Here is Mike's biography as seen on many pages across the web.  

Mike Portnoy

Fast Facts

Full name: Michael Stephen Portnoy

 Birthday: April 20, 1967

 Height: 5' 10''

Hair color: Black

Eye color: Green



 Directors: Woody Allen, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick

Actors: Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino

Sports: Boxing

TV shows: Twin Peaks, The Simpsons, The Twilight Zone

 Food: Fast food, especially Taco Bell

Drink: Jagermeister, beer

Mike Portnoy was born on April 20, 1967 and raised in Long Beach, New York, where his interest in music started at an early

age. "My father was a rock n' roll disc jockey, so I was always surrounded by music constantly. I had this huge record

collection when I was real young and loved the Beatles and then later on Kiss. It was inevitable that I'd become a musician."

Although Mike taught himself how to play the drums, he did take music theory classes in high school. During that time he

began playing in local bands Intruder, Rising Power and Inner Sanctum, the latter of which released their own album. Mike left

the band after being awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee Music College in Boston.

An avid collector of many things, Mike has a vast array of Dream Theater memorabilia including bootlegs, posters, clippings

and everything else under the sun with the band's name on it. He is also responsible for capturing everything the band does on

video tape and DAT. His huge video collection includes favorite films as 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Jacob's Ladder and The

Wall along with episodes of The Simpsons and memorable boxing matches.

Mike says his biggest influences are Rush drummer Neil Peart and the late Frank Zappa. Other favorites include drummers

Terry Bozzio, Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Philips, John Bonham and Keith Moon and bands such as The Beatles, Queen, Yes,

Metallica, Jellyfish, Iron Maidon, U2 and Jane's Addiction. He is also a fan of rap music.

Mike and his wife Marlene live in Rockland, NY with their daughter Melody Ruthandrea, new son Max John, dog Bongo and cats E.T. and


Mike uses Tama Starclassic drums, Sabian Cymbals, Remo heads, Drum Workshop Pedals, Pro-Mark Drumsticks and Latin Percussion.

[Top] [Home]

© Ken Hunter January-February 1999.