Jay Michaelis (US)
#State Line Empire

Paiste Artist Since Nov 1997


13" Signature Heavy Hi-Hat
18" RUDE Wild Crash
19" RUDE Crash/Ride
22" Twenty Ride
20" RUDE Novo China
18" Signature Power Crash


Touted as one of "Rock's Best Kept Secrets" by Thumper Custom Drums, Jay Michaelis has a list of accomplishments and experience to impress even the harshest of drum critics. Jay has been behind the drum kit since he was a mere 6 years old and has come quite a long way to become the winner of Drum Magazine's "New Blood" Contest and voted "Best Unsung Drummer" by Bam Magazine. To date Jay has performed in over 35 states as well as Canada, and has toured with suct acts as System of a Down, Incubus, Papa Roach, and Sevendust just to name a few.

Currently Jay teaches all styles with a concentration on independence and groove study as well as a strong emphasis on notation and the use of rudiments on the drumset. Jay's students range in age, skill, and experience from children the age of 5 to a music professor at Stanford University. He has been teaching for 17 years, playing for 30, and performing professionally for 25. He offers styles such as Latin, Rock, Jazz, Metal, Punk, Afro-Cuban and Marching. He is also backed professionally being endorsed by six drum companies: Paiste, Aquarian, Pro-Mark, DW, Thumper Custom Drums, and Coffin Case.

As well as teaching private lessons, Jay has also created "Green Room Music Camp" geared toward enhancing childrens interest in music and the arts. This camp runs 6 weeks out of the summer and ends with a rock performance from the students. The camp and Jay's lessons are held in Pacifica at Green Room Music Center, 640 Crespi Drive.

*Jay has just released his new ep with State Line Empire and Mike Clink (Guns & Roses). Included on the EP is "Drive Me" featuring SLASH. You can download the EP on Itunes or Amazon. Also released in late August was the new State Line Empire single mixed by Sylvia Massey, "Makes You Brave." Also available on Itunes and Amazon.

Jay has been interviewed in a number of magazines throughout the United States including Modern Drummers website, http://www.moderndrummer.com/site/2011/04/jay-michaelis-of-state-line-empire/, the "Meet Your Maker" section of Drum Magazine, named "Best Unsung Drummer" in Bay Area Music Magazine and winner of "New Blood" Contest in Drum Magazine.

He has worked with many of the top producers in the music industry such as; Mike Clink (Guns N' Roses), Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and recorded at NRG studios, East West Studios, Village Studios and Prairie Sun.