Michael Cisterna

True North

Michael Cisterna


Paiste Artist Since
June 2022

United States

Main Affiliations
True North


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„Ever since I began playing drums, the name Paiste has been synonymous with quality to me. Many of my biggest musical influences were and are Paiste artists – drummers like John Bonham, Danny Carey, Joey Jordison and many others. I am honoured to be part of such an outstanding roster and work with an incredibly iconic company like Paiste.“


Michael Cisterna is a sought-after session drummer and multi-instrumentalist based in both Los Angeles and Toronto with over a decade and half of professional experience in the music industry. After spending his formative years working as a hired drummer in Toronto’s corporate music scene, Michael moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to study at the renowned Musicians Institute of Hollywood, where he would go on to receive his Associate of Arts and graduate with an Outstanding Player’s Award in Drum Performance. Since graduating from Musicians Institute, Michael has gone on to develop his own original music with his band True North, as well as performing and collaborating with such artists as Rynx, Animals As Leaders, Scro, Kingdom of Giants, Selfish Things, Dominique Ruiz, Sorry Ghost and many more. His expertise as a talented rock and pop drummer has led to steadily increasing work as a session and touring musician throughout North America. Through this, Michael has developed a fast-growing reputation as an extremely reliable, versatile and hard-working drummer.