Mika Watanabe

Mika Watanabe was born in Yokosuka, Japan in 1988. Mika started playing drums at age of 16, as a member of “Spitz” cover band formed by her high school friends. She decided to be a professional drummer at the age of 18, and joined so many various jam sessions.

Since then, Mika has been working professionally and performed for numerous bands and artists in Tokyo, Japan. She studied at the drummers training institution “Muraishi Drum Dojo”  for about 3 years, and now, she continues studying with well known drummer, Shiino Kyoichi.

In 2018, Mika was selected as the finalist of the Hit Like A Girl Contest in the over 18 age group. In 2020, she was selected as the Japan Regional champion in the over 18 age group. In 2022, Mika participated in a “GADDIMENTS CONTEST” and won. She started her own band “Hodie” in 2020, and released 1st album “Remember the moment,every moment” last year.

Mika likes music irrespective of the genre that floats in various scenes. Especially loves Stevie Nicks, Alicia Keys, Hikaru Utada, YUKI, Kazuya Yoshii, Dave Grohl.  Her dream is to perform with them in her own band. Continuing to explore roots of many music, art, and culture deeply through the drums is her lifework.