#77: Mike Ciprari – The Stepping Stones To Success


What’s up Drumtrepreneurs! Welcome back to another episode of the Drummers I Like Podcast! This week we are chatting with Mike Ciprari, Co-founder of SJC drums and the epitome of what we here at Drummers I Like consider a true “drumtrepreneur”.  Coming from an Entrepreneurial family that had plenty of experience creating success Mike was built from the ground up to handle the serious up’s and down’s of business. From creating his first warehouse for drum building in his grandma’s basement to sneaking into Vans Warped Tour for almost two weeks straight pretending to be a paying vendor Mike has done it all. On today’s show, we really dig deep into Mike’s background, SJC’s rise to success, his journey being on the television show the Profit and everything he learned from super entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis.

About our guest:

Mike Ciprari is the Co-founder of SJC drums, an entrepreneur, and most importantly a loving Father and Husband. His work ethic and attention to detail for each and everyone of his customers has been the beating heart behind SJC drums and their rapid growth over the last 15 years.

Key Points from today’s episode:

  • You’ve got to trust your instinct: Mike takes us back to the beginning days of his musical career as he found punk rock, fell in love with 311 and started to invest his adolescent time into understanding the in’s and outs of starting his first punk band.
  • Take me away from the norm: As he and his brother grew up it was a true competitive spirit that defined their ability to truly succeed when two brilliant minds started building the company that would change the percussion game for the better.
  • You got to come original: Mike takes up deep into his experience on The Profit, meeting Marcus Lemonis and refresh being on that show really gave him. Something that really stands out in this section is Mike’s deep appreciation towards the idea that when he met Marcus it felt like his journey had just begun.

Mike was hands down one of my favorite guests of all time as we truly bridged the gap between drummer and business owner gauging a true understanding of what it takes to an entrepreneur and most importantly a drumtrepreneur


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– Richard

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  • Emre Mert, Instagram: drummer_istanbul
    December 15, 2017 12:20 pm

    It was really interesting to listen to Mike and learn about his way to success. This interview gave me both useful advises and motivation. The last i think is more important. Thanx to such interviews people can be sure that everyone can become successful, You just need to believe in yourself. And work hard. Yeah, that cant be excluded:)

  • First ever podcast that I’ve listened to and it captivated me the entire time. Great convos that only make me want to join the sjc family even more. Thanks for a great listen!

  • David Lalnunsangkima
    December 30, 2017 12:04 pm

    “Remember what you’re grateful for”
    Listening to Mike’s podcast, i really feel a connection both as a drummer and as a businessman, his way of going through everyday, all the stress and works that needs done, its not as easy as it sound, you really need to have principles and self discipline to do all these. Very inspiring listening him tell his story.

  • really the best way to approach the construction of instruments by musicians makes the sound of musical instruments much better, the passion for music contributes a lot so that Mike ciprari with his company of construction of drums


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