uses less space and reduces floor clutter produced by stand legs, etc., around the kit. The system’s pipes and racks are made from aluminum, which makes the system lighter, transport and setup easier. And with a wide variety of optional clamps available, the rack system offers great expandability.

HXREXII

HXREXII
[Hexrack II]

The HXREXII creates a three-leg rack when combined with the HXR2LII.

Return to Top