Michael A Gonzales
The Kill Tony Band, The Peterson Brothers, Gina Chavez
Michael attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated from the Butler School of Music with a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz.
After graduating, began playing around Austin w/ artists such as Gina Chavez, The Peterson Brothers, Emily Wolfe, Gary Clark Jr. Charley Crockett, and most recently became the house drummer for the #1 Live Podcast in the World, Kill Tony featuring Tony Hinchcliffe and Brian Redban.
Michael resides in Austin, Texas where you can find him playing gigs all around town, doing recording sessions, and teaching privately in his east Austin studio.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceThe Kill Tony NYE show that happened on 12/31/2023. I played my first arena ever (HEB Center, Austin, Tx) with my best friends, and we absolutely crushed in front of 9500 audience, and over 500,000 people watching at home.
What Drives Your Creativity?My creativity is driven by things I experience in everyday live. It could be relationships, friendships, hardships or losses, I use those feelings to propel my musicianship. I also love listening to my favorite drummers and transcribing their playing. Which then I can take their language, and create my own version of it. That's how I began it create my own voice behind the kit.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I choose Vic because it's just a comfortable and natural connection and extension of my body. I've tried EVERY company out there, VF is second to none and I always found my way back home.