Mikiya Ito

Session Drummer

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Just started this remote thing, let's do it.


Mikiya Ito is New York City-based freelance drummer. Born and raised in Japan. Mikiya has been playing drums since the age of seven, influenced by his father who is also musician, singer and songwriter. When he entered his teen, his musical interests expanded to funk, soul, hip hop and jazz. He moved to New York City in January 2016 to pursue his music career as a professional drummer. Since he moved to New York City he had performed at NYFW, The Groove, The Cornelia Street Cafe, The Public Theater, W Hotel in Times Square, etc.

Currently Mikiya is recording remotely, he has US Midwest tour up coming this summer with Dylan Doyle. Mikiya is also offering live music with his band for bars and restaurants in NYC.

Mikiya has performed at New York Fashion Show, The W Hotel in Times Square, The Public Theatre, Joe's Pub, Shiva Thatre, The Groove, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Bitter End, Webster Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Electric, Pianos, KGB Bar, Pangea, Pete's Candy Store, Bushwick Public House, Zavo, Chez Josephine, The Greats of Craft, Sek'end Sun and many other places in the city also across different states.


Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Mikiya Ito

  1. Q: What's your typical work process?

  2. A: I like to hop on video/phone call with my client first, it's important for me to get to know them and for them to feel comfortable to tell me what's exactly they like to hear on their project.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: Marcus Gilmore, Nate Smith, Brian Blade, Ulysses Owens Jr., Jonathan Barber, etc.

  5. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  6. A: 20 years since started playing the drums, 5 years since started working as a drummer in NYC.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: Jazz/Funk/Polyrhythms

  9. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  10. A: Live performance, custom drum loops, remote/in person recording session.

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