Michael Wolpers

Running Wild

Michael Wolpers

About

Paiste Artist Since
February 2002

Nationality
Germany

Main Affiliation
Running Wild

Other Affiliation
Victory

Website
www.michaelwolpers.de

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„Everytime I hear the Paiste Sounds, they inspire me to try new things and make me wanna play all day long. The Cymbals are very musical, consistent, and you can mix the different lines without any problems. And you can always identify the PERFECT PAISTE SOUND. “

Setup

Michael Wolpers

Cymbals listed from left to right

18" Signature Fast Crash
18" Signature Mellow Crash
13" Signature Sound Edge Hi-Hat Top (discontinued)
13" Signature Dark Energy Hats Mark I Bottom (discontinued)
10" PST X Swiss Hats Bottom (regular)
10" Alpha Metal Splash (discontinued)
8" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Splash
10" PST X Swiss Splash
20" Signature Dry Heavy Ride (discontinued)
14" 2002 Wild Hats Top (discontinued)
14" Formula 602 Classic Sound Edge Hi-Hat Bottom (regular)
18" Signature Mellow Crash
12"/10" PST X Splash Stack
22" Masters Swish
18" PST X Swiss Thin Crash

Michael Wolpers

Cymbals listed from left to right

17" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Crash
18" Signature Dark Energy Crash Mark I
15" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Hi-Hat
10" PST X Swiss Hats Bottom (regular)
10" Alpha Metal Splash (discontinued)
8" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Splash
10" PST X Swiss Splash
22" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Ride
14" 2002 Wild Hats Top (discontinued)
14" Formula 602 Classic Sound Edge Hi-Hat Bottom (regular)
18" Signature Dark Energy Crash Mark I
12"/10" PST X Splash Stack
16" 2002 China
18" PST X Swiss Thin Crash

Michael Wolpers

Cymbals listed from left to right

18" Signature Fast Crash
16" 2002 China
18" Signature Mellow Crash
14" Signature Sound Edge Hi-Hat Top (regular)
14" Formula 602 Classic Sound Edge Hi-Hat Bottom (regular)
12"/10" PST X Splash Stack
8" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Splash
10" PST X Swiss Splash
18" Signature Mellow Crash
16" 2002 China
20" Signature Dry Heavy Ride (discontinued)
14" Signature Reflector Heavy Full Hi-Hat Top (regular)
14" Formula 602 Classic Sound Edge Hi-Hat Bottom (regular)
18" Signature Fast Crash
13" Signature Sound Edge Hi-Hat Top (discontinued)
13" Signature Dark Energy Hats Mark I Bottom (discontinued)
18" PST X Swiss Thin Crash

Videos & Pics

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Biography

Michael started taking the Drums seriously at the age of 20. After a few years of developing, he did all kind of studio jobs, live performances with a lot of prestigious bands, hosted clinics and established a drum school. In the years 2001-2003 Michael had appearances at the Frankfurt Musikmesse for Sonor, on the Paiste Booth in 2006, and did Clinics in the years 2003-2004 for both companies. Michael hit the international scene with SOUL DOCTOR 2006 in Spain, Italy, France, Sweden and England, with appearances at some of the biggest Festivals, like Sweden Rock in 2007, United Forces of Rock in 2007, Firefest in 2007" and Bang your Head in 2006. Since then, he played at the 70.000 tons of Metal Cruise with VICTORY. With RUNNING WILD, he was Headliner at the most reputable international Festivals such as Wacken Open Air (2015 and 2018), the Czech Masters Of Rock and Metal Fest, Sweden Rock in 2017, St. Petersburg and Moscow. In 2022, RUNNING WILD headlined at Metal Fest / Czech Republic, Rockharz Festival / Germany, Midalidare Festival / Bulgaria, and the mighty Hellfest / France. Besides all the bands, studio- and live jobs, Michael established his own drum school. Last, but not least, he did the recordings and performed live with bands like Donots, MyBalloon, Beatsteaks, Moon'Doc, and musicians from Heaven's Gate, Zeno, Fair Warning, etc. In recent years he also did a lot of Studio work for movie-, production-, and archive music. Discography (selection) • Summerfield 6 Friends, feat. Gus G., Marco Sfogli, Greg Howe, Li-sa-X, Johnny Hiland, Christophe Godin, Brett Garsd, Igor Paspalj • Running Wild: "Blood on Blood" • Victory: "Two years and a few beers later" • Roterfeld: "Blood Diamond Romance" • Roterfeld: "Brand new life" • Treibhaus: "Alphatier" • Dodoleo: "Se solo ci sei tu" • Treibhaus: "Live in Hannover" • Kensington Road: "A Story from Somewhere in between" • Dan Crow: "Eternal Life" • Treibhaus: "Alarmstufe Rot" • Soul Doctor: "That's live" • Glow: "Every single day" • Guano Apes: "Proud like a god" and their second release "Don't give me names" • Such a Surge: "Der Surge Effekt", "Nie mehr Lovesongs - Remix" • Jailbait: "Once upon a time" • Sonnit: "Heaven is closer" • Missing Link: "Ahead" • Piranha Smile: "Megabytes, Bits & Pieces" • Summerfield: "Just got a new guitar" • Summerfield: "Just got another new guitar" • It takes president: "Hey Lord" • Superfly 69: "Sing it with a smile" • Rockmusical: "Eisenhans" • LAW: "Life after weekend" • Carlini: "Tides of time" • Nikki Puppet: "Puppet on a string" • Native Instruments: "Battery 2" • Treibhaus: "Feindbild", "Alphatier" • Soul Doctor: "Blood runs cold" • King Curry : "Back to Mountain Mama" - Tour Live DVD Furthermore, the following releases: "Tom Cörry Vol. 3" with "Carlini" and "Best of BS" with Piranha Smile, a.m.m.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Fast, responsive feel, fairly quick decay. An explosive Crash cymbal with a strong, low wash for unique effects in many styles of music.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Rich, warm, lush, deep. Wide range, complex mix. Giving and responsive feel. Broad, warm open sound. Compact, lush chick sound. Extremely versatile hi-hat, perfectly suited for dynamic, articulated playing in a wide range of styles. “They are just chunky enough, but not overpowering. They are a little more chocolaty than the classic 602s”, describes Vinnie Colaiuta.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark body, full frequency spectrum, brilliant highs. Very wide range, complex, pleasing musical mix. Immediate, sensitive response, strong attack, controllable spread, even, layered fade. This crash combines silky, soft qualities with energy and projection for an incredibly versatile application range. Also extremely well suited as suspended cymbals and for mallet rolls.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 10", 8"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, airy, snarling, silvery. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a very responsive, explosive splash sound. Low tuned effect cymbal for lively accents in moderate volume. Well suited for hand-playing. Vinnie Colaiuta explains: “They are sweet, they are these kind of punctuation marks in the background.”

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 10"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, airy, breathy. Medium range, complex mix. Very explosive response with quick decay. Soft feel. A fast, light accent effect cymbal for many musical styles.

  • Sounds