Basic Background Info
Riverside, California native Mike Cosgrove grew up listening to the Guns N’ Roses album Appetite for Destruction, and it only made him want to do one thing: drum. Without a proper music program, Mike Cosgrove found himself skipping class in order to practice his drumming (while all the would-be noise-complainant neighbors were at work). Since then, Mike Cosgrove has gone on to learn the piano, bass, and guitar. With a taste for punk, skate-punk, and metal music, it is really no surprise that Mike gravitated towards playing those genres.
Since Mike Cosgrove first took up drumming, he has learned at the feet of many masters, including DW Drums President, Don Lombardi. Forever bettering himself, Mike focused his lessons on time signatures, accents, and tying all of them together. He counts David Garibaldi, Danny Carey, Carter Buford, and Tony Williams as his drumming influences.
In 1996, Mike Cosgrove joined the rock band Alien Ant Farm. The Southern California alt-metal foursome is comprised of raging frontman and songwriter Dryden Mitchell, bassist Tye Zamora, guitarist Terry Corso, and of course, drummer Mike Cosgrove. At the end of the 90s, Alien Ant Farm independently released their debut album, sardonically titled Greatest Hits. It wasn’t long before the band was generating some serious buzz. Mike Cosgrove and the band won the award for Best Independent Album at the 1999 L.A. Music Awards. Alien Ant Farm was quickly signed to a deal with Papa Roach's New Noize record label, which is partnered with DreamWorks.
Two years later, they made their major-label debut with ANThology. The band’s debut single, "Smooth Criminal," was a funky metal mix of Michael Jackson's classic song. It hit #1 on the modern rock charts and the album eventually went platinum.
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